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the research of graduate students in the E&E Graduate Program. Donations
can be made to the Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program Academic Excellence
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to our graduate students, that is supported by donations to this fund. We
were delighted to make 6 awards to students, although we had many more applicants
than we could support from this limited pool of funds. If you have any questions
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the university is experiencing budget cuts of unprecedented size.
Celine Santiago Bass, a Ph.D. candidate in Judy
Weis’ lab, attended the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) conference
held Oct 26-28th at the US Coast Guard Academy in New
London, CT. where she presented
a poster entitled "Effects of heavy gill parasite burdens on Fundulus heteroclitus
anatomy and physiology."
Congratulations to Celine on winning the
M.I.T. Travel Award and the Dean Award for Best Graduate Student Poster.
has given several presentations recently:
- Nature Network. “Monitoring Exotic Species
in Forested Areas: A Citizen Science Initiative.” September 2006, New
- American Water Resources Association, Annual
Meeting. “Biotic Indicators”, a presentation in “Panel: The science of measuring
change – assessing the state of the Delaware
River Basin.” November, 2006.
of Pennsylvania. “Wetlands in
Urban and Suburban Regions – An Overview.” October, 2006. Philadelphia,
- Strategic Environmental Research and Development
Program, U. S.
Dept. of Defense, Partners in Environmental Technology
Technical Symposium & Workshop on November 30, 2006 in Washington,
D. C. The presentation
was titled: “Changes in Ecosystem Function Resulting from
Exotic Invasions: Theory & Practice”
Frank Gallagher, a PhD candidate in
Dr. Jason Grabosky’s Urban Forestry program, co-presented a general
session at the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation’s annual conference in Cherry
Hill on October 27th.. The presentation focused on demographic transition and
the corresponding need for natural resource based educational materials. Co-presenter Elizabeth Faircloth of the Division of Parks
and Forestry explained how the Project Learning provides such materials.
On Oct 31-Nov 1 Ed Green attended the annual meeting of the
Northeast Mensurationists Organization, and presented a talk titled "Bayesian
Analysis of LAI Data from Redwood Sprouts."
University and National Science
Council of Taiwan have invited Ed Green
to present a workshop on publishing in Forest Science to faculty and graduate
students in Taiwan.
He will be in Taiwan Nov 25-Dec 4. While there Ed will also give a presentation titled “Bayesian Inference in Forestry” and
tour the National University's
a Ph.D candidate in the Bonnie McCay lab,
presented at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Symposium
on Fishing Technology in the 21st Century: Integrating Fishing
and Ecosystem Conservation. October 30-November 3 in
Boston, MA. Her talk was titled Industry-Science Collaboration to Improve Fishery-Independent
Data Collection: The Trawl Survey Advisory Panel.
Teresa Johnson gave a talk in the Human Ecology Department’s
'Brown Bag' Seminar on Oct. 11. The title was: "Case Studies in Cooperative
Research: Incorporating Fishermen and their Knowledge into Science and Management"
P. LaPuma, a Ph.D. candidate in Rick
Lathrop’s lab, attended
the LANDIS-II Model Developer's Workshop in Madison, WI from Oct 30th
to Nov 1st where she presented a talk titled,
"LANDIS –II in the Pinelands of NJ: Incorporating Landuse/Landcover
Jonathon Schramm, a Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s
lab, presented a talk entitled
"Spatial Distribution of Japanese Stiltgrass in
Mountains of NJ" at the fall meeting
of the New Jersey Chapter of the Wildlife Society, held Nov 14th
here on Cook.
Kirsten Schwarz, a Ph.D. candidate in Steward T.A. Pickett’s lab, presented the following poster at the 2006 Baltimore Ecosystem
Study annual meeting:
“The Spatial Dynamics of Lead Levels
in Urban Soil and Correlations with Land Cover in Baltimore, MD.”
Schwarz, K., S.T.A. Pickett, M.L. Cadenasso,
R.V. Pouyat, and I.D. Yesilonis
Nicholas Skowronski, a Ph.D. student
in Erik Hamerlynck’s lab, presented a poster
at the Society of American Foresters National Convention held October 25-29th.
The poster was titled: “Recovery Following Severe Wildfire in the New Jersey
Jackie Taylor, a student in
David Bushek’s lab, presented a poster at
the International Conference on Shellfish Restoration. The
title was "Preliminary investigations of constructed oyster reef habitat in
Lower Delaware Bay." The meeting was held Nov 15th
-18th in Charleston,
SC. Jackie received funds from the GSNB Conference Travel Support Program
to attend this meeting.
