The fall 2006 semester brings us
fourteen new graduate students. They come from diverse backgrounds and will be
doing their graduate work in many different areas.
Patricia Alvarez is transferring into the E&E grad program from
the Geography graduate program. Patricia is working towards her Ph.D. with Jim
White on an “ecological/fungal research problem in the Peruvian Amazonas.” Patricia has a B.S. in Agronomy from Universidad
NacionalAgraria, La Molina
and her M.S. in Parks and Recreation from West
Julian Avery, a Ph.D. student working with Joanna Burger, has an
undergraduate degree from PennState
in Biology/Ecology and his Master’s degree in Biology/Zoology from EasternNew MexicoUniversity
Steven Brown will be working toward his Master’s degree with Ken
Able. Steven has his B.S. in Marine Science from Richard Stockton College of
Alicia Buchanan completed a dual B.S./M.S.
degree in Environmental Science at DrexelUniversity.Alicia is working with Rebecca Jordan and
Ravit Golan Duncan.
Steven Gray, who is working with Rebecca Jordan, has a B.A. in
Anthropology from the University of Texas
at Austin and a Master’s degree in
Natural Resource Management from TexasStateUniversity
- San Marcos.
Denise Hewitt has her B.S. in International Business and her
Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. Denise is working towards her Ph.D. with
Charles Hofer, working towards his Master’s with Claus Holzapfel,
has a B.A. in Journalism from the University
of Kansas and a Certificate in
Conservation Biology from ColumbiaUniversity.
Lea Johnson is working towards her Ph.D. as a member of the Steven
Handel lab. Lea has a B.A. in Literature from the University
of New Mexico in Albuquerque,
an M.S. in Biology/Environmental Science from New
and a M.A. in Science Education from City College of New York.
Christina Kisiel is working with Joanna Burger towards her Master’s.
Christina has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College of
Andrea Kornbluh is a Ph.D. student working with John Dighton.
Andrea has her B.A. in Humanities from CaliforniaStateUniversity
at Chico and B.S. in Biological Science
Kathleen McCarthy is working towards her Master’s with Rick Lathrop.
Kathleen has her B.F.A. in Painting from CornellUniversity and her M.F.A. in
Painting from IndianaUniversity
Jack Siegrist is a Ph.D. student in Peter Morin’s lab. Jack has a
B.S. in Biology from the University
of Texas at Austin and his M.S. in
Ecology from SoutheasternLouisianaUniversity.
Elena Tartaglia has her B.A. in Biology from DrewUniversity. Elena is working with
Steven Handel towards her Ph.D.
Holly Vuong is co-advised by Peter Morin and Rick Ostfeld at IES.
Holly has her B.S. in Biology from CaliforniaStatePolytechnicUniversity at Pomona
and her M.S. in Wildlife Science from New MexicoStateUniversity
at University Park.
Society of America
Annual Meeting; MemphisTennessee;
Ross and Manisha Patel, “Soils and the management of
invasive plant species: a case study of the challenges of soil
restoration. “ Joan was invited to give this presentation in a symposium on
Ehrenfeld also gave an invited commentary at the final plenary luncheon titled
“Icons, Upstarts and the Oxford English
Elgersma and Joan Ehrenfeld
barberry, an exotic invasive shrub, facilitates native tree seedling growth”
poster presented by Kenneth Elgersma.
·Ann Gould, George Hamilton,Mark Vodak, Jason Grabosky and James Lashomb, “Economic impact of bacterial
leaf scorch in the New Jersey
Jordan, Fred Singer, and Alan Berkowitz led a workshop titled “What every
citizen should know about ecology.” on August 5th.
and R. Duncan. “A characterization of pre-service teacher understanding of
John Dighton, Dennis Gray and Peter Morin. 'The Effects of Nitrogen
Deposition on Fungal and Bacterial Communities in Two Isolated Oak Forests'
TorstenVor, Kenneth J. Elgersma, and Joan G. Ehrenfeld “Differentiating
effects of leaf litter and roots on shifts in soil microbial communities and
enzyme activities beneath native and invasive plants.” This talk was presented
by Shen Yu.
