of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Program in Ecology and Evolution Newsletter
August - September 2009
Previous newsletters may be found at:
to two new DEENR faculty members.
The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
is pleased to announce the addition of two new members in 2009: Professor
Debashish Bhattacharya and Assistant Professor Siobain Duffy.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Biology at Simon Fraser
University in 1989, Dr. Bhattacharya
was an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at Woods Hole until 1991 and
subsequently a Humboldt Scholar at the University of Cologne
until 1994. He joins our department after holding the positions of
Professor of Biology and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program on Genetics at
the University of
Bhattacharya’s research is on the forefront of algal/protist
evolution and genomics. Among other things, his group is investigating
how intracellular organelles of foreign origin became a defining characteristic
of eukaryotes; how plastid endosymbionts have become
integrated into host cell biochemistry; how to predict and ameliorate
devastating red tides; how genomic variation confers adaptation to different
environments in unicellular algae; what is the framework of the eukaryotic tree
of life. He uses genomic, phylogenetic, and bioinformatics approaches in
his research. He plans to develop an interdepartmental course in
environmental genomics to enhance and extend the departmental curriculum.
Dr. Duffy, a Rutgers undergraduate, received her Ph.D. in
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University
in 2006, where she won a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship.
She then held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center for Infectious
Disease Dynamics in the Department of Biology at Penn State University. Dr. Duffy studies both
short- and long-term evolution of viruses. She is interested in viral
organismal biology, evolutionary processes, and the prediction and mitigation
of emerging disease. She utilizes both experimental and phylogenetic
approaches in her work on viral ecology and evolution.
With the recent addition of Assistant Professor Nina
Fefferman in addition to Drs. Duffy and Bhattacharya, the Department of
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources significantly extends its expertise
in evolutionary biology, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
to the incoming graduate students!
The fall 2009 semester brings us
thirteen new graduate students. They come from diverse backgrounds and will be
doing their graduate work in many different areas.
Cummings joins the Steven Handel lab. Jessica is working towards her
MS degree. Jessica has a BA in accounting from Sienna College.
- Andrea Egizi
is a Ph.D. student in Dina Fonseca’s lab. Andrea has a BS in biology from
The College of New Jersey.
- Michael Garzio
will be working with Oscar Schofield while he pursues his MS. Michael has
a BS in Ecology and Natural Resources from Rutgers.
- Brad Greening
is a Nina Fefferman Ph.D. student. Brad has a BS in computer science from
- Brian Johnson
comes to the Michael Sukhdeo lab from Minnesota
with a BA in biology. Brian is an MS student.
(Oberle) Kilic is a Cook graduate with a BS in biological sciences and
a Rutgers- Camden MS in biology. John Dighton, her MS advisor, continues
to advise Jenn as a Ph.D student.
- Sarah Pena,
a Ph.D. student, is currently advised by Steven Handel. Sarah’s
undergraduate degree is a BA in urban studies from Vassar College.
- Orin (Robbie)
Robinson holds a BS in biomedical sciences from Auburn
University, a BS in biology and
an MS in marine science from the University of South
- Suzanne Rose
joins the program to receive her Ph.D. working with Kay Bidle. Suzanne has
a BS in biology from the University
of Nebraska, Lincoln.
- Laura Shappell
is a Ph.D. student in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab. Laura has a BS in
environmental and forest biology from SUNY Syracuse and an MS in coastal
and marine studies from Coastal
Williams is joining the Peter Morin lab. Dontay is a Ph.D. student who
comes to Rutgers with a BS in fisheries science from the University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff.
- Karen Wylie
joins the Nina Fefferman lab as a Ph.D. student. Karen has a BSc in
conservation biology from Oxford Brookes University
and an MSc in biology from the University
- Chengyi Yan
joins the Joan Ehrenfeld lab as a Ph.D. student. Chengyi completed his BS
in ecology at Shandong University and his MS in marine science at Rutgers working with Paul Falkowski.
(DEENR and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience), Distinguished
Professor of Life Sciences was awarded the Brewster Medal by the American
Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) at its 127th annual meeting on August 15,
2009. The AOU
is the largest international society devoted to all aspects of avian science.
