Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Siobain Duffy Tackles African Staple Crop Disease Epidemics
Siobain Duffy is investigating the root of viral disease in cassava crops in East Africa. Cassava, also known as yuca, manioc, or tapioca, is a staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, providing “nearly 40% of the calories consumed in Africa,” says Duffy. “But diseases caused by [viruses] limit cassava production on small producer or subsistence farms.” Duffy is part of a multinational research team that will contribute to that cause with the support of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Department for International Development grant to study cassava disease epidemics. READ MORE
Joann Harvey and Ed Green Awarded for GIS Research2011 Ph.D recipient Joann Harvey and her advisor, DEENR faculty Ed Green were awarded second place for the 2013 Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems by the Imaging and Geospatial Research Society (ASPRS). The study was part of Harvey's dissertation work, which used remotely sensed images of northern Alaska with Bayesian statistics to understand annual environmental changes. Harvey and Green's work was published in the Dec 2013 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, and will be celebrated at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky later this month.
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.