of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
and Evolution Graduate Program Newsletter
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Each spring the Ecology,
Evolution, & Natural Resources Department honors graduating seniors in four
areas with Outstanding Student Awards. Awardees
are nominated by faculty based on their assessment of the student's
professionalism and performance both in and out of the classroom. Attention is also given as to how the awardee
reflects the ideals of the individual to whom the award is dedicated.
This year’s recipients are:
- Dimitry Gershenson for receiving the M. Buell Outstanding
Student in Ecology
- Stevie N. Steffey for receiving the R. Locandro Outstanding
Student in Natural Resources
- Samuel D. Joseph for receiving the J. Applegate Outstanding
Student in Wildlife Conservation
- Carolyn E. Haines for receiving the E. B. Moore Forestry Award
The awardees names will appear in the commencement
brochure. They will be invited to the SEBS awards ceremony held on April 23rd,
and they will receive a certificate of award.
On March 3, David
Ehrenfeld gave a plenary lecture in the "Science in the Modern
World" program at Purchase
College, State University
of New York. The audience comprised
approximately 400 students, faculty, and members of the public.
Karl Kjer spoke at the international
“Taller del Nodo IBUNAM de la Red MEXBOL El Codigo de Barras de la Vida” (the
Mexican barcode of life workshop) sponsored by the Universidad Nacional
Autonóma de México (UNAM), in Mexico
City, March 8, 2009.
His talk focused on the strengths and limitations of barcode data for
Rick Lathrop was invited to present a paper at the Atlantic Estuarine
Research society's annual spring meeting at Ocean City, Maryland,
on March 6, 2009. The talk was titled
"Assessing the Impact of Land Use Change on the Barnegat Bay
Kathleen McCarthy, a master’s student working with Rick Lathrop, presented a
poster at the Joint Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of
America and the Mid-Atlantic Society for Restoration Ecology on March 13-14,
2009. The conference took place at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.
The poster was titled "The source - sink dynamics of anurans in stormwater
basins of the New Jersey
a Ph.D candidate in Joanna Burger’s lab, published an article in the New
York-New Jersey Trail Conference newsletter TrailWalkers.
The title is “Marauding Salamanders: The Earliest Sign of Spring.” See page
seven of http://www.nynjtc.org/trailwalker/2009/ma09.pdf
Rebecca Jordan reports the following publication with co-authors Steven Gray and Ravit Golan Duncan:
R., Gray, S. and R. Golan Duncan. (2008) Teachers and Scholarship:
Self-definition of Teachers in the Scientific Enterprise. Education and Society, 26: 33-44.
Cesar Rodriguez-Saona (Department of Entomology) has the following publication:
Rodriguez-Saona, L., and Frost, C. 2009. Herbivore-induced volatiles in the perennial
shrub, Vaccinium corymbosum, and their role in inter-branch signaling.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 35: 163-175.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Fefferman is one of only two Rutgers
nominees for the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering Award for 2009.
The David and Lucille Packard Foundation website describes the fellowship as
follows; “to allow the nation's most
promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their
careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. Every
year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two
professors each from their institutions. Nominations are reviewed by an advisory
panel of distinguished scientists and engineers. The panel then selects 20
Fellows to receive individual awards of $875,000, payable over five consecutive
years.” For more information regarding
this honor please visit:
A team of researchers from Morehouse University,
led by Prof. Chuang Peng, have received funding from the Department of Homeland
Security to work in Nina Fefferman's
lab this summer. This team will collaborate with Fefferman to further her work
investigating the uses of entropy measures in biosurveillance.
Lathrop and John Bognar of Rutgers Center
for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) teamed with John Bunnell of
the NJ Pinelands Commission to develop a vegetation management plan for
electric transmission line right-of-ways in the New Jersey Pinelands. The goal
of the project was to prepare right-of-way (ROW) maintenance plans that create
and maintain relatively stable and sustainable early successional habitats that
reflect characteristic Pinelands habitats, require minimal management, ensure
transmission reliability and safety, and minimize the need for individual
Pinelands permit reviews. The Final Draft ROW Maintenance Plan is available at http://www.state.nj.us/pinelands/science/major/index.html#1
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Jeremy Feinberg, a Ph.D candidate in Joanna Burger’s lab, received a Bevier Fellowship for the
2009-2010 academic year.
a Ph.D. candidate in Animal Sciences working with Henry John-Alder, has been
selected for a Fulbright award to visit the Czech Republic
in 2010. Her Fulbright project will
build on research that she has already initiated with Dr. Lukáŝ Kratochvíl
at Charles University
investigating the hormonal regulation of sexual dimorphisms in closely related
species of Eyelid Geckos.
Esther Leibovich, a Ph.D. candidate in Gary
Taghon’s lab, conducted a workshop for the Teaching Assistant
Project (TAP), on "Designing and Assessing Multiple Choice Exams".
Congratulations to Domenic D’Amore, advisors Kathleen
Scott and George McGhee, on the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation on
March 11, 2009.
(Ph.D. 2008, advisor Steven Handel) has accepted a tenure track position at Hofstra University as an assistant professor in
the biology department. She and Scott and son Sean are planning their exodus
from the frigid upper Midwest of Rochester Minnesota for this summer.
(Ph.D. 2008, advisor Jason Grabosky) gave a presentation entitled “Global
Forest Sustainability”, for the American Forest Foundation at their mentor
training session in Portland,
Oregon, on March 2.
Ramey (Ph.D. 2008, advisors Fred and July Grassle) reports the
following accepted publication from her collaboration with researchers from the
Marine Invertebrates, Sciences Department, Museum of Victoria,
L., Ramey, P.A. and Wilson, R. New Polygordiidae (Polychaeta) from the
Australian Region. Zootaxa
reports the following publication co-authored with her advisor Judy Weis
Bass, C. and J.S. Weis. 2009. Conspicuous behaviours of Fundulus
heteroclitus (L.) associated with high digenean trematode
metacercariae gill abundances. Journal
of Fish Biology 74:763-772.