This is the highest medal of the society and is awarded for outstanding
scientific research contributions to avian biology. The bronze medal is named after William
Brewster, one of the AOU founders in 1883. Joanna received the award for her extensive
scientific contributions to behavior, ecology, and ecotoxicology, particularly
of seabirds, and her mentorship of more than 50 graduate students.
Ecological Society of America’s 94th Annual Meeting
- Wes Brooks, a Ph.D. candidate in
Rebecca Jordan’s lab, gave a talk entitled "Effects of species
richness, density, and propagule pressure on woody seedling community
productivity and invasibility"
- Steven Gray, , presented a poster
entitled “Combining fuzzy logic cognitive mapping with resilience theory
to understand social-ecological system dynamics: A case study of
Mid-Atlantic fisheries and summer flounder (Paralichthys
dentatus)” Steven is also a Ph.D. candidate in Rebecca Jordan’s
- Rebecca Jordan gave a talk
entitled “A framework for promoting understanding of the ecological nature
of science (ENOS).”
- Rebecca Jordan also chaired a
special session on Public Participation in Research (i.e., Citizen
Science) and Ecological Literacy: Future Directions
- David Mellor, a Ph.D candidate in Rebecca Jordan’s lab,
presented a talk entitled “The role of male behavior on female mate choice
in Mbuna cichlids." Co-authors: David Mellor, Catherine
Tarsiewicz, Rebecca Jordan
co-organizer and moderator of the symposium: “How Can Soil Microbial
Ecology Contribute to the Sustainability of Agricultural Systems?”
- Kathleen McCarthy, a master’s student in Rick Lathrop’s lab
gave the following presentation "The Source - Sink Dynamics of
Anurans in Stormwater Basins of New Jersey's
Coastal Plain" Authors: Kathleen McCarthy, Richard G. Lathrop Kathleen has recently defended her MS
and is currently working with the Natural Resources Group of the New York
City Parks Department.
- Linda Rohleder, a Ph.D. candidate in the Claus Holzapfel lab,
presented a poster entitled “ The Vertical Dimension of Deer-Browse
Effects on Forest Understory Diversity and Density.” The poster was
co-authored Claus Holzapfel
- Kristen A. Ross, post doctoral
assistant, presented a poster entitled “Assessing the Accuracy of Volunteer
Monitoring of Invasive Plant Species” co-authored by Joan Ehrenfeld,
Rebecca Jordan, and Wesley R. Brooks.
- Alicia Shenko, a Ph.D. candidate
working with Rebecca Jordan, gave a poster entitled “Ecological influence of small mammals
in wetland conservation and restoration.”
Authors: Alicia Shenko, Rebecca Jordan, and Walter F. Bien (Drexel University).
Shenko and John Ruppert, a Ph.D.
student working with Ravit Golan Duncan,
co-organized a workshop “Death Wish or Golden
Parachute: A Discussion of Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology and
Education and Making it Work for your Dissertation.”
- Maria Stanko, a Ph.D. candidate in Peter Morin’s lab,
presented a poster entitled "Plant-pollinator interactions in a
highly invaded community: Network structure for native and non-native
- Holly Vuong, a Ph.D. candidate in Peter Morin’s lab, presented
a poster entitled “Do natural history patterns of birds affect the
probability of increasing tick infestation?” Co-authors: Vuong, H., H. Suthers, J. Huie
- Kornbluh, Andrea, Kenneth L. Clark, Dennis Gray, Nicholas
Skowronski, and John Hom presented a poster entitled “Insect
invasion and forest resilience:
Recovery of C and N dynamics following invasion by gypsy moth (*Lymantria dispar* L.).”
Andrea received her MS from E&E. Dennis received his Ph.D. from
E&E and Nick is currently a Ph.D. candidate working with Ming Xu.
Kenneth L., Nicholas Skowronski,
Andrea Kornbluh, Michael
Gallagher, John Hom, Dennis Gray, and John
Dighton presented a poster entitled “Mechanisms of recovery following
disturbance in forest ecosystems on the Atlantic coastal plain.”
