Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Ecology and Evolution
Graduate Program Newsletter
Previous newsletters may be found at:
Jeremy Feinberg, a Ph.D. student in Joanna Burgerís lab, presented a
poster at the Eighth Conference of the Herpetological Association of Africa. North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa in November.
J.A., T.M. Green and K.E. Hoffmann.†† Using GIS to study habitat use and home range of rare herpetofauna at Brookhaven National Laboratory.†
This fall Steven
Handel presented lectures on restoration ecology at three universities:
of Nevada, Reno,
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.
of California at Irvine,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology .
New School University, New York
City, Environmental Sensitivity Program .
Ross, a Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeldís
lab, gave a presentation titled: "Effects of Soil Amendments on the
Nitrogen Dynamics of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and Japanese Stiltgrass
(Microstegium vimineum) in New
at the Soils and Restoration Ecology Conference at Depaul University,
December 18-20, 2006. This
is a conference to promote soil ecology in the practice of restoration ecology.
Tom Virzi, a Ph.D.
candidate in the Julie Lockwood lab, gave a
presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Oystercatcher Working Group
on December 4th in Cedar Key, FL entitled "Evaluating American
Oystercatcher Productivity:† A Comparison
of Nest Success Estimation Methods."
the meeting the participants went on an excursion to survey wintering
oystercatchers in the area and Tom resighted four
birds that he banded in NJ last summer. That's the farthest south a NJ breeding
oystercatcher has been resighted so far.....the
banding efforts have been very helpful in understanding the migratory patterns
of these birds.
Aronson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Steven Handel lab,
reports a publication:
M. F. J., S. N. Handel, and S. E. Clemants. 2006. Fruit type, life
form and origin determine the success of woody plant invaders in an urban
Invasions (in press).
G. 2006. A potential novel source of information for screening and
monitoring the impact of exotic
plants on ecosystems. Biological
John Tedrow, Professor emeritus, presented an invitational
report at the World Congress of Soil Science entitled: Latitudinal Zonation of Polar Soils. The report is scheduled for
publication in Pochvovedenie.
John Tedrow, Professor emeritus, wrote a review of Dr.
Daniel Hillelís latest book (his No. 22) entitled The
Natural History of the Bible. The review is scheduled for publication in Soil Science in January 2007. You may
recall that Dan gave a seminar at Rutgers a few years
ago. Further, he was a graduate student in the Soils Dept during the late
Mikael Forup in
the Handel lab was recently invited to a workshop on environmental improvement
in Shandung Providence, China.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
†Handel and Steven Clemants of CURE are the
restoration ecologists on the team that has won the national competition to
redesign the Great Falls State
Park in Paterson,
NJ. The project will completely re-do
the landscape around the falls and the Passaic
River in Paterson
and add back much natural diversity to the slopes and woodlands around that
reach of the river.
The master plan for the new, 1,450 acre Orange
County Great Park
in California was approved in
Handel leads the natural systems group for the master plan
which includes restoring habitat to about 600 acres. The plan and a short
video of the plan are available online at www.ocgp.org.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Celine Santiago Bass and Jessica Reichmuth, both
doctoral candidates from Judith Weis' lab, participated in a roundtable discussion with representatives from
various federal and state agencies to provide feedback on the Draft Meadowlands
Comprehensive Restoration Implementation Plan (MCRIP).
Joe Paulinís† work on
human-wildlife interactions, specifically deer-human interactions, has been
covered by several newspapers nationwide. The Fort Wayne News Sentinel in Indiana
and the Belleville News-Democrat in Illinois
are two of the more recent. Joe is a Ph.D. candidate working with David
Leibovich, a Ph.D. candidate in Gary Taghonís lab,
was awarded a Carnegie Academy
for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) fellowship for 2007.
A memo from Dean Barbara Bender on behalf of the Tap Project and the Center for
the advancement of Teaching explained the CASTL fellowship as follows: ďRutgers
has been designated a member of the Leadership Program of the Carnegie Academy
for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching. The primary
focus of our efforts for the next three years will be on enhancing graduate
students' pedagogical expertise as they prepare for the professoriate. As part
of the project, (Rutgers) will name four graduate
students as CASTL Fellows for calendar year 2007. These appointments will
involve attending monthly meetings, presenting sessions on pedagogical issues
for other graduate students, and participating, in a leadership capacity, in programs
hosted by the project.Ē The fellowship stipend is to be used for scholarly
expenses. Congratulations Esther!
Emilie Stander, a
Ph.D. candidate in Joan Ehrenfeldís lab,
attended a workshop called "Denitrification Modeling Across Terrestrial,
Freshwater, and Marine Systems" at the Institute
of† Ecosystem Studies Nov.
28-30.† The workshop was the first held
by the newly formed Denitrification Research Coordination Network, organized in
part by Peter Groffman.† Emilie presented a poster titled "The
Effects of Urbanization on Nitrate Retention and Loss in Wetlands."† The workshop was attended by about 35
participants from all over the world.
Quals and Prelims:
Congratulations to the following
on the successful defense of their Preliminary Proposals:
- Alison Seigel,
advisor Julie Lockwood, on December 11, 2006.
Hicks Crane, co-advisors
Tamar Barkay and John
Dighton, on December
Congratulations to Linda Rohleder on the
successful completion of her Qualifying Exam on December, 19, 2006.
Jerald Dosch (Ph.D. 1996, advisor Don Caccamise)
reports from Macalester College in St.
that he and Chris Peterson (Ph.D. 1992, advisor, Steward T.A. Pickett) now at University
have the following publication:
Dosch, J. J., C. J. Peterson, and B. Haines.
2007. Seed rain during initial colonization of abandoned pastures in the premontane wet forest zone of southern Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23:1-9.
Kathy Sedia (Ph.D.
2001, advisor Joan Ehrenfeld) has published
the following paper:
E. and J. G. Ehrenfeld. 2006. Differential effects of lichens and
mosses on soil enzyme activity and litter decomposition. Biology and Fertility of Soils 43:177-189.