Sharron Hicks Crane,
a Ph.D. candidate with co-advisors Tamar Barkay
and John Dighton, attended the Eighth International Conference on Mercury
as a Global Pollutant from August 6-11 and presented a poster titled
“Interactions between mercury and mycorrhizal fungi.”
Frank Gallagher, a PhD candidate
in Dr. Jason Grabosky’s Urban Forestry program,gave a lecture
"Demographic Shifts and Corresponding Trends in Environmental Issues
and participate in mentor development, in Golden Colorado. The workshop was
held from Aug 21 -23 andwas sponsored by the American Forest Foundation.
Rebecca Jordan, Peter Bastardo,
and Terry Reagan led a curricular design workshop for area teachers
entitled “The Food System” supported by the Food Systems Consortium on
June 27 to June 29.
Jordan, R. “Choices, Color, and
Aquarium Society, Freehold, NJ, July 10.
Jordan, R. “Interspecific
female choice in a Lake Malawi cichlid.” American
Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Annual Meeting, New
Orleans, LA, July 13-17.
Jordan, R. “Female Lake Malawi
cichlid mate choice: A maladaptive response?” Animal Behavior Society
Annual Meeting, Snowbird, UT, August 12-16.
Jason Grabosky presented two
papers during the 82nd annual International Society of Arboriculture's
(ISA) conference in MinneapolisMinn.
Aug 1 2006: Impact of
reduction pruning cuts on discoloration and decay in live oak and schumard oak: 3rd year data.
Aug 2 2006: Measuring
canopy architecture of Norway maple to develop iterative standing load in
presented a poster at the Animal Behavior
Society Annual Meeting in Snowbird , UT titled: "Male
territory characteristics affect female preference in the mbuna cichlid, Maylandiamelabranchion."
Dahle G A, Holt H
H, Chaney W R, Whalen T M, Cassens
R G, McKensie R L. 2006. Branch strength
loss implications for silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
converted from round-over to V-trim. Arboriculture
and Urban Forestry 32(4):148-154.
R., D. Howe, T. Knight, and J. Gould. 2006.Female choice linked to male dorsal fin
height in a shortfin molly.Journal
of Ethology 24: 301-304.
Seigel, A. and J.L. Lockwood. 2006. Conservation of threatened birds on
agricultural grasslands at Duke Farms. Phase one results.
Duke Farms Foundation,
Ramey, P.A., Fiege,
D. and Leander B.S. 2006. A new species of Polygordius(Polychaeta: Polygordiidae)
from the inner continental shelf and in bays and harbours
of the north-eastern United States.
Journal of the Marine
Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 86:1025-1034.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
The Estuarine Research
Federation had a bibliometric study done of the journal Estuaries
for the years 1992-2005. Kenneth Able was an author of more papers in the journal during that
period than anyone else (25 articles).
Grabosky accepted another 3 year appointment to the International
Society of Arbor- culture’s Board of Directors for their
Arboricultural Research and EducationAcademy
Rick Lathrop traveled to YanglingChina,
at the invitation of Prof. Ming Xu, to present
to a week of workshops on environmental applications of remote sensing/GIS at
the Department of Forestry of Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry.
Rick also visited the NW
University Forestry Research Field Station to investigate
cooperative research opportunities as well as traveled to Beijing to
present a seminar at the Institute of Remote Sensing
Application of the ChineseAcademy of
Science and meet with officials of the Institute.
Julie Lockwood was a participant and Sub-Group Co-Chair of an US EPA
workshop titled “The link between propagule pressure and aquatic nonnative
invasion success and impacts”, United States Environmental Protection
Agency Workshop, Washington, DC.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Jeremy Feinberg, a Ph.D student in the Joanna
Burger lab, has been studying the decline
of southern leopard frogs on Long
Island this summer. Here are
two of the articles that have appeared recently on his work.
