Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Ecology and Evolution
Graduate Program Newsletter
Previous newsletters may be found at:
are pleased to begin the new year with the expanded
newsletter. We are now including information from not only DEENR faculty,
E&E graduate students and alumni but from E&E graduate program faculty
as well. The E&E graduate program faculty’s departmental affiliation, if
other than DEENR, will be noted in parenthesis following their name or news
to everyone who contributed to this inaugural edition of the expanded
newsletter. We look forward to hearing from more of you for future editions.
Jason Grabosky gave
the following presentations this month:
- On Jan. 18 he spoke at the
North Jersey RCRE Turf, Tree and Landscape Symposium. His talk was titled:
"The top five ways to kill your client's tree and not even realize
- On Jan. 30 he presented
two talks titled "Tree selection software and resources" and
"Dealing with tree-pavement
conflicts.” at the Atlantic City NJASLA (American Society of Landscape
Architects) annual meeting.
Teresa Johnson, a
Ph.D. candidate in Bonnie McCay’s lab, gave a
presentation on Cooperative Research in Marine Fisheries at a special symposium
of the American Fisheries Society, Anchorage, Alaska,
She and Bonnie McCay were invited
panelists for the 2 day Sea Grant symposium on Cooperative Fisheries Science
Krumins, a Ph.D. candidate in Peter Morin’s lab, gave a presentation to the Advanced
Life Support Research and Development Group at Kennedy
in Florida on January 10, 2006 titled, "Causes
and Consequences of Diversity in Microbial Communities".
research of Michael May (Entomology)
and his Ph.D. student David Moskowitz
were featured in National Geographic in October. The work is in collaboration
with Martin Wikelski of Princeton
more information about the use of radio transmitters and dragonfly migration:
George McGhee (Geological Sciences)
gave an invited lecture, "A Spatial Approach to Evolutionary
Constraint", on 4 August at the Konrad Lorenz
Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Vienna,
Austria, where he was in
residence as a Fellow.
Kristen Ross, a
Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, attended a conference sponsored by the
Ecological Society of America held January
8-12, 2006, in Merida,
Yucatan, Mexico. The conference was titled: Ecology in an Era
of Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Scientists in
Kristen presented a poster, co-authored with Joan
Ehrenfeld and Manisha V. Patel,
in the Invasive Species poster session. The poster was titled “The Effects of
Soil Amendments on the Nitrogen Dynamics of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
and Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium
vimineum) in New Jersey
Kristen’s travel was partly sponsored by the Graduate School
of New Brunswick Conference Travel Award program.
Bushek (Marine and Coastal Sciences and Haskins Shellfish Research Lab) and
Sean Boyd a Master’s student in David’s lab report:
- David Bushek and Sean Boyd. "Seasonal
Abundance and Occurrence of the Asian Isopod Synidotea
laevidorsalis in Delaware Bay,USA." Biological
Invasions (2006) 00:1-6
Robert Cox (Ph.D. 2005) and his advisor Henry John-Alder
(Department of Animal Sciences) published the following:
- Cox, Robert M. and Henry B. John-Alder. Testosterone
has opposite effects on male growth in lizards (Sceloporus
spp.) with opposite patterns of sexual size
dimorphism. Journal of Experimantal Biology 208: 4679-4687.
Kathy Sedia (Ph.D. 2001) and her advisor Joan Ehrenfeld
- Sedia, E. and J. G. Ehrenfeld. Extracellular
enzyme activities and decomposition rates in lichen and moss mats of the
New Jersey Pinelands. Biology and
Fertility of Soils.
Rebecca Jordan reported the
- Spady, T.C., O Seehausen,
E.R. Loew, R.C. Jordan, T.D. Kocher, and K.L. Carleton. 2005. Adaptive molecular
evolution in the opsin genes of rapidly
speciating cichlid species. Molecular
Biology and Evolution 22: 1412-1422.
Julie Lockwood published the
- Lockwood, J.L.
Stranger in a strange land: Book review of Out of Eden:
An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion. Issues in Science and Technology
- Lockwood, J.L. Life
in a double-hotspot: the transformation of Hawaiian bird diversity
following invasion and extinction. Biological Invasions 8:
- Marchetti, M.P., J.L.
