Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Ecology and Evolution
Graduate Program Newsletter
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Congratulations to Professor Robert Trivers on receiving the
Dr. Robert Trivers was selected to receive the Crafoord
Prize in 2007 for his many contributions to the field of evolutionary biology.
This prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences in areas not
considered by the Nobel Committee, including Mathematics and non-medical
Biological Sciences. It is an exceptional recognition of outstanding
achievement by one of our colleagues.
Complete text of the announcement is available at the Academy’s Web site: http://www.crafoordprize.se/press/arkivpressreleases/5.51ddd3b10fa0c64b24800018103.html
For the Rutgers news release visit:
Joan Ehrenfeld gave a
talk titled “The
challenge of restoring soils and managing invasive plant species in hardwood
forests” at the Mid-Atlantic Section Society for Ecological Restoration meeting
in Philadelphia, PA.
Henry John-Alder with Robert
Cox and Emily Taylor (Cal.
State San Luis
presented an invited contribution titled "Proximate Determinants of Sexual
Size Dimorphism: Case Studies From Squamate
Reptiles" in a Society
for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
symposium called "Ecological Dimorphisms in Vertebrates: Proximate and
Ultimate Causes". The SICB
conference was held in Phoenix
during the first week of January.
Ph.D. student in Joanna Burger’s lab, presented
a poster at the Eighth Conference of the Herpetological Association of Africa
at North-West University
in Potchefstroom, South
Africa in January.
- Feinberg, J.A., T.M. Green and
K.E. Hoffmann. 2006. “Using GIS to study habitat use and home
range of rare herpetofauna at Brookhaven
On January 9th, Frank Gallagher, a Ph.D. candidate in
Dr. Jason Grabosky’s
Urban Forestry lab, gave a presentation on the significance of green space in
the New York Harbor for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. The talk was
given as a correlate to a presentation by Amy Meyer, co-chair, People for a
Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Jason Grabosky spoke
in Tempe AZ
on January 9th at the Western Chapter of the International Society
of Arboriculture workshop. The talk was titled "Three quick looks at
recent pruning studies."
Jason Grabosky spoke
on January 17th to the Central Jersey Turf and Ornamental Institute at the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape
Association (NJNLA) Conference and Tradeshow. The presentation was
titled "Selection of plant materials for the urban environment."
Grabosky gave a presentation titled "Best management
practices for trees: Trees on Park Grounds" to the Bergen
and Recreation Department on January 25th in Hackensack,
Peter Morin visited
from 23 January to 1 February to present three invited seminars and participate
in graduate classes and meetings.
- He presented a seminar to
the Animal Ecology group at the University
on 24 January, titled "Experimental Studies of Community Ecology -
Linking Dynamics and Structure".
- On 25 January he presented
an invited lecture in the SEE series sponsored by the
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem
Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam.
- On 26 January he
participated in a "master class" for ecology graduate students
at the University of Amsterdam.
- He also presented the
honorary lecture at the Verweij meeting of the Functional
School (of the Netherlands,
in Lunteren), which took place on Jan. 29-31.
The title of his talk was "Experiments on the functional ecology of
microbes: some lessons learned from small worlds." The goal of the Verweij meeting is to give graduate students in
Ecology and Evolutionary biology in the Netherlands
the opportunity to meet and present their research to an audience of
fellow students and their supervisors.
Schools are organized around thematic topics in the Netherlands,
and seven universities participate in the Functional
School. Peter is keen to build
collaborations between Rutgers and the many excellent
ecologists and evolutionary
biologists that he interacted with in the Netherlands.
Ph.D. student in the Mike May lab, has given
several presentations recently:
for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) at Rutgers
Law Center on
Wetlands, Threatened and Endangered Species and Category 1 waters.
Club on the Butterflies of New
Holly Garden Club on Landscaping for Butterflies and the Great
Monarch Migration to Mexico
Jackie Taylor, a Master’s student in David
Bushek’s lab, presented a poster at the Delaware Estuary
Science Conference on January 22-24 titled “Preliminary investigations of
constructed oyster reef habitat in lower Delaware Bay.”