Ornithologists Union, Philadelphia
Joanna Burger, (DEENR and Cell Biology and Neuroscience) presented two
Metals in Muscle of Common Eiders, and Metals in Their Eggs and Feathers, from
the Aleutians.” Co-authors: Joanna Burger, Michael Gochfeld,
and Christian Jeitner. Christian is an E&E
MS student in Joanna’s lab.
“Sea Level Change and Responses by Colonial Waterbirds in New
Co-authors: Joanna Burger, Fred Lesser, Michael Gochfeld, and Sheila
John Dighton and his lab have presented talks and posters
at several meetings this summer:
Oral presentations at the 12th biennial
Soil Ecology Society Meeting, July 22-25, 2009. Burlington Vermont:
- Landesman, William J. and John Dighton. Temporal dynamics of
microbial response to two-year rain exclusion.
- Dighton, John, Lena
Jonsson, John Lussenhop.
Effects of leaf litters on the ectomycorrhizal fungal community and soil
fauna in pitch pine mesocosms.
- Lammers Kristin, John
Dighton, Georgia Arbuckle-Keil. Leaf litter
chemistry changes due to burning.
- Gray, Dennis M. and John Dighton presented a poster entitled
“The effect of disturbance on soil nutrients and plant species
Other venues for the Dighton lab:
- Crane Sharron, John Dighton, and Dennis Gray presented a poster entitled “Fungal Succession on and Decomposition of Lymantria
dispar (Gypsy Moth) Frass”
at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology, May, 17-21, 2009. Philadelphia.
Sharron is Ph.D. candidate co-advised by John Dighton and Tamar Barkay.
Laurel, Gregory Foy, Dennis, M.
Gray and John Dighton presented
a poster entitled “ Determination of phosphorus concentration in Pinelands
clay.” at the 237th American Chemical Society March 22-26, 2009
Salt Lake City, Utah
- John Dighton (Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences) was
invited to the University of Illinois at Chicago on Sept 1 to present one of the
seminars in the John Lussenhop Memorial
Symposium on Soil Ecology, along with Sherri Morris, Amy Treonis, Dave Coleman, Julie Jastrow
and Ralph Boerner.
- Gray, Dennis M., John
Dighton, Kenneth L. Clark, Nick
Skowronski, Andrea Kornbluh presented
a poster entitled “Insect herbivory influence on
plant and soil nitrogen.” Biogeomon 6, June
29-July 3, 2009. Helsinki Finland
On August 12th Rebecca Jordan and a Ph.D. candidate in her lab, Steven Gray presented a talk to the
Marine Activities Resources and Education (MARE) Teacher Institute in Tuckerton, NJ.
The presentation was entitled “Thinking
below the surface: using aquaria, the outdoors and others to teach about
In late July, George
McGhee (Department of Geological Sciences) gave an invited paper at Oxford University, England,
in a week-long conference on Darwin
and Evolution in this 150th year since the publication of On the Origin of
Species (Richard Dawkins was the keynote speaker at the conference).
(Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences) gave the following presentations:
days in the West Antarctica Peninsula:
The impact of regional warming on the marine ecosystem (Princeton University, NJ)
Science overview for the NSF Ocean Observatory Initiative. Final Design
Review for the OOI (National Science Foundation,
personal story of why high school kids need to learn science: Preparing
for the gathering storm (Department of 4H, Rutgers, NJ)
of ocean observatories by the United States
(EuroSITES Annual review meeting, Cape Verde, Africa)
Webb gliders to maintain a sustained ocean presence. (SPIE
Defense Security and Sensing Symposium, Orlando Florida)
of ocean observatory systems for the United States. (Neptune
Canada/VENUS Seminar, Victoria Canada)
of gliders for future biogeochemical studies (Ocean Carbon Biogeochemsitry Meeting, Woods Hole, Massachusetts) co-author Scott Glenn.
in the new age of oceanography with the ocean observatories (REU Lecture, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida)
Andrew “Pete” Vayda,
(Professor emeritus, Department of Human Ecology) presented a paper
entitled "Dos and Don'ts in Interdisciplinary Research on Causes of Fires
in Tropical Moist Forests: Examples from Indonesia." on Aug. 7 at
the 1st World Congress for Environmental History in Copenhagen, Denmark.