Lockwood and T. Light. Urbanization promotes invasion and extinction
but not homogenization among California freshwater fishes. Biological Conservation,
Bonnie McCay (Human Ecology)
reports the following publications:
Bradley Walters, Bonnie J. McCay, C. Paige West, and
Susan Lees, eds. Forthcoming.
Against the Grain: TheVayda Tradition in Anthropology and Human
McCay, Bonnie J. 2005. “Gender, Globalization and a Tragic Choice on Fogo Island, Newfoundland: The Human Rights Case,” in Barbara Neis, Marian Binkley, Siri Gerrard and Maria Cristina Maneschy,
Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization. Halifax, Fernwood
Press. Pp 116-132.
McCay, Bonnie J. 2006. “Oyster Wars, the Public
Trust, and the Law in New Jersey,” in New Jersey’s Environments: Past, Present,
and Future, Neil M. Maher, ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
McCay, Bonnie J. 2005.
“Getting to the Bottom of It:
Bringing Social Science into Benthic Habitat Management” in P.W. Barnes
and J.P. Thomas, eds., Benthic Habitats and the Effects of Fishing. American Fisheries Society Symposium 41. Bethesda, MD:
American Fisheries Society.
Peter Morin’s lab reports the following publication:
B. Hughes Martiny, Brendan J.M. Bohannan, James H. Brown, Robert Colwell, Jed Fuhrman,
Jessica Green, M. Claire Horner-Devine,Matthew
Kane, Jennifer Adams Krumins,
Cheryl R. Kuske, Peter Morin, Shahid Naeem, Lise øvreås,
Anna-Louise Reysenbach, Val Smith, James Staley.
2006. Microbial biogeography: Putting microorganisms on the map. Nature
Reviews Microbiology 4: 102-112.
Steward T.A. Pickett and his lab at the Institute for
Ecosystems Studies (IES) in Millbrook, NY
have published the following:
J.M., M. Cadenasso, W.R. Burch,
Jr., S.T.A. Pickett, J. P. M.
O'Neil-Dunne, K. Schwarz, M.
Wilson, A. R. Troy and C. Boone. 2006. "Data and Methods
Comparing Social Structure and Vegetation Structure of Urban Neighborhoods
in Baltimore, Maryland."
Society & Natural Resources 19:117-136.
Alison Siegel,( M.S. 2006, advisor Colleen
Hatfield) a Ph.D. student in Julie Lockwood’s
lab, and Jean Marie Hartman (Landscape
Architecture) report the following:
The Peter Smouse lab is continues to be busy:
Smouse PE and Robledo-Arnuncio JJ.
2005. Measuring the genetic structure of the pollen pool as the probability of
paternal identity. Heredity
- Sork VL, Grivet D and Smouse PE. 2005. Gene flow in California
valley oak varies both spatially and temporally. In: Proc. XVII Internat. Botan. Congr. Vienna, p.
- Grivet D, Smouse PE and Sork VL. 2005. A new approach to the study of seed
dispersal: a novel approach to an old problem. Molec. Ecol. 14:3585-3595.
- Gonzales E, Hamrick
JL (2005) Distribution of genetic diversity among disjunct
populations of the rare forest understory herb, Trillium reliquum.
- Sork VL and Smouse PE. 2006. Genetic analysis of landscape connectivity in
tree populations. Landsc. Ecol. (in press)
- Peakall R and Smouse PE. 2005. GenAlEx
6: Genetic Analysis in Excel. Population genetic software for teaching and
research. Molec. Ecol. Notes (in press).
- Gonzales E, Hamrick
JL, Smouse PE and Dyer RJ. 2006.
Pollen mediated gene dispersal within continous and
fragmented populations of a forest understory
species, Trillium cuneatum. Molec. Ecol. (in press)
Peakall R and Smouse PE. 2005. GenAlEx 6: Genetic Analysis in Excel. Population
Genetic Software forTeaching and Research ã Aust.
