Sean Boyd, a Master’s student in the David Bushek lab, gave an
invited talk on Biological Invasions at the monthly seminar series that is
hosted by the Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve.
Ehrenfeld gave an invited talk entitled “Plant-soil
feedback in exotic plant invasions: legacy effects of plant influence on
microbial communities” at the 7th BIORHIZ Workshop, held in Hundested,
Denmark (June 11-14th).
On June 13th, Frank Gallagher, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Jason Grabosky’s Urban
Forestry lab, gave a presentation on the relationship between soil metal load
and vegetative assemblage structure, implications for landscape design to the
Architecture Program at ColombiaUniversity. Columbia is offering a summer studio on LibertyState Park.
On July 25, David La Puma, a Ph.D. candidate in the Julie
Lockwood lab,gave a
talk on Radar Ornithology to the Bucks County Birders (club) at the Peace
Valley Nature Center, Doylestown, PA; entitled "Birding on a mega-scale - using
Doppler radar to predict birding conditions in the Northeastern US"
Struwe, L., S.
Dushenkov, S. Eisenman, M. Tadych, & I. Raskin.
2007. International education in biodiversity and biodocumentation -
Collaborative approaches. The Third Republican Scientific Conference:
“Ecological characteristic of biological diversity”, Pamir,
Tajikistan, July 2007.
Struwe, L., R.
Lathrop, & P. Smouse. 2007. Biogeography and environmental response
through time using spatial evolutionary ecological vicariance analysis (SEEVA)
in neotropical gentians. Botany 2007 meeting of the Botany Society of America
held in Chicago, 7-11 July 2007.
Alex Felson, a Ph.D. student in the Steward T.A. Pickett lab, had a
paper published in Urban Land this
month. Ecological Experiments, June 2007
La Puma, a Ph.D. candidate in the Julie
Lockwood lab, published a popular science article in
July/August edition of Wild Bird
magazine entitled: "Mega-scale Observations: Using weather radar to
predict birding conditions in your neck of the woods"
reports the following publications:
Z. V., Quigg, A. S., Chiambi, R., Schofield,
O., Falkowski, P. G. 2007. Phylogenetic diversity in Cd:P regulation
by marine phytoplankton. Limnology
and Oceanography 52(3): 1131-1138.
Schofield, O., Bosch, J., Glenn, S. M.,
Kirkpatrick, G., Kerfoot, J., Moline,
M., Oliver, M., Bissett, W. P. 2007. Bio-optics in integrated ocean
observing networks: potential for studying harmful algal blooms. In Real Time Coastal Observing Systems for
Ecosystems Dynamics and Harmful Algal Blooms. Babin, M. Roelser, C.
and Cullen, J. J. (Eds) UNESCO, Paris. 85-108.
W. P., Arnone, R., Debra, S., Dye, D., Kirkpatrick, G., Mobley, C., Schofield, O. 2007. The integration of ocean color remote
sensing with coastal nowcast/forecast simulations of Harmful Algal Blooms
(HABs). In Real Time Coastal Observing Systems for Ecosystems
Dynamics and Harmful Algal Blooms. Babin, M. And Cullen, J. J.
(Eds) UNESCO, Paris. 695-732.
M., Petrov, D., Ackerley, D., Falkowski,
P. G. Schofield, O. The mode and tempo of genome size evolution in
eukaryotes. Journal of Genome
Schofield, O., Kohut, J., Aragon,
D., Creed, L., Graver, J., Haldeman, C., Kerfoot, J., Roarty, H., Jones,
C., Webb, D., Glenn, S. M. 2007. Slocum Gliders: Robust and ready. Journal of Field Robotics. 24(6):
1-14. DOI: 10:1009/rob.20200
Achievements and Activities:
Scott Glenn and Oscar Schofieldwere awarded the Technology Collaboration
Award by the Naval Research Lab at StennisSpaceCenter.
Lena Struwe is the organizer for the Colloquium “Integration
of spatial and ecological data in evolutionary studies” at the Botany 2007 meeting
of the Botany Society of America held in Chicago, July 7-11 2007.
Department of Defense- Office of Naval Research (award
lifetime year 2007) “Characterizing storm impacts on nearshore nepheloid layers
using optical Slocum gliders” Schofield,
O., Glenn, S. ($25,000). This project will use robots to assess the
impact of large storms on the water column physics, biology, and optics
offshore Martha Vineyard during the summer storm season.
Joint Oceanographic Institutions and National Science
Foundation 2007-2013 “Network for ocean research, interaction, and application
– NORIA” Schofield, O., and Glenn,
S. M. ($410,998). This project is part of a $30 million dollar effort to build
the cyberinfrastructure backbone for the National Science Foundation Ocean
Observatory Initiative (a $310 million investment slated to begin next year by
NSF). Rutgers are the project scientists for this
effort being lead by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Rutgers
will define the science user requirements for the cyberinfrastructure.
NOAA Coastal Services Center 2007-2010 “Phased Deployment
and Operation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System
(MARCOOS) – Rutgers scientists (Glenn S. M. lead PI of
program, with Janice McDonnell, Josh Kohut, Oscar Schofield, John Wilkin) and 19 other academic
and commercial institutions. This is a $9,000,000 proposal is funded to build
an integrated ocean observing network to assist in human health/safety and
provide the foundation for data driven ecosystem decision making for the
Mid-Atlantic continental shelf.
Department of Defense- Office of Naval Research 2007-2010
“Using Gliders to Resolve Dynamics of Dust and Phytoplankton in the
Schofield and Scott Glenn (Rutgers) and Chuck Tress (NATO
SCALANT) ($250046). Dust has often been hypothesized to be an important
driver for the primary productivity of the
Mediterranean; however the dust that is potentially driving the changes in
ocean color also leads to a bias in the satellite estimates of the biological
activity. Given this, is the ocean signal associated with atmospheric
dust related to the stimulated phytoplankton productivity or is it simply the
dust itself? This project will quantify the impact of dust on both the in
situ optical properties and biological communities over relevant spatial (100
kms) and temporal (month) scales in oligotrophic waters.
Ehrenfeld has been reappointed to the Water Science and
Technology Board of the National Research Council for a second 3-year term.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Jennifer Adams Krumins,
a Ph.D. candidate in Peter
Morin’s lab, received second
place for student oral presentations at the 11th biennial Soil
Ecology Society Meeting in Moab, Utah on May 2, 2007.
Jennifer’s talk was titled: “Microbial Community and Soil Nutrient Response to
a Gypsy Moth Outbreak in the New Jersey Pinelands.”
Lettini, a Ph.D. candidate in the Michael
Sukhdeo lab, was awarded Best Student Presentation for her
talk titled “The energetic costs of parasitism in an intermediate host.”
at the American Society for Parasitology meeting held in Merida,
June 21-25, 2007
Mark L. Kraus, Ph.D. (1986, Judy Weis) has accepted the position of Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer of the Everglades Foundation in Palmetto Bay,
FL.The foundation is a
philanthropic organization, as well as having a science team, both focused on Everglades
restoration.Mark lives in PalmettoBay with his wife of 25 years, Doris Bull Kraus, Ph.D. (NCAS
1984, Bob Lederhouse) and their three teenage daughters.
Chris Martine (BS '96, MS '01, advisor John Kuser) an Assistant
Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, announces four publications due this summer: papers
on the reproductive biology of Australian eggplant relatives (Acta
Horticulturae) and a Bayesian method for predicting woody plant invasions
(Diversity and Distributions), plus new editions of his and his wife Rachel's
illustrated field guides to Shrubs and Vines (2nd edition) and Trees (6th
edition) found in New Jersey.