Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Faculty and Student Newsletter
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Julie Lockwood and her lab have been busy:
- Julie, David
Ben Baiser participated in the 3rd Annual Fire Ecology and Cape Sable
Seaside Sparrow Recovery meeting in Homestead
from December 4th to 7th. David
LaPuma’s talk was titled *Fire, who needs it?* Fire
effects on the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in Everglades
National Park.” Ben presented
his work titled “The effects of water on the nesting success of the Cape
Sable Seaside Sparrow.” Beyond presenting their research, they also
participated in setting fire management goals for the coming year (2006)
for Everglades National
- Tom Virzi gave a presentation at the
American Oystercatcher Working Group's annual meeting which was held in
Cape May, NJ (Dec 6-7). His talk
was titled: "American Oystercatchers Breeding in New Jersey: Evidence
of a Habitat Shift in Response to Human Disturbance on Coastal Barrier
Peter Morin gave an invited lecture on Nov. 30 in the Biocomplexity
Seminar Series at the University of New
NM. The title of Peter's seminar was:
"Small Worlds: Using Microbes to Answer Big Questions in Ecology".
Alex Felson, a Ph.D. student in Steward T.A. Pickett’s lab, reports
the following publication:
Felson AF and Pickett STA. 2005. Designed
experiments: new approaches to understanding urban ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment:
3 (10) 549-556.
Ming Xu reports the
Qian, Y., Kaiser, D.P., Leung, L.R., Xu, M. More frequent cloud-free sky and less
surface solar radiation in China
from 1955-2000, Geophysical Research
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Alex Felson was
promoted to Director of Ecological Design at EDAW, the landscape architecture
Nan Shao, advisor Colleen Hatfield, successfully defended her Ph.D.
dissertation on November 21, 2005.
Her dissertation was titled “Invasibility and Vulnerability of Plant
Communities to Biological Invasions: A Spatially Explicit Stochastic Modeling
Approach.” Dr. Shao will be moving to Atlanta
at the end of December.
Kevin Flesher, advisor Andrew Vayda, successfully
defended Ph.D. dissertation titled “Explaining the Biogeography of the Medium
and Large Mammals in a Human-dominated Landscape in the Atlantic Forest of Bahia, Brazil: Evidence for the Role of Agroforestry
Systems as Wildlife Habitat,” on December
9, 2005. Dr. Flesher is moving to Brazil
at the end of this month where he intends to continue his work in conservation.
The Qualifying Exam is the first
official “rite of passage” for Ph.D. students. This exam marks the official
transition to Ph.D. candidacy. Typically, the Ecology and Evolution Graduate
Program requires this to be an oral exam testing the students overall
scientific knowledge with an emphasis on ecology and evolution.
This has been a busy month as
several graduate students successfully completed their Qualifying Exams and are
now Ph.D. candidates.
- Patricia Ramey,
co advisors Fred Grassle and Judy Grassle, Nov. 14th
- Thomas Virzi,
advisor Julie Lockwood, November 29th
The ‘prelim” in Ecology and
Evolution is the presentation and defense of a written Ph.D. research proposal
to the student’s committee.
Krumins, a Ph.D. candidate in Peter Morin’s lab, successfully defended
her preliminary proposal on November
Gallagher, a Ph.D. candidate in Jason Grabosky’s
lab, successfully defended his preliminary proposal on November 23, 2005.
John Brzorad, Ph.D. 1994, in the Biotechnology Department, Forsyth
Winston-Salem, NC reported the
J. N. Brzorad, A.D. Maccarone and K.J.
Conley. 2004 "Foraging energetics of
Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets" J. Field Ornith.