Natl. Univ., Canberra, Australia. http://www.anu.edu.au/BoZo/GenAlEx/
Two new and very rare species of
the anti-malarial gentian genus Tachia have been described by Lena Struwe,
Paul Maas, and Cook honors undergraduate Matt Kinkade
in the most recent issue of Blumea. These
species have only been found once or three times, respectively, and are from
the southern part of Brazil
in an area that this genus previously was not known. Tachia siwertii is named after Swedish palynologist Siwert Nilsson, and Tachia lancisepala
is named after its knife-like sepals, with long sharp apices.
To read more:
L., M. P. Kinkade, & P. J. M. Maas. 2005. Two
new Brazilian species of Tachia (Gentianaceae:
Helieae). Blumea 50:
Trivers (Anthropology) and his co-authors William M. Brown, Lee Cronk, Keith Grochow, Amy
Jacobson, C. Karen Liu, Zoran Popovi had
the cover article in Nature: “Dance reveals symmetry
especially in young men.” on Decemeber 22, 2005, p1148
Judy Weis (Dept of Biology, Newark) reports the following publications:
J.S. Diet and food web support of the white perch, Morone
in the Hackensack Meadowlands of New Jersey. Environ. Biol. Fishes 74:109-113 (2005)
Yuhas, C., Hartman, J., Weis, J.S. Benthic communities in Spartina alterniflora- and
Phragmites australis-dominated salt marshes in the
Meadowlands, New Jersey. Urban Habitats, vol
3 #1 on line (2005).
J.S. and P. Weis. Use of intertidal mangrove and sea wall habitats by coral
reef fishes in the Wakatobi Marine Part, Indonesia. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 53:
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Peter Smouse will
join the Genetic Variations and Evolution grants panel of NIH in February 2006.
workshop on "Teaching Evolution at Rutgers"
for all university faculty has been planned for 8 Feb 2006 by members of the E&E
graduate program. The keynote speakers will be Eugenie Scott (Director of the
National Center for Science Education), Diane Ebert-May (Professor of Plant
Biology, Michigan State University), Paul Falkowski (IMCS, Rutgers University),
and Robert Goodman (Executive Dean of Cook
College, Rutgers University). Following the morning symposium, and a catered
lunch, faculty will break out into workshop sessions. Workshops will cover
several topics, including: bringing evolutionary content into
'non-evolutionary' courses; designing life-science curricula and university
core curricula with evolution in mind; and Pathways to Scientific Teaching
about Evolution. The planning for the workshop/symposium is a joint effort by
Jody Hey and Chi-hua Chiu (Genetics, FAS) and Lena Struwe,
Karl Kjer, Rebecca Jordan and Peter Smouse
(all of the department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources). The event
is sponsored by both the FAS Executive Dean and the
Cook Executive Dean, as well as several departments at Cook and FAS. For more
information, go to: http://evolru.rutgers.edu/Workshop2006.html
before Jan 29 - space is limited!
- Joan Ehrenfeld served as a member
of the Energy Policy Advisory Group to the Corzine
- Bonnie McCay (Human Ecology)
serves on the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Offshore Wind
Energy, which is due to make its final report in March 2006.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Sean Boyd, a Master’s student in Dave Bushek’s lab, was awarded $2000 from the NJ Water Resources
Research Institute for his research. The project is titled: “The Potential
Impact of the Asian Isopod, Synidotea laevidorsalis (Miers 1881),
on the Delaware Bay, USA.”
Juan Jose Robledo
Arnuncio, a Post-doc in Peter Smouse’s lab, has taken a position with the Laboratoire Génétique et Environnement, Université de Montpellier (France),
where he is a recipient of the very prestigious Marie Curie Postdoctoral Award from the EU. We will miss him and
wish him all the best.