David Ehrenfeld reports the following paper:
wetlands: An opportunity for environmental conservation in China,"
Asian Journal of Ecotoxicology 4(2): 295-299, 2009.
Joan G. Ehrenfeld reports two
“Invasive Species as Ecosystem Transformers” in
the Encyclopedia of Invasive Introduced Species, University of California
Press, D. Simberloff,
and J. G. Ehrenfeld. 2009.
Relationships among plants, soils and microbial communities along a
hydrological gradient in the New Jersey Pinelands, USA. Annals of Botany. doi:10.1093/aob/mcp183,
12 p. Shen was a post-doc in Joan’s lab.
Nina Fefferman reports the acceptance for publication of a collaborative
paper on desert tortoise conservation:
- Reed, J.M., N.H. Fefferman, and R.C. Averil-Murray. Vital
Rate Sensitivity Analysis and Management Implications for Desert Tortoise.
(In Press, Biological Conservation)
reports two new publications:
J. 2009. “Developing Finite Element Models for Root Growth
Under Pavement”. In: Watson G.W., Costello
L., Scharenbroch B., and Gilman E. eds.: The
Landscape Below Ground III: Proceedings of an international workshop on
tree root development in urban soils. Lisle Illinois; Oct. 6-8 2008.
J., Haffner E. and Bassuk
N. 2009. Plant available moisture in stone-soil media for use
under pavement while allowing urban tree growth. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 35(5):
Brooke Maslo and Julie Lockwood report a publication in
B. and J.L. Lockwood. Evidence-based decisions on the use of
predator exclosures in shorebird
conservation. Biological Conservation.
Brooke is a Ph.D. candidate in Steven Handel’s lab.
(Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences) reports the following publications:
M., Doney, S. C., Ducklow,
H., Fraser, W., Martinson, D., Stammerjohn, S.
E., Schofield, O. 2009. Recent changes in phytoplankton communities
associated with rapid regional climate change along the Western
Antarctic Peninsula. Science.
323, 1470 (2009), DOI: 10.1126/science.1164533
M., Ducklow, H., Schofield, O. 2009.
Contribution by different marine bacterial communities to particulate beam
attenuation. Marine Ecology Progress
S. Schofield, O. 2009. Growing a distributed ocean observatory: Our view
from the COOL room. Oceanography 22(2): 78-92.
Orion Weldon, a
Ph.D. student working with Julie Lockwood, had an article in the NJ Trailwalker magazine on the work that he is doing in
the highlands. The title is "A Flash of Grey and Gold.” It is on Orion’s
Golden-winged Warbler work.
Follow the link: http://www.nynjtc.org/trailwalker/2009/so09.pdf
reports the following two grants:
National Science Foundation, “ULTRA-Ex:
Connectivity Along Urban Rivers: A Keystone Process for Urban Ecosystems”
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection: “Carbon
storage and sequestration on restored forested wetlands: a potential mechanism
Karl Kjer received a $12,000 supplement grant from NSF in order to
travel with Postdoctoral Fellow, Jess Thomas, to Guelph Ontario,
where they sequenced over 1000 caddisfly samples, and
learned about high throughput sequencing techniques at the Barcode Center
at the University
Director of Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) reports two
and JCNEER funded by NOAA to develop a Coastal Vulnerability Decision
Sea level rise is a physical
reality that is impacting the New
Sea level rise is a world-wide phenomena, mitigating its impacts is a
local decision-making challenge and is going to require site-specific remedies.
To address these needs, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research
Reserve (JC NERR) and Rutgers University
Center for Remote Sensing
& Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) are collaborating to develop a place-based Coastal Vulnerability Decision Support System (CV-DSS). NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Coastal And Estuarine
Environmental Technology has provided $272,971
to fund the two year project. CRSSA Director Richard Lathrop will serve as PI with JCNERR’s
Mike Kennish as co-PI and Lisa Auermuller and Scott
Haag as Co-Investigators. The
project will be undertaken in cooperation New Jersey’s Coastal Management Office.
