Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Faculty and Student Newsletter
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Allison Candelmo, a graduate student working with Judy Weis, presented a paper at the Estuarine Research
Foundation on "Behavior and condition responses of young-of-the-year
bluefish (Pomatomus salatrix)
to contamination via trophic transfer"
Greg Dahle, a
graduate student in Jason Grabosky’s lab, will be giving a presentation at the Pacific
Northwest Chapter of ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Utility
Vegetation Management Conference on Nov 30th in Salem
OR. The talk is titled “How utility
through-pruning techniques relate to decay patterns in silver maples”.
presented "Best management practices for trees: Tree hazard
appraisal and risk management planning" to the Bergen County Parks
Department on November 10.
Julie Lockwood gave a
presentation at the University of Missouri
- St. Louis in their Biology Seminar Series. The talk was titled “The
role of propagule pressure in explaining invasion success.”
James MacDonald, a Ph.D. candidate in Judy Weis’ lab,
presented a paper at the Estuarine Research Foundation on "Subtidal animal communities on R. mangle prop roots: What
impact does nearby anthropogenic disturbance have on community composition and
Morin presented the opening and closing lectures at an
international graduate-level community ecology course held in Zeist, The Netherlands, on
November 6-11. Thirty-eight graduate students from several different countries
Denmark, USA) enrolled in the
course. Peter's two lectures were titled "The State of the Art of
Topology" and "The Future of Community Ecology: New Directions and
Unresolved Problems". The course
was organized by Professors Herman Verhoef (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
and Andre de Roos (University
of Amsterdam) under the auspices
of SENSE, the Netherlands Research
School for the Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment.
Ge, a research associate in the labs of Ming
Xu and Rick Lathrop, reports the following publications:
- Ge, Shaokui Raymond I.
Zufei Ma, Guangxue
Dianmo Li. 2005 Spatial heterogeneity and population
risk analysis of cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, in China. Insect Science 12: 255-262 2. Anderson, G. L. Raymond Carruthers, Shaokui
Ge and Peng
Invasive Tamarix Distribution and Effects of
Control with Airborne Hyperspectral
Remote Sensing. 2005, International
Journal of Remote Sensing. 26:2487-2489 (Journal cover).
- Ge, Shaokui Raymond I.
Carruthers, and Peng
Gong. 2005 Texture
Analysis for Mapping Tamarix
parviflora Using Aerial Photographs along Cache Creek, California. Environmental
Monitoring and Assessment (In
- Ge, Shaokui, James Everrit,
Raymond I. Carruthers Gerald L.
Anderson. 2005 Hyperspectral characteristics of Canopy Components and
Structure for Phenological
Assessment of an Invasive Weed.
Assessment (In press)
Zachary T. Long and Peter J.
Morin. 2005. Effects of organism size and community composition on
ecosystem functioning. Ecology Letters
Dr. John C. F.Tedrow,
Professor Emeritus, published “The Keys Project in Northern Alaska,
1951-53” in Arctic Vol 58, No.
a Ph.D. candidate in David Ehrenfeld’s lab, is a co-author of an upcoming publication
Liu, Holger Seiler, Ai Wen, Troy
Zars, Kei Ito, Reinhard
Wolf, Martin Heisenberg, Li Liu. "Distinct memory traces for
two parameters of visual pattern recognition in the Drosophila brain". Nature,
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Steven Handel is highlighted in the
November/December 2005 issue of Sierra magazine.
The issue discusses the importance of restoration ecology in urban areas, and
highlights some of the research being done in the Handel lab and the Center for
Urban Restoration Ecology. CURE is a joint effort between Rutgers
and the Brooklyn Botanical
Garden. The article is titled “Talkin’ Trash: Let a Billion Flowers Bloom.” For the
complete article visit the Sierra website at:
New Jersey Highlands Council has contracted with the Center for Remote Sensing
& Spatial Analysis, director Rick
Lathrop, to assist in the development of the NJ Highlands Regional Master
Plan which is due out June 2006. CRSSA
will be collaborating with the Highlands Council, the US Geological Survey and
the Bloustein School
in undertaking the background land capability studies needed to develop the
master plan. CRSSA will take the lead on
the Biodiversity and Natural Resources components of the Land Capability
Analysis, as well as a Conservation Threat assessment. Rick Lathrop will lead
the CRSSA team of John Bognar, Caroline Phillipuk, Mike Mills and Carl Figuerrido.
Lockwood has accepted an appointment as Associate Editor for the journal Global Ecology and
The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute awarded a $5000 grant Judy Weis
to support the work of Celine Santiago Bass, a Ph.D. candidate in Judy’s
lab. The grant was titled "Effects of extremely high gill
parasite loads of killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) from Mill Creek in the Hackensack
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Frank Gallagher, a Ph.D. candidate in Jason
Urban Forestry lab, was elected co-chair of the American Forest Foundation's
Education Operating Committee. The committee is charged with oversight and
direction of Project Learning Tree, an international environmental education
program which uses the forest as a "window" on the world to increase
students' understanding of the environment.
Moskowitz, a graduate student in Michael
May’s lab and a member of the East Brunswick Environmental
Commission, received an Environmental Excellence Award from the NJDEP at the
League of Municipalities Annual Meeting in Atlantic City
for his work on the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan (Amphibian Road
Kill Reduction Plan) for the Spotted Salamander Migration Road Closing Project.
More information about the award ceremony is can be found on the website:
Alison Seigel, a graduate student in Julie Lockwood’s lab, participated
in a week-long workshop in Orlando, Florida, titled, "Counting Critters: An Introduction to
Estimating Animal Abundance and Distance Sampling." The workshop
focused on the major survey methods (distance sampling and mark-recapture) and
statistical theory for estimating the size of wild animal
populations. Funding provided by the Duke Estate.
Galbraith-Kent and Amy
Karpati, Ph.D. students in Steven Handel’s lab and Mikael Forup, a post-doctoral fellow in the Handel lab, were
interviewed for The Reporter, Somerset
edition, about the restoration work they have been involved in at the Duke
Estate in Somerville. The article
titled “Science gives land a helping hand: 'With
restoration ecology, just the act of it is beneficial',” appeared in the
Thursday, Nov 17th edition. To read the complete article
Word of Thanks
Thanks to everyone in the department and program who
generously donated to a Biloxi, Mississippi family
[Bryan, Tabitha, Trenton (8yrs), &
Erin (4yrs) Thompson] who lost everything to
Hurricane Katrina. The Thompsons have
relocated to Northern Kentucky. Bryan and Tabitha have
found work, the kids are attending school, and they're slowly making a new
life there together.