Greg Dahle, a graduate
student in Jason Grabosky’s lab, was invited to give a presentation to
the Indiana Arborist Association Annual Conference on Jan 12th. It was
titled "Pruning Affects Tree Structure and Reliability".
Greg Dahlealsodelivered the following
talk "Structural Reliability of Silver Maples Converted from Round-overs to V-trims" at the 40th Penn-Dell I.S.A.
Shade Tree Symposium in LancasterPA on Feb 8th. He also served as member on
"Research Needs in Transmission ROW" on Feb 7th at the same
Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld was a participant in the Opening Forum of
the “Invasive Species and the Public Good” lecture series. The title of
her talk was “Ecological Consequences and Management Innovations”. The Opening
Forum was held at YaleUniversity on Jan.24th.
Dr. Jason Grabosky has been very
busy the past two months giving presentations to the following groups:
On January 4thhe gave a presentation at the North
Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium titled “Transplanting: Why we cannot
get it right.”
January 7th he presented a lecture to the
Rutgers OCPE Urban Forestry course
titled “Uses for trees in the
urban landscape” and on February 4th his lecture to this group was
titled “Establishing trees in parking lots.”
January 19thhis presentation to the New Jersey
Association of Nurserymen and Landscape Architects (NJANLA) Trade Show and
Educational Session was titled “Soils and the proper selection of plant
Dr. Grabosky was also in Florida
in late January talking to Tree Ordinances by Design in Fort
Lauderdale and Orlando.
His presentation to this group was titled “When you absolutely positively
have to save the tree.”
On December 7th
and 8thDavid LaPuma,a student in JulieLockwood’s lab, attended the annual Cape Sable Seaside
Sparrow working group meeting at Everglades National Park where he
presented data from the last three years of their fire study. The title of
the presentation was "The Lopez Fire Study Year 3: Return of the
Sparrow". The meeting was hosted by Everglades Fire Management.
Dr. Richard Lathrop gave a talk, "GIS Profile of the
NJ Highlands", to the Highlands Council on Jan 20th.
Clare Ng, graduate student in Kenneth Able’s lab, gave a lecture at the Tuckerton Seaport regarding
her graduate research project oftracking striped bass in the
Mullica River-Great Bay Estuary and was featured in the Tuckerton Beacon
on Thursday Jan 20, and in the Asbury Park Press'sCommunity Section on Wednesday Jan 26.
We got full photo coverage! Links here:
Dana Price, a PhD candidate in Michael May’s lab, gave a
seminar at the AmericanMuseum
of Natural History (New York)
on February 15th.The title was
"Recyclers of the Earth: Dung Beetles of Central New Jersey".
Dr. Lena Struwe was a coauthor of two recent
F. A., J. R. Pirani, W. Peters, & L. Struwe. 2005. Prepusa and Senaea
endangered and endemic genera from Brazil
flowers. IBC 2005, Vienna, Austria,
M., W. Peters, A. M. Pohlit, & L. Struwe. 2005. Systematics of
speciation patterns in South America using GIS and
data from morphology and DNA.New
York Area Plant Molecular
Biology Meeting, BrooklynCollege, 15 Jan, 2005.
The following presentations were
given at 2005 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology; San
Diego (Jan 4-8) by Robert Cox and his advisor Dr.
Henry John Alder:
Carsia, R.V., R.M. Cox, P.J. McIlroy, and H.B. John-Alder. (2005) Ovarian
influence on adrenocortical cell function in Sceloporusvirgatus(Striped Plateau Lizard).
R.M., and H.B. John-Alder. (2005) Does female
reproductive investment constrain growth and
promote male-larger sexual size dimorphism in Yarrow's Spiny Lizard, Sceloporusjarrovii?
R.M., S.L. Skelly, A. Leo, and H.B.
John-Alder. (2005) Testosterone regulates sexually dimorphic
coloration in the Eastern Fence Lizard, Sceloporus
H.B., and R.M. Cox. (2005) Growth effects of testosterone and
castration in lizards (Sceloporusspp.) with female- vs. male-larger sexual size
Drake, D., Paulin,
J. B., Curtis, P. D., Decker, D. J. and G. J. San Julian.2005.“Assessment of economic impacts from deer in the northeaster UnitedStates.”Journal of Extension Vol. 43 (1).
Ekaterina (Kathy) Sediaand Joan Ehrenfeld"Differential effects of lichens,
mosses and grasses on respiration and nitrogen mineralization in soils of
Jersey Pinelands" accepted for publication in Oecologia.
W.S., S.L. Galbraith, and M.E.
Held. 2004. Natural terrestrial vegetation of Boone
classification, ordination, and description. J. Ky.
Acad. Sci. 65(2): 132-139.
Lockwood, J.L. 2004. How do biological invasions alter
diversity patterns? A biogeographical
perspective. Pages 297-310 In: Frontiers in Biogeography,
edited by M. Lomolino and L. Heaney. Sinauer Press.
