Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Duffy and Avinger Research in Brazil Covered by NSFDr. Siobain Duffy (right) and undergraduate Kendra Avinger (above) participated in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program. Kendra conducted research this summer on Begomoviruses under the mentorship of Dr. F. Murilo Zerbini at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil, supported by an NSF IREU supplement. They were recently interviewed and featured on DEBrief, the NSF Division of Environmental Biology blog.
Lathrop and Others Studying Water Conditions in Barnegat Bay
Dr. Richard Lathrop, Professor of Ecology and Director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA), is one of many Rutgers scientists working in collaboration with NJDEP and other institutions to study deterioration of Barnegat Bay, one of New Jersey’s iconic coastal waterways, due to nitrogen run-off from suburban bayside towns. His recent contributions, done in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, were reported recently as the USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5072 and were summarized in several news outlets, including the Asbury Park Press and the Courier Post.
Our interdisciplinary department specializes in ecology, evolution, and natural resource conservation. We study the evolutionary origins and maintenance of biodiversity, conserving and restoring native ecosystems, and issues of global change such as managing natural resources within urban ecosystems.