of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
and Evolution Graduate Program Newsletter
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presented both a talk and a poster at the Conférences Jacques-Monod in Roscoff, France
mechanisms of fast evolution in single-stranded DNA viruses. Understanding
emergence of infectious diseases: focus on new experimental and
theoretical approaches to virus evolution. (contributed talk)
- J.J. Dennehy, S. Duffy, K.J. O'Keefe, A. Jethra,
S.V. Edwards, and P.E. Turner. Reduced variation is a consequence of
genetic exchange in evolving RNA virus populations. Understanding
emergence of infectious diseases: focus on new experimental and
theoretical approaches to virus evolution. (Poster)
Nina Fefferman gave an invited talk at an international workshop at the
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA, hosted by the Office of
Naval Research, entitled "Stability and Success of Emergent Structures in
Dynamically Self-Organizing Populations".
Ph.D. candidate in the Rebecca Jordan lab, won the student poster competition
for his poster at the Mid-Atlantic American Fisheries Society Meeting at
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey on 10/1-10/2
S. Manderson, J. Palamara, L., Kohut, J.,
and Oliver, M., Developing ecological indicators for fisheries management
using IOOS defined habitat characteristics in the mid-Atlantic Bight.
Rebecca Jordan reports the following two presentations:
R. Invited Speaker: NASA Land
Cover Citizen Science Workshop in Greenbelt,
MD. October 26, 2009. Title: Land Cover Citizen Science:
benefits for scientists.
R., R. Jordan, and H. Ballard. American Society of Science and Technology
Centers Annual Meeting, Austin TX. November, 2009. Title: Public Participation in
Scientific Research: CAISE Inquiry Group Report.
Kirsten Schwarz, a Ph.D. candidate working with Stewart T.A.
Pickett at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies, attended the Long Term Ecological
Research (LTER) All Scientist Meeting in Estes Park, CO (9/13-9/16) where she
co-organized a working group entitled “Identifying the benefits and barriers to graduate student cross-site
socio-ecological research in urban systems” and presented a poster entitled “An
empirical model of the spatial distribution of lead in urban residential soils
of Baltimore, Maryland.”
Kirsten Schwarz also attended the Baltimore Ecosystem
Study (BES) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (10/20-10/22) where she organized the BES graduate
student symposium and presented a poster entitled “A comparison of three
models describing the spatial distribution of lead in urban residential soils
of Baltimore, Maryland.”
gave an invited seminar titled 2009 “Feeling
less isolated: the fate of island bird diversity in the face of species
invasions and extinctions” at the University
of Delaware, Department
of Entomology and Wildlife Biology
Siobain Duffy reports the following publication:
- K. Rosario, S. Duffy and M.
Breitbart. Diverse circovirus-like genome architectures revealed by
environmental metagenomics. Journal
of General Virology. 90:2418-2424.
has two publications:
J., J. R. Rich, J. G. Ehrenfeld, P. R. Jaffe. 2009. Oxidation of
ammonium to nitrate under iron reducing conditions in wetland soils:
laboratory, field demonstrations and push pull rate determinations. Soil Science. 174:156-164
Shen and J. G. Ehrenfeld. 2009. Relationships among plants, soils and
microbial communities along a hydrological gradient in the New Jersey
Annals of Botany.
doi:10.1093/aob/mcp183, 12 p
Joan Ehrenfeld received a
grant, with Jason Grabosky as co-PI
from the USDA AFRI titled “Belowground competition: a mechanism to explain the
invasiveness of exotic forest understory shrubs”.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Joan Ehrenfeld participated as a member in a meeting of the Committee on
Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress in West Palm Beach, FL.
Nina Fefferman participated in a workshop at the Consortium for
Mathematics and Its Applications involving academic researchers and high school
math and biology teachers to produce classroom teaching materials for the
integration of mathematics and biology in the high school curricula.
Dina Fonseca (Department of Entomology) is on the Editorial Board of
the journal "Infection, Genetics and Evolution". This journal of
molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases
(MEEGID) is a peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor of 2.792.