Lockwood, J.L. and D. La Puma. 2004. Fire effects on Cape Sable seaside sparrow demography: 2004 final
report. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Vero Beach, Florida.
Tedrow, J.C.F. 2004. Polar soils in Encyclopedia of soils in the
Environment. D. Hillel et al. (eds). Academic Press-London. pp.
·Dr. Jason Graboskyreceivedan additional$65,000 from the USDA Dept.of Forestry Urban
and Community Forestry Focus Funding program for continued development of a
free access website on Northen/Southern tree
selection. Dr. Grabosky has previously received
$97,000 for this purpose.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Lockwood, and two of her graduate students, David LaPumaand BenBaiser, attended a working group meeting on
managing fire within EvergladesNational
Park to benefit the recovery of the Cape Sable
seaside sparrow.The meeting was
City, Florida from December .
Dr. Julie Lockwood
attended an NCEAS working group meeting in Santa
Barbara from Jan. 16th to 20th. The working
group is called, "Exotic species - insights into understanding ecology,
evolution and biogeography" convened by Dov Sax, Jay Stachowicz and
Dr. Steven Handel was featured on
the Swedish television show “Brain Office”. A crew was sent to Manhattan
to interview Dr. Handel. Filmed in Central Park,
the documentary was concerned with urban ecology.
Dr. Colleen Hatfield reports that United States Regional
Association of the International Association of Landscape Ecology and landscape
ecologists who work across a range of topics have provided us with their
take on the question, What is Landscape Ecology? The answers are varied
and illuminating of the richness of the field and the creative minds
working in it. We encourage you to see for yourself and to read Colleen’s
answers to that question at:
Dr. Lena Struwe
received a $5000 planning grant from the New World Consortium for the
proposal titled: " Assessing plant patterns
of genetic diversity in Brazil
using GIS and molecular systematics",
together with Dr. Jose Pirani at University
of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The grant will pay for a trip to collaborators in Brazil,
and provide funding for preliminary data gathering for an upcoming NSF
Dr. Lena Struwe is
bringing 3 graduate students and 4 undergraduate students to the NEEC
meetings at PennState,
March 18-20, 2005.
All students will give oral presentations on their research. Kate Lepis and Angela Gorczyca
will give talks on Chelonanthus, a
taxonomically messy plant genus in South America.
Matt Kinkade, who is doing his George H. Cook
thesis on another gentian genus, will present a talk on the phylogeny of Tachia, an anti-malarial plant group
in tropical Latin America. Phillip Miarmi and Wendy Peters have also been working with Tachia and will present their findings of
species distribution correlations with environment using GIS and the
development of a trilingual Field Guide to all Tachia.
Cindy Frasier is continuing her work in exploring pantropicalbiogegography and large-scale evolution in the
toxic plant genus Strychnos (Loganiaceae). Finally, Jean Molina will present some of her preliminary research
results on the pollination biology of the genus Leea
in the Philippines.
Wendy, Phillip, Matt, and Angela are undergraduates whose work
has been supported by an REU supplement by NSF.
On Dec 8, Dr.Lena Struwe
organized a special invited seminar and workshop on the Convention of
Biological Diversity, with invited speaker Len Hirsch from
the Smithsonian, Washington, DC.
This was arranged as part of a training course for the ICBG Central
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Tavis Anderson, a graduate student in Michael Sukhdeo’s lab,is a member ofthe organizing committee for DES 2005
(Disease Ecology Symposium 2005).The meeting is being held April 21-22 at PrincetonUniversity and information can be found at
Karen Mabb, a graduate student in Julie
Lockwood’s lab, was interviewed intheJan 31, 2005
San Francisco Examiner for an article on parrots. To view the article go
Shannon Galbraith-Kent’s art show,
"Musical Notes", was displayed at the ArtGallery in the BuschCampusCenter
from January 17-28. The show featured black & white photographs
of street musicians and landscapes. Shannon is a
graduate student in Steven Handel’s lab.
Dr. Ganesan Balachander, Ph.D. 1995,
has received the Graduate School-New Brunswick Early Career Accomplishment
Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding
accomplishments within ten years of receiving your Ph.D. Balachander, whose advisor was Dr. David
Ehrenfeld, was Project Coordinator for the BR Hills project in India,
Regional Director and then Director of the Biodiversity Conservation
Network (BCN), Consultant to the Foundation for the Revitalization of
Local Health Traditions in Bangalore, a Deputy Director and Chief
Financial Officer for Compatible Ventures Group, a division of the Nature
Conservancy, Director of the Asian Programs for the Mountain Institute and
is currently Representative and Head of the South Asia Programs for the
Ford Foundation, based in New Delhi.
Balachander will receive his award at a recognition dinner
to be held at the ZimmerliArt Museum on March 4th.
Please join us in congratulating him!