Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Faculty and Student Newsletter
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· Celine Santiago Bass, a PhD candidate in Dr. Judy Weis’ lab, presented a poster at the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) conference held at the Meadowlands Commission October 14th-16th. The poster was entitled: "Parasite Diversity and Abundance in Killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) From Two New Jersey Estuaries."
· Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld gave a keynote address on Wetlands in Urban Regions - Challenges for conservation and Management" to the Northeast Section of the Society of Wetland Scientists on Oct. 29th, in Worcester, Mass.
· Dr. Jason Grabosky presented lectures and participated in round-table discussions on tree selection issues to the annual meetings of the Indiana Urban and Community Forestry Conference and the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation.
Han Han, a PhD student in Dr. Ming Xu’s
lab, presented a poster entitled: “Prediction of saturated hydraulic
conductivity from particle size and water retention.” 2004 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings,
· Dr. Richard Lathrop has been invited to speak at the The Forest Service Centennial
· Dr. Richard Lathrop spoke to the New Jersey Association of Planners at
their annual meeting on
Dr. Richard Lathrop spoke at the NJ Forest Woodland conference in
Dr. Richard Lathrop will be speaking at the League of Conservation annual
Dr. Peter Morin presented a seminar at
Environmental Research & Conservation (CERC) on 9 November, on: "Using
Experimental Model Systems To Explore Environmental Issues: Lessons from Small Worlds.”
Dana L. Price, a PhD candidate in Dr. Michael May’s lab, presented a paper
phylogenetic analysis of the dung beetles genus Phanaeus using
morphological data.” at the Scarab Research Network and at the VI Reunion de
Stander, a PhD candidate in
Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, attended the 2004 EPA Graduate Fellowship Conference
J. Vegetation of forested
wetlands in urban and suburban landscapes in
Assessment of American Chaffseed (Schwalbea
· Lockwood, J.L. P. Cassey, and T.M. Blackburn. Is propagule pressure the 'missing link' for predicting invasions? Trends in Ecology and Evolution. (In Press)
· Lockwood, J.L. Life in a double-hotspot: the transformation of Hawaiian bird diversity following invasion and extinction. Biological Invasions. (In Press).
· Pejchar, L, K. Holl and J. Lockwood. Home range size varies with habitat type in a Hawaiian Honeycreeper: implications for native Acacia koa forestry. Ecological Applications. (In Press).
D.L. 2004. Species
diversiety and seasonal abundance of scarabaeoid dung beetles (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae, Geotrupidae, and Trogidae) attracted to cow dung in central
· Price, D.L. 2004. Descriptions of the male and female genitalia of Phanaeus (Macleay) (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae): the index species group. Coleopterists Bulletin. (In Press).
K. R. & L. Struwe. 2004. Phylogeny
and evolution of Symbolanthus and Wurdackanthus
(Gentianaceae-Helieae) in the
· Mansion, G. & L. Struwe. 2004. Generic delimitation and phylogenetic relationships within the subtribe Chironiinae (Chironieae: Gentianaceae) with special reference to Centaurium: evidence from nrDNA and cpDNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32: 951-977.
· Molina, J. & L. Struwe. 2004. Neuburgia novocaledonica, comb. nov. and the first record of domatia in the family Loganiaceae. Australian Systematic Botany 17: 399-406.
· Struwe, L. & K. Gould. 2004. Redefinition of Symbolanthus to include Wurdackanthus (Gentianaceae - Helieae). Novon 14: 354-359.
· Struwe, L. & V. A. Albert. 2004. Monograph of neotropical Potalia (Gentianaceae: Potalieae). Systematic Botany 29(3): 670-701.
· Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld will be attending a meeting of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council in November.
· Dr. Richard Lathrop has been invited to serve on the GIS Committee advising the NJ Audubon Society's Important Bird and Birding Areas Program.
Grants and Fellowships:
Clement, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld’s
lab, obtained a fellowship from the French Ministry of Research. One hundred postdocs from
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
· Dr. Joanna Burger and Dr. Mike Gochfeld just returned from 5 weeks in the Aleutian Islands, on a research vessel collecting organisms for radioactive analysis. They gave a paper on their work at the American Ornithological Union meetings in August.
· Dr. David Drake and Dr. Julie Lockwood and their collective labs, attended the inaugural meeting of the New Jersey Chapter of The Wildlife Society at the Forsythe USFWS Refuge (Brigantine) on October 26. This represents the re-establishment of this organization in New Jersey.
· Dr. Jason Grabosky is a member of the testing committee for the "Board Certified Master Arborist" a certification given by the International Society of Arboriculture.
Student Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
· Greg Dahle, a PhD student in Dr. Jason Grabosky’s lab, was certified as a "Board
Certified Master Arborist" by the International Society of Arboriculture. This is a new certification and the paramount for the professional society. Greg was among the introductory group.
· Dr. J.C.Clement, a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at West Virginia University in the Department of Biology. He will work in collaboration with Professor Mark Walbridge and his research team on wetlands biogeochemistry.
· Michael Celestino, advisor John Quinlan, defended his master’s thesis entitled “Analysis of the abundances of Mercenaria mercenaria and other molluscs on prospective aquaculture leased grounds in New Jersey.” on November 8th.
· Arjun Sivasundar, advisor Jody Hey, defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Genetic variation, population structure and outcrossing in Caenorhabditis elegans.” on November 15. Dr. Sivasundar will be working as a Post Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Steven Palumbi at the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University in marine conservation genetics.