John Graham,(Ph.D.1986, advisor Robert Vrijenhoek)
Reid Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department at Berry College,
in northwestern Georgia has sent the following news items that appeared in
their own newsletter:
Graham was recognized for writings that “stand out in terms of importance
and quality” during a review of the book Developmental Instability:
Causes and Consequences that recently appeared in the American Journal
of Physical Anthropology. Dr. Graham and his collaborators wrote
five chapters for the book describing various elements of their
cutting-edge theoretical and empirical work on the phenomenon of
fluctuating asymmetry. The review was written by Benedikt
Hallgrimsson of the University
Graham has coauthored an article published in Ecological Indicators
that is titled “Leaf Fluctuating Asymmetry, Soil Disturbance, and Plant
Stress: A Multiple Year Comparison Using Two Herbs, Ipomoea pandurata and Cnidoscolus
stimulosus.” These two herbs respond
to ecosystem-level stress associated with military training at Fort
Graham and colleagues found that leaf asymmetry increased with soil
disturbance and burning in the previous year.
August, Dr. Graham presented one paper and was coauthor of two other talks
at the joint meetings of the International Congress of Ecology and the
Ecological Society of America in Montreal.
Dr. Graham’s talk, titled “Intermediate Disturbance and Ant Communities
in a Forested Ecosystem,” was coauthored with students Russ Long and
Jonathan Nutter and collaborators at Prescott College and the University
of Illinois, Champaign. Prior to that meeting, Dr. Graham’s
colleagues presented results from their research on landscape disturbance
and biodiversity at the International Botanical Congress in Vienna.
Recent papers in 2005:
- Miglia, K. J., E. D. McArthur, W. Moore, H. Wang, J.
H. Graham, and D. C. Freeman. Narrow hybrid zone between basin and
mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata:
Asteraceae). XIV. Nine year reciprocal
transplant update: the importance of multiple-year tracking of fitness.
Journal of the Linnean Society (in press)
- Freeman, D. C., M. L.
Brown, J. J. Duda, J. H. Graham, J. M. Emlen, A. Krzysik, H. Balbach, D. Kovacic, and J.
C. Zak. Developmental instability in Rhus copallinum
L.: multiple stressors, years, and responses. International
Journal of Plant Sciences (in press)
- Freeman, D. C., M. L.
Brown, J. J. Duda, J. H. Graham, J. M. Emlen, A. J. Krzysik, H. Balbach, D. A. Kovacic, and
J. C. Zak. 2005. Leaf fluctuating
asymmetry, soil disturbance and plant stress: a multiple year comparison
using two herbs, Ipomoea pandurata and Cnidoscolus stimulosus.
Indicators 5: 85-95.
Robert Hedin, ( Ph.D. 1987, advisor Joan Ehrenfeld) President of Hedin
Environmental in Pittsburgh. reports the following
Hedin RS, Stafford SL and Weater
TJ, 2005. Acid mine
drainage flowing from abandoned gas wells. Mine Water and the Environment: 24(2) 104-106.
Alex Hernandez, (Ph.D. 2005, advisor
Michael Sukhdeo) was awarded a two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship grant by the
Japan Society for the Progress of Science (JSPS) to study the ecology of
parasites and Japanese macaques on Yakushima
Island, Japan. The title of the grant is: Structure and energetics of the Yakushima Island
food web sustaining Japanese macaques (Macaca uscata) and their helminth
parasites". Alex’s stay in Japan
is sponsored by the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto
University and the work will be in
collaboration with Dr. Michael Huffman.
Jorge Saliva (Ph.D. 1995, advisor
Joanna Burger) is working with the Endangered Species Program of U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service in Boquerón, Puerto Rico.
He sent the following publication co-authored with David Shealer (Ph.D. 1995, advisor Joanna
Burger). David is in the Department of Biology at Loras College
in Dubuque, Iowa.
D.A., J.E. Saliva, and J. Pierce.
2005. Annual survival and
movement patterns of Roseate Terns breeding in Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Waterbirds
Kathy Sedia (Ph.D. 2001, advisor Joan
Ehrenfeld) has been promoted to Associate Professor of Biology at The Richard
Stockton College of New Jersey. Congratulations Kathy!
(Ph.D. 2001, advisor Bonnie McCay) is a tenured associate professor at Mount
Sackville, New Brunswick,
Canada. He is beginning a new forestry research
project on the Caribbean island
of St Lucia. He and Professor Bonnie McCay
are co-editors of a forthcoming Lexington Press volume, “Against the Grain,”
which commemorates the career and ideas of emeritus faculty member Andrew P.