Previous newsletters may be found at:
Princeton-Rutgers-Penn Student Conference:
The annual P-R-P Conference was held at Penn this year. The retreat is
organized by students as a forum for presenting short papers on their research
and a chance to share knowledge and ideas in an informal gathering. Nine papers
were presented this year, with three of those presented by
Sharron Crane, a PhD. candidate
co-advised by Tamar Barkay and
· Tavis Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate in Mike Sukhdeo’s lab, gave a talk titled “Parasite diversity is constrained by core/periphery structure in food web networks.”
· Ben Baiser, a Ph.D. candidate in Julie Lockwood’s lab, presented a talk titled “Food web topology and species richness control invasions success via trophic interactions in model food webs.”
Patricia Alvarez-Loyaza, Ph.D. May 09, advisor
Rebecca Jordan gave an
invited seminar in the Biology Department Seminar Series at
Kirsten Schwarz, a PhD candidate co-advised by Steward Pickett and Rick Lathrop and Richard Pouyat (PhD 1992), gave an invited talk titled "The Spatial Distribution of Lead in Urban Soils: Results from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study" to the Baltimore City Health Department on April 15th, 2009. The audience consisted of Health Department employees, representatives from other state agencies, and community members.
Rebecca Jordan and Ravit Golan Duncan report the following publication:
Jordan, R. and R.Golan Duncan. 2009. Student teachers' images of science in ecology and genetics. Journal of Biological Education 43:62-70.
Jean Deo, a Ph.D student in Peter Morin's and Rick Ostfeld's labs, published an article in the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference newsletter TrailWalkers. The title is “Nature's Teacher: The Ovenbird.” See page seven of <http://www.nynjtc.org/trailwalker/2009/mj09.pdf>.
Jack Siegrist, a Ph.D. student, in the Morin lab, reports the following publication:
Meghann A, Clark, Jack Siegrist, and Paul A Keddy. 2008 Patterns of frequency in species-rich vegetation in pine savannas: Effects of soil moisture and scale. Ecoscience 15(4) 529-535.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Joanna Burger participated in a week-long series of workshops on
Environmental Health and Ecological Risk Assessment at
David Ehrenfeld has agreed to serve on the editorial board of Koedoe. Koedoe is conservation science and management journal published by the South African National Parks since 1958. David’s appointment to the board is for three years.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has
chosen Steven Handel for the 2009
National Award of Honor for Research. The award is for the Handel lab's
published scientific research over the past few years, under the heading,
"Ecological Restoration Processes to Enhance Urban Landscape Design."
This work underlies all the planning and concepts that Steven does on sites,
developing the structure and dynamic aspects of the new habitats to complement
the beautiful work of the Landscape Architects. The award will be presented at
the next ASLA national meeting, in
Dr. Ron Coleman and David Mellor, a
Ph.D candidate in Rebecca’s lab, gave an in-service
teaching workshop at the Darwin200 Celebration on March 30. The workshop was
titled “Using case study to teach
reports the following activities of the
Julie Lockwood has been appointed as Associate Editor for Biological Conservation. Biological Conservation is a premier international journal that focuses on the conservation of species and ecosystems published by Elsevier.
Special Study and Pre-Dissertation Awards were received two by students:
Jean Deo, a Ph.D student in Peter Morin's and Rick Ostfeld's labs,
received a $3000 Rea Grant for her continued research at
Lea Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in Steven Handel’s lab, was awarded the 2009 Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration for her project “Long-term Outcomes of Urban Woodland Restoration.” The award is $8000.
Student Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Two students will receive Graduate School New Brunswick Awards on April 30th at the Spring Reception to be held in the Life Sciences Atrium:
Alex Felson, a Ph.D. candidate working with Steward Pickett has been named as one of Crain’s 2009 40 under 40. For information about the award and about Alex’s featured work visit:
Lea Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in Steven Handel’s lab, was asked to
join a panel discussion April 17th at the Earth Institute at
Bill Landesman, a Ph.D. candidate working with
Bill Landesman was also interviewed for an article in The Daily Climate regarding climate change and its effect on West Nile Virus. http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/west-nile/Changing-climate-increases-West-Nile-threat-in-U.S
Congratulations to the following:
On the successful defense of their Ph.D. Dissertation:
On the successful defense of their Master’s Thesis:
On the successful completion of their Qualifying Exam:
On the successful defense of their Preliminary Proposal:
Anzelone, M.S. 2000, advisor Jeanmarie Hartman, invites everyone to attend NYC
Wildflower Week. May 2-9, 2009 is 2nd
annual NYC Wildflower Week, celebrating all things green and wild in the Big
Apple—the hundreds of native flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses that call
Frank Gallagher, Ph.D. 2008, advisor Jason Grabosky, was appointed as a visiting scholar through year end 2009.