Kelly, a Ph.D.
candidate working with Peter Vayda, will
be teaching a field course (with former RU Ecology Program grad Mike Van Clef)
on the Flora of New Jersey this fall at MontclairStateUniversity.
David Moskowitz, a Mike
May Ph.D. student, is radio tracking dragonflies with
Brooke Maslo has passed
the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
Fundamentals of Engineering exam. It's the first of two 8-hr exams that
one must pass in order to obtain a professional engineering license.
Brooke is working towards her Ph.D. in the Steven Handel lab.
Joe Paulin, a
Ph.D. candidatein David Ehrenfeld’s
lab, led a black
bear awareness training seminar and spoke to children about bear ecology and
wildlife and conservation in Madagascar
at two local summer camps.
Joe Paulin was interviewed for an
article to be published in the Burilington
County Times on vole and mole ecology and wildlife damage control.
Ramey, a PhD
student in the Grassle labs, was a mentor during this summers RIOS program
(Research Internships in Ocean Sciences) at IMCS.RIOS is a ten week NSF/IMCS-supported
internship for undergraduate students from many universities. Patricia was a
mentor for E. Bodnar, a student at Wittenberg
University, Ohio. At the completion
of the RIOS program, interns present posters of their research to a panel of
judges. One student is chosen to receive an all expense paid trip to present
their poster at the next ASLO (American Society for Limnology and
Oceanography), meeting held in Santa Fe, New
Mexico (Feb 2007). E. Bodnar
was chosen to receive this opportunity for the poster by Bodnar
and Ramey entitled “Polygordius sp., an
Ambitious Marine Worm”
On August 2nd, Emilie Stander, a
Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, led a
workshop on soil ecology for a group of high school students participating in
the Wave Hill Summer Forest Project in the Bronx.
As part of the workshop, students explored the relationship between invasive
plants and invasive earthworms and practiced soil characterization techniques
in a forest fragment on the Wave Hill property.
Congratulations to William Landesman, advisor John
Dighton, on the successful defense of his preliminary proposal on August 17th.
Heather Bowman Cutway (Ph.D 2004.
Joan Ehrenfeld advisor) gave an oral presentation at ESA.
B. Cutway and Joan G. Ehrenfeld,
“The influence of urban land use and edge permeability on seed dispersal and
(PhD 1997, Tom Meagher advisor) will be promoted to Associate Professor with
tenure in the Biology Department at SimonFraserUniversity
in Vancouver, BC
as of September 1st. In addition to continuing her research on
plant mating system evolution, Elizabeth
is also studying how habitat fragmentation affects diversity of and
interactions between plant and pollinator communities in Canada's
endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. In September, she also will take on
additional administrative duties as the Associate Chair of her 40-member
department. Partner Paul McMillan
(PhD 1996, Peter Morin advisor) has just finished a 3-year term as Coordinator
(equivalent to Chair) of the Biology Department at CapilanoCollege
in North Vancouver, and is looking
forward to getting back to teaching and working on an environmental biology
Dennis M. Gray (Ph.D.
2006, advisor John Dighton) received the 2006 Ralph E. Good Award from the Rutgers
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the Pinelands Field Station on July
This award was established in 1992 in memory of the first
director of the Division of Pinelands Research and the Field Station, Dr. Ralph
E. Good.The award recognizes a graduate
student for exceptional research in the Pinelands or coastal wetlands.
Clare Ng( M.S. 2006, Ken Able
advisor) recently accepted a position at the Marine Academy of Science and
Technology at Sandy Hook. Clare will be a science
teacher starting in the fall.
to another member of the extended E&E family:
Jay Kelly and Tanya Rohrbach welcomed their son Aven
Timothy Kelly into the world on August 2. Aven
weighed 6 lbs 10 oz. Jay reports that
Tanya and Aven are happy and healthy and Marshall
is thrilled with his baby brother.