The E&E Graduate Program made six awards in response to
proposals submitted by graduate students for the 2006 competition for research
grants. These awards are made possible by generous donations made by alumni/ae,
faculty, and friends to the E&E Graduate Program. If you would like to make
a contribution to help continue this important program of graduate student
support, please contact Peter Morin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Julian Avery – “Using Microsatellite Markers To
Establish The Provenance Of Bluebirds On Bermuda.” $974. (Advisor Julie
Wes Brooks - “Species Richness and
Habitat Invasibility: Lessons from Rockland
Hammock Restoration.” $1000. (Advisor
- “The Role Of Precipitation In
Structuring Soil Microbial Communities And Ecosystem Processes” $848 ( Advisor
Brooke Maslo - “A Comparison of
Foraging Efficiency of Piping Plovers (Charadrius
Melodus) Across Potential Foraging Habitats Along Coastal New Jersey.”
$915(Advisor Steven Handel)
Monica Palta - “Linking
Form To Function: Using Soil Properties To Predict NitrogenRemoval Across As Urban Wetland
Landscape.” $1000(Advisor Joan
Jaclyn Taylor – “Demonstrating
The Habitat Value Of Oyster Aquaculture In Delaware Bay.”
$1000 (Advisor David Bushek)
Joe Paulin, a
Ph.D. candidate advised by David Ehrenfeld, has been doing community outreach
giving presentations to local gardening and school groups:
gave 4 lectures on techniques to reduce unwanted human-wildlife
interactions in suburban areas for the Master Gardener Program of Ocean
and County and the Environmental Steward Programs for Northern, Central,
and Southern New Jersey.
was invited to talk to 9 classes at the Paul Robeson School Annual Career
Day about becoming a wildlife ecologist, black bear ecology and research,
and bear awareness training.
was also invited to Career Day at JeffersonElementary School in Plainfield
where he spoke to 200 children about black bear ecology and becoming a
Linda Rohleder, a Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, presented a poster at the 2007 Meadowlands
Symposium on May 16 in Lyndhurst, NJ entitled: “Structure and Composition of the Vegetation at
Teaneck Creek Conservancy”.
Struwe gave an oral presentation and two posters at the
Tripartite Workshop in Biotechnology and BioEnergy held at RutgersUniversity on April 9th to 11th
oral presentation was titled “Brazilian evolutionary relicts in
Gentianaceae: Why are southeastern Brazilian species near the ancestors of
American plant lineages?”
studies of Prepusa Mart. and Senaea Taub. (Gentianaceae) based on
morphological data” (with M. F. Calió & J. R. Pirani). [poster]
and evolution of Chelonanthus (Gentianaceae): the impact of phylogeny on
conservation” (with K. B. Lepis) [poster]
Patricia Alvarez, a
Ph.D. student in James White’s lab, received funding
from the Amazon Conservation Association and ChicagoFieldMuseum to publish the following plant guides. They will be
available in September of 2007.
Alvarez-Loayza, P., Paine,
C.E.T,and Wissenhorn, P. Seedlings
Alvarez-Loayza, P., Paine, C.E.T,
Dexter, K. and Wissenhorn, P.
Seeds and Fruits of Cocha
Chicago Plant Guides.
Kenneth W. Able, John H.
Balletto, Stacy M. Hagan, Paul R. Jivoff,
and KennethStrait. 2007. Linkages between salt marshes and other nekton
habitats in Delaware Bay, USA. Reviews in
Fisheries Science, 15:1–61.
article “Nudging Academic Science into the Public Sphere” appeared in the
May-June 2007 issue of Academe.
Achievements and Activities:
On June 13thand 14thJason Grabosky and the Rutgers Urban
and Community Forestry together with the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial
Analysis hosted the Mid-Atlantic Train-The-Trainers sessions for i-TREE, a
suite of software tools for managing and quantifying urban forest impacts..
i-TREE is a cooperative initiative between the US Forest Service, Davey
Tree Expert Company, The Society of Municipal Arborists, and the Arbor Day
Foundation. Thirty-one people from six states and Washington,
D.C. attended the session to learn about
the program and develop a regional training and outreach network to
help communities, extension and research groups learn and use this public
access resource. http://www.itreetools.org
Jordan has been invited to share her work at a Citizen
Science Conference. The conference, being held at Cornell on June 20th
to 23rd, is part of an NSF supported project to generate a resource
guide for others seeking to do citizen science research.
Struwe arranged a BioBlitz at the Phillips Preserve in Old
Bridge, NJ, on June 10,
together with Richard Lear of the Middlesex County Parks Department.