Faced with a variety of conflicting
mandates and uncertainty as appropriate responses, local land use planners and
managers will greatly benefit from place-based decision support system tools
that outline a range of geographically targeted management options. The planned CV-DSS
will improve upon existing map-based tools by identifying critical human as
well as environmental infrastructure, including a land ownership parcel-based
query system and further decision support tools that will help decision-makers
geographically target suitable best management practices (BMPs).
CRSSA funded to make Rutgers Engineering Soil Survey maps of New Jersey
for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) has teamed up with the Center
for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation to make the Rutgers Engineering
Soil Survey maps of New Jersey
accessible via the Internet. The
Engineering Soil Survey maps, originally developed by the Rutgers Engineering
School, are heavily
utilized by engineering firms and transportation agencies in designing roadway
and transportation infrastructure construction and improvement projects. The existing series of maps will be digitized
and a web-accessible geospatial visualization and query tool developed. The
objective is to make these maps and associated tabular information web accessible
to serve the needs of NJDOT staff as well as the
broader geotechnical and transportation engineering community. The NJ
Department of Transportation has provided $183,712
to fund the 1.5 year project. CRSSA Director Richard Lathrop will serve as PI
on the project.
(Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences) reports the following two grants:
Aeronautics and Space Administration, Earth-Sun System Division 2009-2012.
Satellite driven studies of climate mediated changes in Antarctic food
webs. Oliver, Kohut, Irwin, Fraser, Schofield ($747,880)
Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs 2009-2011. Collaborative
research aboard icebreaker ODEN: ASPIRE Amundsen sea polynya international research expedition. Yager, P., Sherrell, R., Ducklow, H., Stammerjohn,
S., Schofield, O. (under negotiation)
Rachael Winfree (Department of Entomology) reports two new grants:
- R Winfree (PI)
and N Williams, U C Davis (Co PI). “Strategies for Promoting Reliable Crop
Pollination by Native Bees.” USDA AFRI. 3 years, $400,000
- R Winfree (PI)
“Developing science-based pollinator restoration protocols for use in Farm
Bill conservation programs.” NRCS Conservation
Innovation Grant, State of New
Jersey. 2 years, $32,304
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
John Dighton was
elected as President-elect of the Soil Ecology Society.
John Dighton presided
over the symposium: An Holistic View of Soil Ecology: A tribute to the late
John Lussenhop. at the 12th biennial Soil
Ecology Society Meeting, July 22-25, 2009. Burlington Vermont
John Dighton is co-PI of the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate
students program with Bill Saidel of Rutgers Camden. This was the second year
in which 10 undergraduate students participated. During the program all
students stayed at the Pinelands dormitory for their orientation and
introduction to the New Jersey Pinelands. Through tours of local Pinelands
habitats and presentations by invited speakers the students learned about the
conservation, management, and restoration of the New Jersey Pinelands.
Throughout the program various workshops were offered in which questions of
scientific ethics, women in science and scientific writing for peer reviewed
journals were also addressed. Three students remained at the Pineland Station
for entire program to conduct individual research projects with a Pineland
Station faculty mentor.
John Dighton and Dennis Gray are co-PI’s of the NSF International
Research Experience for Students program project: Impacts of Forest Floor
Manipulations and the Problem of Post Harvest Residue Removal for Biofuels. In 2009 three undergraduate students participated
in a Rutgers Pineland Station research project in the NJCF
Franklin Parker Preserve before going to Finland where they conducted 10
week individual research projects with Finnish Forestry Institute (METLA) researchers. While there they visited research
stations Estonia, central Finland and Lapland.
The students also attended the Biogeomon conference
Joan Ehrenfeld is serving as Guest
Editor for the next issue of Annual
Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Nina Fefferman reports the following activities:
- Nina acted as a
Subject Matter Expert for the Bio-Math Connection (BMC)
Field Testers Workshop in the area of Ecology (July 8-14th), helping
produce teaching materials for high school educators to integrate the
mathematics and biological curricula for high school students.
- She co-organized
a workshop on Mathematical Models in Economic Epidemiology at Makarere University (Aug 3-5) and gave two invited
lectures at a mini-institute on epidemiological modeling for African and
American graduate students in Kampala
(July 29th and 30th)
- Nina has
organized a special semester on Modeling Behavioral Epidemiology,
beginning this fall, which will host visiting researchers throughout the
semester, culminating in a Workshop in November. Contact her for a list of
expected visitors and the dates of their visits.