Ph.D. student in Joanna Burger’s lab, has
the following publication:
S.E. and J.A. Feinberg. 2006.
(Eastern Hognose Snake). Envenomation and Prey Survival. Natural History Note. Herpetological
Review. 37 (3): 352-353.
a Ph.D. candidate in John Dighton’s lab, collaborated
with students and faculty from Washington
University in St.
Louis on the following publication:
- William J. Landesman, Brian F.
Allan, R. Brian Langerhans, Tiffany M. Knight,
and Jonathan M. Chase, “Inter-annual Associations Between Precipitation and Human Incidence
of West Nile Virus in the United States.”
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. (in
Inga Parker La Puma, a Ph.D. candidate
in Rick Lathrop’s lab, has published her Master’s work:
- La Puma IP, Philippi TE,
and SF Oberbauer "Relating NDVI to
ecosystem CO2 exchange patterns in response to season length and soil
warming manipulations in arctic Alaska," Remote Sensing of Environment (in press).
Jason Grabosky was a Delegate for an international research group convened by US Forest
Service, urban and community forestry to discuss research priorities in pruning
of landscape trees. The research group met in Phoenix AZ. on January 8th .
Grabosky has been asked and agreed to serve on the board
of directors for the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Jeremy Feinberg, a
Ph.D. student working with Joanna Burger, appeared in a segment of the new PBS
television program, Science Investigators, which aired January 10th. Jeremy
described his research on the mysterious disappearance of Leopard Frogs from a
portion of their previous range in Long Island, as part
of a segment on amphibian declines. If you missed the show, and want to see
this segment, you can view it at www.pbs.org/wgbh/si. Go to chapter 3 "Mystery in the
Swamp." It is approximately 10 minutes long.
Cindy Puzio, an
undergraduate working in Jason Grabosky’s
Urban Forestry program, received an at-large student scholarship for $1000 from
the Bartlett Tree Foundation. These special scholarships are made to four to
students in arboriculture/urban forestry who have a genuine interest in a
career in arboriculture
Aronson, advisor Steven Handel, successfully defended her
Ph.D. dissertation on December 21st. Myla’s dissertation
was titled “Ecological
Change by Alien Plants in an Urban Landscape.”
Simms, advisor John
Quinlan, successfully defended his Master’s on Dec 21st.
Robert Cox, Ph.D 2005,
advisor Henry John-Alder, reports the following presentations and publications.
Bob will be moving to Dartmouth as
a postdoc this month.
- Cox, RM, A Munoz-Garcia, M Jurkowitz,
and JB Williams. “Beta-glucocerobrosidase
activity in stratum corneum of house sparrows
acclimated to high and low humidity.” Presented at the Society for Integrative and
Comparative Biology in Phoenix.
- Cox, RM, and HB John-Alder. Increased mite parasitism as a
cost of testosterone in male Striped Plateau Lizards, Sceloporus virgatus.
Functional Ecology (in press).
Dan Hernandez, Ph.D. 2005, advisor
David Drake, has been on an expedition to Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile
for the past few weeks. He has a webpage with many photographs, video, and a
detailed travel log:
is currently an Assistant Professor at The Richard Stockton College of New
E&E extended family continues to grow with the birth of Simon Nathaniel
Price. Simon was born to Jennifer
Price (Ph.D. 2004, advisor Peter Morin)
and her husband Chad,
five weeks early on Dec 22nd. Simon weighed only 4 lbs. 2 oz. at
birth. He spent a week in neonatal intensive care but is now home and doing
very well. Congratulations Jennifer and Chad.
Phil Stouffer, Ph.D. 1989, advisor
Harry Power, has the following publication in Science 315:238-241.
- A Large –Scale
Deforestation Experiment: Effects of Patch Area and Isolation on Amazon
Birds. Co-Authors include Goncalo Ferras, James D.
Nichols, James E. Hines, Richard O. Bierregaard
Jr., and Thomas E. Lovejoy.