About 20 people helped identify a multitude of plants, insects, and birds. The
complete species list will be available at http://herbarium.rutgers.edu/bioblitz.htm.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between
RutgersUniversity and the SwedishMuseum of Natural History for yearly exchange of herbarium
material between Chrysler Herbarium and the herbarium in Stockholm, Sweden. This was facilitated by Lena Struwe and The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Executive Dean Robert Goodman. This new collaboration is a continuation of the
nearly 400 year old research connections between New Jersey (part of the colony New Sweden)
and Sweden and part of the 300-year jubilee of Carl Linnaeus that is
being celebrated worldwide.
Lena Struwe served on
a National Science Foundation Grant review panel in May 2007.
Achievements, and Activities:
Alvarez, a Ph.D. student in James White’s lab, received
$3000 from the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), Francis Boyssuit
Fellowship to investigate the effects of pathogens on plant distribution
in undisturbed lowland tropical forests in Manu National
During their 2007 Annual Meeting, Coastal America recognized
John Balletto, a Ph.D. candidate in the Ken Able
lab,for his work with Coastal
America and the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP) in organizing
state chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region.
John was further recognized by being elected to the Board of
Directors to the Coastal America Foundation (CAF) as one of the only
is a federal partnership of thirteen agencies, under the Chairmanship of the
White House Council on Environmental Quality.The goal of Coastal America is the better management of coastal
resources, coordination of their statutory responsibilities and combining their
resources and expertise. CWRP, an affiliate of Coastal America, is an
innovative public-private partnership whose goal is the restoration,
preservation, enhancement and protection of aquatic habitat throughout the US.
Palta, a Ph.D. candidate in the Joan
Ehrenfeld lab, received a grant from The Society of Wetland
Scientists Student Research Grants Program for $1000. The proposal was titled:
"Management of nitrate removal in an urban setting: Examining hydrologic,
geomorphic, and biogeochemical controls on denitrification over multiple
spatiotemporal scales in urban wetlands"
Joe Paulin, a Ph.D.
candidate advised by David Ehrenfeld, was interviewed for a New York Times
article, “WILDLIFE; A Close Call, and a Sign of a Thriving Animal World,” that
ran on Sunday May 6th.
Linda Rohleder, a Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, led the following botany field trips:
May 12 to CrosswicksCreeksPark
in Cream Ridge, NJ
a jointly sponsored trip for the Philadelphia Botanical Club and the
Torrey Botanical Society.
June 16 to SharkRiverPark
in Neptune, NJ
for the Torrey Botanical Society.
Jaclyn Taylor , a Masters student advised by David Bushek, was selected as a recipient for the 2008 National Sea
Grant Knauss Fellowship. The Knauss fellowship, established in 1979, provides a
unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean,
coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting
those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with
"hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located
in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. The program is named
in honor of one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A.
Knauss. The fellowship will begin in Feb 2008.More details are available at http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/
Quals and Prelims
Congratulations to the following students
on the successful completion of their Qualifying Exam:
Rebecca Jordan, on May 29th.
Skowronski, advisor Ming Xu, on May 30th
Mellor, advisor Rebecca Jordan,
on June 1st
Congratulations toAi Wen, co-advised
by David and Joan Ehrenfeld, on the successful
defense of her Preliminary Proposal on May 31st.
Frank, advisor Joanna Burger, successfully defended her
Master’s thesis titled "A Comparison Study of Migratory Raptor
Distribution and Habitat Use at the Cape May Peninsula Stopover" on June 6th.
Jay Kelly, Ph.D. 2006,
advisor Andrew “Pete” Vayda. has accepted a position is in the Department of
Science and Engineering at RaritanValleyCommunity College
Jay will teach classes in biology
and ecology, more applied and human-related subjects and field courses in some
of the places he has lived and/or worked. He will be the sole representative of
the environmental sciences in the department and will revise/design a
curriculum for the major.
Brian Palestis, Ph.D. 2000, advisor
Joanna Burger; was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at WagnerCollege (Staten
Island, NY). Brian was also
elected chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Celine Santiago Bass,
Ph.D. 2007; advisor Judy Weis, gave an oral presentation at the 2007
Meadowlands Symposium (May 15-17th) at the Hackensack Meadowlands
Commission, entitled "Implications of Restoration on Fundulus
heteroclitus and Gill Parasite Interactions."
Amy Tuninga, Ph. D. 2000; advisor John Dighton, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in
the Department of Biological Sciences at FordhamUniversity.