June - July 2008
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Patricia Alvarez, a Ph.D. candidate in James White’s lab, gave two
presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology 2008
Ryan Burrows, a Ph.D. candidate in Rebecca Jordan’s lab, was invited to
give a lecture at the North American Amphibian Conference held on June 7, 2008
Greg Dahle, a Ph.D. candidate in Jason Grabosky’s lab, gave the following presentation:
“Managing trees after heading and reduction cuts, how CODIT
and water sprouts influence tree safety”
at the Connecticut Tree Protective Association summer meeting in
Jeremy Feinberg, a Ph.D candidate in Joanna Burger’s lab, gave a presentation at the 2008 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Montreal, Canada titled “Silence of the frogs: Investigating the disappearance of the leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) from Long Island, New York.”
Ph.D. student working with Claus Holzapfel, presented a poster at the ESA Mid-Atlantic
Chapter's meeting in
Lea Johnson, a Steven Handel Ph.D. student, gave a talk titled "Restoring complex habitats and biotic connections in an arid urban area: from military base to public park" at UrBio 2008 - Urban Biodiversity and Design, the Third Conference of the Competence Network Urban Ecology (CONTUREC) in Erfurt, Germany on May 23rd.
Alison Seigel, a
Ph.D. candidate in Julie Lockwood's lab, gave an invited presentation at the
Raritan Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership (RPWHP) meeting on May 13th in
Ai Wen, a Ph.D. candidate in David Ehrenfeld's lab gave an invited talk at the annual meeting of the Firman E. Bear Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society on May 30th. The talk's title was “Seedbank: the Time Machine to peer into the past and the future of abandoned farmlands.”
Patricia Alvarez reports the following publication:
Ben Baiser, a Ph.D. candidate in Julie Lockwood’s lab, reports the following publication:
Greg Dahle, a Ph.D. candidate in Jason Grabosky’s lab has the following publication:
Jason Grabosky and Lena Struwe and their labs report the following abstracts in Horticultural Science::
· Eisenman, S.W., Novy, A., Raviram, R., Struwe, L., Bonos, S., Grabosky, J., 2008. "Assessing the genetic diversity of an ex situ germplasm collection of dawn redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides Hu et Cheng)" Horticultural Science 43(3):591
Sanders, J., Grabosky, J., Falxa-Raymond, N.,
· Dahle, G., Grabosky, J., Struwe, L. 2008. "Anatomical study to determine vessel to fiber ratio along Norway maple (Acer platanoides) branches" Horticultural Science 43(3):594
· Gallagher, M., Grabosky, J. 2008. "Digital visualization of decay in oak species five years after pruning" Horticultural Science 43(3):596
· Grabosky, J., Bassuk, N., Haffner, T. 2008. "Plant available moisture in designed soils for pavement systems" Horticultural Science 43(3):597
Jason Grabosky has the following publications:
Joanna Burger’s National Resource Council grant for ecological work was renewed for another year at $150,000.
Karl Kjer received a $488,000 NSF award, starting in the fall, on the Phylogeny of Trichoptera.
Lena Struwe received a $30,000 grant from the Beneficia Foundation for the Chrysler herbarium.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Steven Handel and his collaborators have been awarded the 2008 Urban Design Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council, for the Orange County Great Park Comprehensive Master Plan. Previously, this project had been awarded a national citation, the 2008 Honor Award for Planning and Analysis by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
George McGhee has been elected as a Member of the Konrad Lorenz
Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research,
Dr. Maria Molina from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain, is currently a Visiting Scientist in Lena Struwe's lab working on evaluating new chloroplast gene regions for their suitability in evolutionary reconstruction of old clade divergences in the gentian plant family (Gentianaceae). Dr. Molina is a professor in plant physiology and molecular evolution, and her expertise is in lichens, especially with regards to physiology, taxonomy, and ecology
Michael Sukhdeo provided commentary on a news piece about parasites in food webs on "All Things Considered" on July 23rd . You can hear the 3 minute news piece on the NPR web site, at - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92836917.
Student Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Two students received Eagleton Fellowships this fall:
Wes Brooks, Ph.D. candidate in Rebecca
Jordan’s lab, has received the Florida Native Plant Society's Conservation
Grant Award ($2500) for his proposal titled: "Establishing an
Experimental Hammock Community in
Amy Karpati, a Ph.D. candidate in Steven Handel’s lab, was awarded $1500.00 by the NJ Mycological Association from the Ray Fatto Scholarship fund.
Special Study and Pre-Dissertation Awards from the GSNB:
E&E Academic Excellence Fund Awards -2008
The E&E Graduate Program made five $1000.00 awards in response to proposals submitted by graduate students for the 2008 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.
Four students were awarded $1500.00 each from HMF for studies located there. Students who receive summer research support from HMF must help with the annual Buell-Small Succession study. This long-term old-field sampling has been conducted every summer since in 1958. For more information on this study visit the website: http://www.ecostudies.org/bss/
The students and their projects are:
successional gradient at the
Patricia Alvarez, a Ph.D. candidate in James White’s lab participated
in the PanAmerican Advanced Studies Institute (PASI). This event brought
together ecologists, biochemists, geneticists, and plant and microbial
biologists for a ten-day workshop on tropical chemical biology in Tambopata
Lea Johnson, a Ph.D. student in the lab of Steven Handel, was asked to teach an intensive course called "The Nature of New York" at the City University of New York Graduate Center's School for Professional Studies July 14-24.
a post-doc in the labs of Rick Lathrop and Ming Xu, has moved to the
Marty Cipollini, Ph.D.
1991, advisor Ted Stiles, was promoted
to full professor this year and was presented the Martindale Award of
Distinction (an annual award for distinctive accomplishment in teaching,
professional development, and service to Berry College). Marty’s main area of research is a large scale Montane
Longleaf Pine forest restoration project on the 26,000 acre
Frank Gallagher, Ph.D. 2008, advisor Jason Grabosky, was invited by the American Forest Foundation to give a talk on the disparate directions of the forestry and agriculture industries and the implications for resource management and professional development. The talk was given at the Project Learning Tree International Coordinators Conference in Jackson Mississippi on May 11th.
Jackie Taylor, M.S. 2008, advisor David Bushek resorts the following publication:
Taylor, J, Bushek D (2008) Intertidal oyster reefs can persist and function in a temperate North American Atlantic estuary. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 361:301-306.