Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Ecology and Evolution
Graduate Program Newsletter
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Dahle, a Ph.D. student in Jason Grabosky’s lab,
delivered a presentation titled: “Trees & Pavement: Design strategies for
establishing trees around impervious materials” at the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short
Course, held in Virginia Beach, VA
on Feb 1.
Grabosky was busy as always:
- On Feb 11th Jason spoke at the Long Island
Arboricultural Association Annual Conference. His talk was titled : “Trees and construction damage.”
- On Feb 17th
Jason spoke on “Integration of Trees and Pavement” at the Texas Urban
Moskowitz, a Ph.D. student in Michael May’s
lab, gave a presentation entitled "Wetlands, Category One Waters, Vernal
Pools and Threatened and Endangered Species" on February 8th at the
Rutgers University Continuing Professional Education Seminar on Environmental
Law and Regulation.
David will also be speaking at the East Brunswick Public
Library on March 2nd on "Vernal Pools - The Oasis in the Forest".
Joe Paulin, a
Ph.D. student in the David Ehrenfeld lab, has been speaking with groups
throughout NJ. His presentations follow:
Joe spoke to Bergen
County grounds managers on reducing
human-wildlife conflicts and decreasing wildlife damage.
He gave a presentation
to Mercer County Master Gardeners on reducing wildlife damage around the home
· Joe was invited to
give a seminar for faculty and undergraduate students at The Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey titled “Human and wildlife interactions: Madagascar crocodiles and New Jersey Black Bears”
Jordan, R.C., D.V. Howe,
Beavers, A., Dean, A., and Gould J.L. 2006. Female preferential association with members
of their own population in Poecilia gilli (Poeciliidae). Journal
of Freshwater Ecology 21: 47-52.
Achievements and Activities:
Faculty members of the Ecology and Evolution Graduate
Program hosted a workshop on February 8th titled: “Teaching
evolution at Rutgers: Symposium and Workshop.” The
workshop was hosted by Jody Hey, Lena Struwe, Chi-hua Chiu, Karl
Kjer, Rebecca Jordan, and Peter
Smouse. Over 150 faculty and students from various units
across the university attended this successful workshop.
Steven Handel is a member of the design
team that just has won the international competition, against 23 other teams,
to design and build the Orange County
Park. This will be a 1,300 acre public park built
on a former Marine Corps air base, El Toro Air Base.
land is now flat and covered with concrete runways and hangers. Much of the land will be ecologically
restored to wetlands, meadows, coastal sage scrub, and so on. Even some birds. The Handel lab will determine proper
restoration targets and protocols, and supervise the
work, in conjunction with architects, engineers, and
landscape architects. The county has allocated $200 million for construction of
the Great Park.
The park is near to Univ. California
- Irvine, and collaborative work
with their faculty and students, assisting Rutgers, is
appreciate NOT having endless "OC" or "Laguna
Beach" jokes tossed at him. And no, he is not taking surfing lessons from
Lockwood is a member of the Technical Review Committee
for New Jersey Audubon's Important Bird Areas Program. She participated on February 9th,
at a meeting held at the Plainsboro Preserve, in the latest effort to evaluate
On February 2, Julie Lockwood and Alison Siegel, a Ph.D. candidate in Julie’s lab, attended a meeting
of the Land Owner Incentive Program on monitoring grassland birds in New
Jersey. This program is hosted by the New Jersey
Endangered Species Program and New Jersey Audubon. Alison and Julie provided
recommendations to a group that will be surveying for grassland birds
throughout the state this year and specifically on property enrolled in various
State and Federally sponsored private landowner
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Alex Felson, a Ph.D.
student in Steward T.A. Pickett’s lab, and the landscape architecture firm EDAW
received the New York American Society of Landscape Architecture Merit Award
2005 for the Idlewild Experimental Research and Education
Center. Alex will be designing the project to include
specific research topics as part of his Ph.D. thesis in E&E.
Jean Maire Molina, a Ph.D. candidate in
Lena Struwe’s lab, received a $1000 scholarship from Annie’s Homegrown (yes,
the mac and cheese people) for research purposes. The
program is called Annie’s Environmental Studies Scholarships.
Moskowitz and the East Brunswick Environmental Commission
have begun the updates on the
website for the "Great Salamander Migration" where they will
once again (The 3rd Annual) be closing a road in East Brunswick\South Brunswick
to allow the spotted salamanders to migrate across the road to their breeding
pools. More than 150 people came out last year to watch and help. Updates and
an email notice list can be obtained on the East Brunswick Environmental
Commission website @ www.njnaturenotes.com
Several students participated in
The "Science and the Law" Seminar co-organized by Beth Ravit (Rutgers
Environmental Research Clinic -- Cook College) and Richard Webster (Rutgers Environmental
Law Clinic -- RU School of Law, Newark) on January 20th. The Seminar
was composed of graduate students in the various sciences from Cook College and law students from RU School of Law (Newark). This was the inauguration of an exciting
exchange between these student groups. Participants from E&E
included Shannon Galbraith-Kent from Steven Handel’s lab, Aabir Banerji and Jennifer Adams
Krumins from Peter Morin’s lab and Kristen Ross and Emilie Stander from Joan
Congratulations to Jean Maire Molina, a Lena Struwe
student, on the successful completion of her qualifying exam and thus her
advancement to Candidacy in the Ph.D. program.
Congratulations also go to the
following students for the successful defense of their Preliminary Research
Gray, a Ph.D. candidate in John
Dighton’s lab., on January 20th
Santiago Bass, a Ph.D. candidate in Judy Weis’ lab,
on February 1st
Schramm, a Ph.D. candidate in Joan
Ehrenfeld’s lab, on February 9th.
John Brzorad, Ph.D. 1994, advisor Joanna
accepted a new position as the Director of the Thomas W. Reese Institute for
the Conservation of Natural Resources at Lenoir-Rhyne College, NC.
J.C. Clement, a former post-doc in Joan
Ehrenfeld’s lab, announces the birth of his daughter Gabrielle.
Gabrielle was born February 19th. Gwen, Gabrielle and J.C. are all
doing well. J.C. is at the Laboratoire d’Ecologie
Alpine in Grenoble, France.
John Graham Ph.D. 1986, advisor Robert Vrijenhoek , is a co-author on a recent paper published in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. The authors have been working on
the Big Sagebrush Hybrid Zone for 17 years. This is a summary
of a 9-year reciprocal-transplant experiment. These results
partly support the Bounded Hybrid Superiority model and show the importance of
long- term studies of hybrid fitness.
- Miglia, K. J., E. D. McArthur, W. Moore, H. Wang, J.
H. Graham, and D. C. Freeman. 2005. Nine-year reciprocal
transplant experiment in the gardens of the basin and mountain big
sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata: Asteraceae) hybrid zone of Salt
the importance of multiple-year tracking of fitness. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86: 213-225.
Mark Laska, Ph.D
1996, advisor Peter Morin, now has 8 full time people working for him in NYC at Great
Eastern Ecology, Inc. You can find out more information about his firm at
Mark reports the following publications, one co-authored
with Lisamarie Windham, Ph.D. 1999, advisor Joan
Program Assessment of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System by
David J. Yozzo and Mark S. Laska. Ecological Restoration, Vol. 24,
No. 1, 2006 pp 13-21
Evaluating Urban Wetland Restorations: Case
Studies for Assessing Connectivity and Function by Lisamarie
Windham, Mark S. Laska, and Jennifer Wollenberg. Urban Habitats, Vol. 2, No. 1: December