Pete Vayda gave a talk titled "Causal Explanation of Environmental Change: The
Case of Indonesian Forest Fires" at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
Studies on Oct. 19 and at Columbia
University on Nov. 20.
a Ph.D. candidate in the Lockwood lab, gave a presentation
on November 1 at the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame
Species Program's annual staff meeting entitled "Oystercatcher Research in
New Jersey: Current Efforts
and Long-Term Opportunities." The purpose of the talk
was to give an overview of the research currently being supported by the
Endangered and Nongame Species Program with their State Wildlife Grant (SWG)
funds and to outline the benefits of continuing the study over the long-term. The immediate results of the talk were the inclusion of
the oystercatcher study in ENSP's 2008 SWG budget
proposal at the current level of support.
a post-doctoral fellow in the Joan Ehrenfeld
lab, attended the Annual
Meetings Of Agronomy Society of America - Crop Science Society of America
- Soil Science Society of America 2006 in Indianapolis On November 12-16, 2006, Shen had
two presentations with collaborators from the Ehrenfeld lab:
- A poster titled: “Plant-Soil
Feedback Of Native And Invasive Plant Species Shifts Soil Microbial Community
Composition And Function” Shen Yu, Joan Ehrenfeld,
Torsten Vor, and Kenneth Elgersma.
- A talk titled: “Seasonal
Shifts In Soil Microbial Community And Nitrogen Cycling
In Wetlands Of The New Jersey Pinelands” Shen Yu and Joan Ehrenfeld.
We are happy to announce
the publication of two books this month.
Julie Lockwood ‘s Invasion
Ecology is now available.
Lockwood, J.L., M.F. Hoopes, and M.P. Marchetti. Invasion
Ecology. Blackwell Scientific Press, UK.
George McGhee's latest book has just been published by Cambridge University
The Geometry Of Evolution: Adaptive Landscapes And
Greg Dahle, a Ph.D. candidate
in Jason Grabosky’s lab, reported the following publication:
Dahle, G.A., H.A. Holt, W.R Chaney,
T.M. Whalen, J. Grabosky, D. Cassens, R.
Gazo, R.L. McKenzie, J.B. Santini. “Decay patterns in sliver maple trees converted
from round-over to V-trim.” Arboriculture
& Urban Forestry 32(6):260-264
Lin Jiang (Ph.D. 2003 advisor Peter Morin) and Jennifer Adams Krumins, a Ph.D. candidate
in Peter Morin’s lab, collaborated on the
- Jiang, L. and J. A. Krumins.
2006. Multiple predator effects in an experimental microbial community. Ecological Research 21:723-731.
- Jiang, L.
and J. A. Krumins. 2006. Consumer versus environmental
productivity control of bacterial diversity and bacteria-mediated organic
matter decomposition: evidence from a laboratory microbial community. Oikos 114:441-450
Julie Lockwood and her lab report three papers:
M., L.J. Harmon, J.L. Lockwood, M.M. Mayfield, A.R. Hughes,
J.P. Wares, and D.F. Sax. Effects of exotic species on evolutionary diversification.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution. In Press
- LaPuma, D.A.,
J.L. Lockwood, and M.A. Davis. Endangered species management
requires a new look at benefit of fire: the Cape Sable seaside sparrow in the Everglades ecosystem. Biological Conservation. In Press
- Cassey, P.,
T.M. Blackburn, J.L. Lockwood, D.F. Sax. A stochastic model
for integrating changes in species richness and community similarity across
spatial scales. Oikos 115: 207-218.
reports two papers in press:
- Xu, M., Chang, C-P, Fu, C., Qi, Y.,
Robock, A., Robinson, D., and Zhang, H-M. 2006. Steady Decline of East Asian
Monsoon Winds, 1969 - 2000: Evidence from Direct Ground Measurements of Wind
Speed, Journal of Geophysical Research (in press).
- Rangwala, I.,
Miller, J., Russell, G., and Xu, M. 2006. Analysis of global
climate model experiments to elucidate past and future changes in surface
insolation and warming in China,
Geophysical Research Letters (in press).
Vayda, A. P., 2006. Causal explanation
of Indonesian forest fires: Concepts, applications, and research priorities.
Human Ecology 34: 615-635.
Achievements and Activities:
attended a meeting of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National
Research Council, in Washington, DC (November, 2006). Joan has been appointed
to the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of the Everglades Restoration
organized and led a workshop on “Watershed Management and Wetlands” at the
“Regional Planning Comes of Age” conference held to celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the Pineland Comprehensive Management Plan, organized by the
Pinelands Preservation Alliance. September 29th 2006
Jason Grabosky was elected to a 3-year
term on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation and
received the following awards from the New Jersey Arborist chapter of the
International Society of Arboriculture:
2006 Arborist of the Year
2006 Researcher of the Year.
attended the Society of American Foresters National Convention in Pittsburgh
PA (Oct 25-28). While there he attended
the SAF Journal Editors meeting and the Forest Science Reviewer Reception.