Julie Lockwood was interviewed
for BBC Online on extinction patterns within geological and modern taxa. The interview can be found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8188166.stm
(Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences)
is the 2009 Chair of the Advisory Committee for the European EuroSITES program
Congratulations to the following students on the
successful defense of their Ph.D dissertation:
Landesman on July 27th, advisor John Dighton
- David La Puma
on August 20th, advisor Julie Lockwood
- Kyle Bennett on
August 28th, advisor Rich Lutz
- Ben Baiser
on August 28th, advisor Julie Lockwood
Spearman on September 14th, advisor Mike May
Congratulations to Denise Hewitt on the successful
completion of her Qualifying Exam on Sept. 10th.
Mary Cadenasso (Ph.D 1998, Steward T.A.
Pickett, advisor) received a Career
award from NSF. The NSF website states:
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a
Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most
prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of
those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education
within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should
build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research
Mary wrote a proposal entitled “CAREER: Spatial heterogeneity
and ecosystem function in an urban landscape: an integrated research, teaching,
and community engagement program” for her research in the Sacramento, CA
Joanna Choo, (Ph.D.2006, Ted Stiles advisor) presented at the American
Ornithological Union meeting on Aug 14 "Timing of life cycle events in
equatorial birds - An intertropical comparison"
Joanna Choo has accepted a fixed term
Assistant Professor position at Penn State , Harrisburg.
Heather Bowman Cutway
(Ph.D. 2004, Joan Ehrenfeld advisor)
reports the following publication:
Cutway, Heather and Joan G. Ehrenfeld. 2009. Exotic plant invasions in
forested wetlands: effects of adjacent urban land use type. Urban Ecosystems 12(3): 371-390.
Greg Dahle (Ph.D.
2009, Jason Grabosky advisor) delivered the following talk to the International
Society of Arboriculture 85th Annual Conference in Providence in July 2009
changes in allometric branch patterns related to
variations in branch stiffness and anatomical properties along branches.
Scholar (Ph.D. 2008, Jason Grabosky, advisor)) was presented with a
Proclamation from the City of Jersey City for
efforts in conservation and restoration of Liberty State Park.
In August Frank
Gallagher also gave a presentation at the Annual ESA
conference in Albuquerque New
entitled "Soil Metal Contamination Influences the Vegetation Assemblage
Development of an Urban Brownfield".
Dennis Gray (Ph.D. 2006) and his advisor John Dighton
have the following publication:
- Gray, Dennis M. and John Dighton.
(2009) Nutrient utilization by pine seedlings and soil microbes in oligotrophic pine barrens forest soils subjected to
prescribed fire treatment. Soil
Biology & Biochemistry. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.06.021
Krumins, Jennifer A.,
John Dighton, Dennis Gray, Rima Franklin, Peter J. Morin, Michael S. Roberts. (2009) Soil microbial
community response to nitrogen enrichment in two scrub oak forests. Forest Ecology and Management. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2009.06.046. Jenn received her Ph.D.
in 2008 advised by Peter Morin.
Brian Palestis (Ph.D.2000, Joanna Burger, advisor) reports the following
B.G. In press. Fluctuating asymmetry in common
tern chicks varies with hatching order and clutch size. The Auk. Oct 2009.
B.G. 2009. Use of artificial eelgrass mats by saltmarsh-nesting common terns (Sterna hirundo). In
Vivo 30(3): 11-16.
- Etinger, A., J. Lebron, and B.G. Palestis. In press. Sex-assortative
shoaling in zebrafish (Danio
- Zaatari, D., B.G. Palestis,
and R. Trivers. 2009. Fluctuating asymmetry of responders affects offers in the Ultimatum Game oppositely
according to attractiveness or need as perceived by proposers.
Ethology 115: 627-632
Kristen A. Ross,
Senior Ecologist at the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology was invited by the
Master Gardeners of Morris
County to give a
presentation entitled “Impacts of Invasive Species on Forested Systems” as part
of the Master Gardener Advanced Training Program on August 14, 2009.