Ed Green attended the Editor's meeting at the Society of American
Foresters National Convention in Orlando,
Sept 30 - Oct 3. Ed was asked and agreed to serve as Editor of Forest Science for an unprecedented 7th
Steven Handel has an art installation at The Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue and 93rd Street in Manhattan. As part of the
"Reinventing Ritual" show, his piece, done in collaboration with
artist Mierle L. Ukeles, is an ecological interpretation of the ritual spice
box used to close the sabbath day. Called "I'm Talking to You: a Scent Garden,
Three Different Voices from Nature," the piece shows the ecological
function of plant odors, their power to attract, repel, or trick the animal
world to visit or avoid the plant. Over 25 different species of plants are used
that have unique odors. In this way,
Handel hopes to teach ecological principles, in this case plant-animal
interactions and chemical ecology, to non-traditional audiences. The show will be at the Museum through
February 7, 2010, and then moves to San Francisco
to be displayed at the Museum
of Contemporary Jewish Art
Gene Likens (Founding Director and Professor Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies)
has been elected as an Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy
of Sciences. Dr. Likens will be visiting China
in October where he will give a plenary lecture at the International Society of
Limnology, receive an honorary degree from Jinan
University and lecture at Nanjing
Institute of Geography and Limnology and the South China
Judy Weis attended a workshop in Ottawa
to advise the Division of Fisheries and Oceans on how to make their aquaculture
more "environmentally friendly” the week of Oct 19 to 23.
appointed to the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee of the US EPA
Science Advisory Board .
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
was a tour leader at HMF on Sept 20th. Title of the tour: "The microbial
ecology of HMF" and led another tour at HMF with Dr. Dan Cariveau on Oct.
6th for a Microbiology class from Wagner College.
"Macro- and Micro- ecological processes at HMF" Aspa is also
collaborating on a project titled: "Comparative analysis of merA genes and
microbial communities between 2 mercury polluted areas in the U.S. and Taiwan”
with visiting professor Dr Mei-Fang Chien from Ehime University in Japan.
Julian and Jessica
Avery announced the birth of daughter
Arden Lark Avery. Arden
was born on October 6th at 4:41 pm weighing 7lbs 6oz and 20.5 inches
long. Mom and baby are both doing
(Department of Entomology) and her husband Robert welcomed Sophia Geppert
Budny. Born on Thursday, October 8th at 3:19 pm at Princeton Medical
Center. Sophia weighed 7 lb 2 oz, and was 20.5 inches
long. Sophia joins her brother Nicholas.
Everyone is doing very well.
Congratulations to Jack Siegrist, advisor Peter Morin, on
the successful completion of his Qualifying Exam on September 30. 2009.
Congratulations to Jessica Sanders, advisor Jason
Grabosky, on the successful defense of her preliminary proposal on October 20,
Greg Dahle (Ph.D. 2009 advisor Jason Grabosky) reports the following
- Dahle GA
and JC Grabosky. 2009. Review of Literature on the Function and Allometric
Relationships of Tree Stems and Branches. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 35:311-320
On October 7th Frank
Gallagher, (Ph.D. 2008, advisor Jason Grabosky) a Visiting Scholar with the
Urban Forestry Program gave a presentation entitled
"Phytostabilization of an Urban Brownfield: Assessing the Ecological
Risks" at the Watchable Wildlife Conference in Avalon/Cape May New Jersey.
Frank also reports a publication:
F.J., Pechmann, I., Isaacson B., and
Grabosky, J., In Press.
Morphological Variation in the Seed of
Betula populifolia Marsh:
A Comparison of Trees from Metal Contaminated Soils. Urban Habitats.
Lin Jiang,(Ph.D. 2003, advisor Peter
Morin) reports his most recent publication:
- Jiang, L. and Z.
Pu. 2009. Different effects of species diversity on temporal stability in
single-trophic and multi-trophic communities. American Naturalist, 174: 651-659
and Scott Ruhren (Ph.D. 1998,
advisor Steven Handel) are the proud parents of their second child, Tess
DiLisio Ruhren, born September 7th, Labor Day! Tess, the only native
Rhode Islander in the bunch, joins sister Faith.
Patricia Ramey, Ph.D. 2008, advisors
Fred and Judy Grassle, reports the
- Ramey, P.A, Grassle, J.P.,
Grassle, J.F., and Petrecca, R. M. (2009) Small-scale, patchy
distributions of infauna in hydrodynamically mobile continental shelf
sands: Do ripple crests and troughs support different communities? Continental Shelf Research.
Lauren Spearman, (Ph.D. 2009 advisor
Mike May) has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor
position at Towson
University. It is a
Tom Virzi, (Ph.D. 2008, advisor Julie
Lockwood) attended the Bayesian Analysis of Population Ecology Workshop at the Centre
for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at University of St. Andrews, Scotland,
from September 7-10. Tom attended to
learn advanced Bayesian analysis techniques to be applied to demographic data
for the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow project.