November - December
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gave an invited seminar at
Rebecca Jordan gave an invited seminar titled Biodiversity, Cichlid Mate Choices, and People at the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program Seminar Series, UMASS Amherst. October 12, 2007.
gave a paper at the NAAEE (North American Association of Environmental
Educators) annual research symposium (November 13-14) in
Matthew Kimball, a Ph.D. candidate
in Ken Ables lab, gave a presentation at the Estuarine Research Federation
19th Biennial Conference in
Kimball ME, Able KW. Intertidal creek nekton response to Phragmites removal: Evaluating traditional sampling gears versus underwater video.
David La Puma, a
Julie Lockwood Ph.D. candidate, presented Come hell or high water: managing
the Cape Sable seaside sparrow within the dynamic Everglades ecosystem. to the
Florida Ornithological Society at their annual meeting in
presented an invited seminar in the University of Notre Dame Environmental
Research Center (UNDERC) Seminar Series on November 7. The title of Peter's
seminar was "Small Worlds: Using Experiments with Microbes to Explore
Patterns in Community Ecology".
Joe Paulin, a
Ph.D. candidate in David Ehrenfelds lab, was invited to give a talk at the
Steven N. Handel was selected to receive the "Members Award,"
given for the outstanding poster presentation at the annual meeting of the
Society for Ecological Restoration of California, in
Jaclyn Taylor, a Masters student in David Busheks lab, gave a talk titled "Nekton utilization of constructed intertidal oyster reefs and aquaculture structures in Delaware Bay, USA at the 2007 Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation in Providence, RI (November 4-8).
Ming Xu was invited to give a talk titled "Spatially-explicit
modeling of ecosystem processes in northwest of China", and chaired a
session at the joint China-Swiss Workshop on "Modeling Land Use Change and
Ecosystem Functions in the Loess Plateau in Northwest China" (Oct. 22-27,
Patricia Alvarez, a Ph.D. candidate in James Whites lab, reports the following publication:
Frank Gallagher and Jason Grabosky have the following publication:
Steven Gray, Rebecca Jordan and David Howe report two publications:
Brad Hillman and his lab report the following publications:
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Joan Ehrenfeld was invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrology.
Steven Handel has been elected an "Honorary Member" of the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He will receive this award at their annual
meeting next fall, in
The ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, with some 18,000 members. Honorary Membership is awarded to "individuals whose achievements are of national or international significance or influence" to the professional of landscape architecture. Steven was cited for his work meshing modern ecological restoration science with landscape design.
This year thirteen people were cited for Honorary Membership. In addition to Steven, the list includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg, William McDonough, and Robert Redford, all whose work has advanced significant landscape improvement or conservation. Past winners include the Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Albert Gore, Lady Bird Johnson, President Jimmy Carter, Mayor Richard M. Daley, Bruce Babbitt, Laurence Rockefeller, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., William K. Reilly, Peter H. Raven, and William H. Whyte.
Rick Lathrop, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) has reported the following activities:
To access a copy of the full report go to
NJN News interviewed Lena Struwe and Jason Grabosky about
their Metasequoia work
for the evening news program of October 27th.
Joan Ehrenfeld attended
a meeting in
Student Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Patricia Alvarez, a Ph.D. candidate in Jim Whites lab, was a participant in the Third
Tropical Ecology, Assessment, and Monitoring (TEAM) Network Science Meeting at
Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) network, led by Conservation
International, with long-term funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation, develops a global network of sites and scientists to monitor
quantitative trends in biodiversity using standardized methods, to make this
data publicly available, and to forecast changes in biodiversity.
The Network Science Meeting was co-hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), one of the most important tropical forest networks in the world.
Patricia represented Peru-Manu National Park-Cocha Cashu Biological Station, future site for TEAM and CTFS. I participated in the development of the Plant Phenology and Functional Traits protocols, and was one of the judges for the poster session.
Inga La Puma, a Ph.D. candidate in Rick Lathrops lab, attended the LANDIS-II workshop in Rhinelander, WI. Inga is using the LANDIS-II, a spatial forest succession and disturbance model, to help predict how the Pinelands will change with differing rates of land-use and fire disturbances.
At the workshop, LANDIS-II users from the
The research group developing around this model is exciting and dynamic. The collaborations created at these annual meetings will be lasting and productive.
The research of Inga La Puma and Jason Turnure, a Masters student working with Ken Able was featured in the 10th anniversary publication of the program for Graduate Research Fellowships for the National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ingas three-year fellowship is to study the effects of fire and other disturbance in estuary watersheds. Jay has a two year fellowship to tag and track the movements of weakfish.
Esther Leibovich, a Ph.D. candidate in Gary Taghons lab, taught a 3-week "Microteaching" certificate program for the teaching assistant project and CASTL program. Esther also gave a lecture/training session on grading and assessment for the Introduction to College Teaching II course.
November and December have been busy months with many Qualifying Exams, Preliminary Proposal Defenses and M.S. and Ph.D. defenses.
Congratulations to the following:
On the successful completion of the Qualifying Exam:
On the successful defense of their Preliminary Proposal:
On the successful completion of their Masters Degree:
On the successful defense of their Ph.D. Dissertation:
Shannon Galbraith-Kent has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position
at her alma mater,
Several alumni, including Kathy Parsons, Dave Shealer, and
Jorge Saliva and their former advisor Joanna Burger "re-convened"
during the 31st meeting of the Waterbird Society in