With this newsletter we welcome Michael Doosey to Rutgers. Michael is a 4th year grad student
at TulaneUniversity where he works with Dr.
Henry Bart. Hurricane Katrina closed
Tulane and Michael and his family have come back to New Jersey until they can return
to Tulane and their home in New Orleans. Lena Struwe is able to provide the
equipment in her lab that Michael needs to continue his work.
A word of special
thanks to all of you who offered to help Michael when word of his needs went
Boyd, a graduate student in David Bushek’s lab at
the Haskins Shellfish Marine Laboratroy, will be
presenting a poster at the Estuarine Research Federation 2005 Conference in Norfolk,
Virginia, October 16-21, 2005. He received a
$225 student travel award from the Federation to help offset the
costs of attending the meeting. The poster is titled “Establishment of the
Non-Indigenous Asian Isopod Synidotealaevidorsalis in Delaware Bay, USA.”
Domenic D’Amore, a graduate student working
in the labs of Kathy Scott and George McGhee, is presenting the results of his
Komodo dragon feeding study at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
meeting on October 19th in Mesa, Arazona.The title
is “Feeding in the Komodo dragon, Varanuskomodoensis: taphonomic and
functional implications of ziphodont dentition.”
Ehrenfeld will be speaking on “Urban Wetlands – Science
and Policy” to the Environmental Science and Policy Seminar Series at the NJ
Institute of Technology on Oct. 26th
Joan is also an invited participant in a workshop at the
Hudson River Foundation on “Setting Targets for Restoration of the
Kenneth Elgersma, a graduate student working with Joan Ehrenfeld, presented a poster at the Invasive Plant
Atlas of New England (IPANE) 2005 New England Invasive Plant Conference in Framingham, MA.Co-authored with Joan Ehrenfeld, the poster was titled “Rooting patterns of
Japanese Barberry (Berberisthunbergii) and a co-occurring native tree.”
has two presentations scheduled this month:
Wisconsin, October 18 Wisconsin Arborist
Association: "Trees for the Urban Site"
Hill, NJ October
21 New Jersey Shade Tree Federation: "Tree selection
tools for urban landscape design"
Julie Lockwood presented a talk titled “The role of propagule pressure in
explaining invasion success.” at the Rutgers Newark Biology Colloquium.
Joe Paulin, a
David Ehrenfeld graduate student, presented the following at The Wildlife
Society 12th Annual Conference. September 25-29 inMadison, Wisconsin.
·Paulin, JB, Drake, D, Ehrenfeld,
DE, Carr, PC and K, Burguess.
2005. "Attitudes for or against the management of white-tailed deer, Canada
geese, and black bear in New Jersey,
Joe also spoke in Julie Lockwood’s
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation class about human-black bear interactions in New
Ming Xu presented a seminar titled
“Climate Change and Ecosystem Carbon Cycle” in the ,
Department of Biological Science, RutgersUniversity, Newark,
September 27, 2005.
Li, Y., Xu, M., Zou, X. “Effects of nutrient additions on ecosystem carbon
cycle in a Puerto Rican tropical wet forest.” Global Change Biology (in
Y., Xu, M.,Zou,
respiration in relation to environmental factors and microbial biomass in two
wet tropical forests.”Plant and
Soil (in press).
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Grabosky will be teaching a new course this spring in the
Spring 2006 Rutgers College Honors Program seminar: Tree Growth and
Form 12:090:296. The class is scheduled for Wednesday mornings at on College
discovery byLena Struwe (Rutgers
University) and Jason Grant (Univ of Neuchatel) of a unique tree-gentian in the Andes named the
Harry-Potter-plant or Apparating Moon-gentian (Macrocarpaea apparata)
is featured in the newly published book "Strange New Species : Astonishing
Discoveries of Life on Earth" by Elin Kelsey on
Maple Tree Press.More information about
this plant can be found at: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~struwe/gentnet/species/sp_Macr_appa_img.htm
Ming Xu was appointed by the Dean to
the Affirmative Action, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Committee, CookCollege, from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Tom Virzi, a graduate student working with Julie
Lockwood, was awarded a second year of funding ($15,000) from
the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program
for his research on American Oystercatchers breeding in NJ.
Alexander Hernandez, advisor Michael Sukhdeo, successfully defended
his Ph.D. dissertation on Oct. 12,
2005. Alex has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at FloridaInternationalUniversity
where he will be working with Dr. Joel Trexler.
of the program alumni sent news to pass along. If any alumni have news that you
would like to put in the newsletter, please send it to me.
Cole (Ph.D. 2002) is teaching a course at BostonCollege titled "Environmental
Biology.Marlene will also be increasing
her involvement in BC's Urban Ecology Institute.
Bob Cox (Ph.D. 2005) has accepted a
position as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and
Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. Bob is studying the physiological ecology of
desert birds with Joe Williams.
David Nemerson, (Ph.D. 2001)is
Biologist in the Conservation Department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
David “runs the science end of things in our Chesapeake Bay
marsh restoration program, which centers on rebuilding eroding salt marshes
around the Bay using volunteer labor.”
Scott Ruhren (Ph.D. 1998) was recently named Director of
Properties and Acquisitions at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Scott is
also an adjunct professor at ProvidenceCollege and was formerly an
instructor, researcher and advisor at the University
of Rhode Island’s Department of
Kelly Smith (Ph.D.
1995) is an Associate Professor at the University
of North Florida. Kelly is currently
involved in wetlands restoration efforts in Northeast Florida.
Her husband, Tony Turrin, who provided computer
support when Ecology & Evolution was in Nelson Labs, is now supporting
distance learning and streaming media services at the University.
Eric Weissberger (Ph.D. 1998) has moved from Maine
to Narragansett, Rhode Island
where he is employed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in their Atlantic