Steven Handel has been elected
by ESA's membership to a 3-year term on the Board
of Professional Certification of the Ecological Society of America. This Board
determines whether applicants will receive approval under the guidelines
of the Society. Three levels of Certification are
available, from Associate Ecologist (bachelor's in ecology plus other criteria)
through Senior Ecology (Ph.D. plus 5 years experience, plus leadership. etc.) Full details are on the ESA website.
Rebecca Jordan and Cindy Hmelo-Sliver
were awarded an NSF collaborative proposal for Alternate Learning Technologies
focused on using classroom aquaria to teach about complex systems ($304,252)
Rebecca Jordan and Ravit Golan Duncan were awarded
a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Teacher as Scholars award in which in-service
teachers are given the opportunity to interact with Rutgers Scientists. New
graduate student Steven Gray will also participate in this initiative ($15,000)
Julie Lockwood attended the Fall New Jersey Wildlife
Society Meetings here on Cook Campus. The topic of the meeting was Managing
New Jersey's Forests.
Terry McGuire and Jeanette Haviland-Jones’ work on the healing and therapeutic
effect of flowers has been written up in the November 2006 issue of “O” The
In addition to the Oprah magazine Terry was
a scholar-in-residence at the University
of Montana Oct. 9 -13 . He gave 3 different talks on teaching science
and consulted with interested faculty.
Terry McGuire also reports that he was
elected a BiosciEdNet scholar. http://www.biosciednet.org/portal/BEN_Scholars_Application_Notice.pdf
This is part of a National Dissemination project with
the National Science Digital Library. He was told that only 20 people were
selected nationwide. Terry has been core faculty and senior associate of
the NSF-funded SENCER project. www.sencer.net
Student Awards, Achievements, and
At the invitation of Dr. Nancy Targett,
Dean, College of Marine
and Earth Studies, University of
Delaware, John Balletto provided testimony in a performance
assessment review for the Delaware Sea Grant Program. Prior
to their departure the team gave very positive marks to the Delaware Program.
John is a Ph.D. candidate under Ken Able.
John has recently changed jobs. After
retiring from PSEG where he was heavily involved in the Estuary Enhancement
Program, a 10,000 acre salt marsh restoration program, John is now Principal
Scientist/Vice President of Blasland, Bouck and Lee, Inc, a consulting company where he intends
to continue habitat restoration work.
Jeremy Feinberg, a Ph.D student
in Joanna Burger’s lab, was interviewed by the New York Times about his leopard
Joe Paulin, a Ph.D. candidate in David
Ehrenfeld’s lab reports several items:
- His wildlife related research and outreach
activities were featured in an article in the Home News Tribune.
- He was interviewed for an article on suburban
white-tailed deer management for the Philadelphia Inquirer
- He assisted the New Jersey Division of Fish
and Wildlife with black bear mark and recapture research trapping.
a Ph.D. candidate in Julie Lockwood’s lab,
was awarded a third year of support for his oystercatcher research from the
NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program. ENSP is providing Tom with a research grant from their
2007 State Wildlife Grant funds to prepare and test a GIS model of the expected
distribution of American oystercatchers in coastal salt marshes in New Jersey.
has also been coordinating efforts to repair osprey nesting platforms at
the Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone. Repairs
to damaged platforms are being conducted this winter by a group of volunteers
from the NJ Sea Kayak Association.
Quals and Prelims:
Congratulations to the following:
- Patricia Ramey, a Ph.D. candidate
in Fred and Judy Grassle’s labs, successfully defended her Preliminary Proposal
on October 23rd.
- Carrie Norin, a Ph.D. candidate in Steven Handel’s lab, successfully
completed her Qualifying Exam on November 6th.
- Inga P. LaPuma, a Ph.D. candidate in Rick Lathrop’s lab, successfully
completed her Qualifying Exam on November 17th.
David Bart, (Ph.D. 2004, advisor Jean Marie
Hartman) has accepted a position as assistant professor of
Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jeremy Fox (Ph.D. advisor Peter Morin)
has the following publication:
Fox, J. W. 2006. Using the Price Equation
to partition the effects of biodiversity loss on ecosystem function. Ecology 87:2687-2696.
Alex Hernandez (Ph.D. 2005,
advisor Michael Sukhdeo) reports the following publication. It was published
online in Parasitology, the official
journal of the British Society for Parasitology.
“Composition and diversity patterns in metazoan parasite
communities and anthropogenic disturbance in stream ecosystems.” A. D. Hernandez, J. F. Bunnell
and M. V. K. Sukhdeo.
The extended E&E family continues to grow
with two more grad students announcing the birth of daughters:
- Scott and Colleen Haag announce
the arrival of Mackenzie Nicole.
- Jenni and Eric
Momsen have a daughter, born Nov 9th. Autumn Zoë weighed 7 lbs
13 oz .