Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Natural Resources
Faculty and Student Newsletter
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Dr. Jason Grabosky was
busy again this month.
- On May
10th he spoke at the USDA Forest Service Northeast Regional Meeting for
the Urban and Community Forestry Group. His presentation was titled
"Update on the Northern Trees Selection Web."
- On April
26th he gave a presentation titled "Best management practices for
trees" to the Bergen County Parks Department in their Park Management
Dr. Steven Handel gave a lecture
"The potential to restore native habitats on the NYC Waterfront" to a
meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Citizen's Advisory Committee, in Brooklyn. This group is designing, with help from The
Center for Urban and Restoration Ecology (CURE), a 80-acre public park below Brooklyn
Heights on abandoned industrial port
Krumins, a Ph.D. candidate in Peter Morin’s lab, was involved
in two workshops this month:
At NCEAS (National
Center for Ecological Assessment
and Synthesis) she participated in the Microbial Biodiversity working group from
April 29-May 2 in Santa Barbara, CA.
22, 2005 Jennifer also participated in the CHASER panel workshop at the Graduate School-NB with a
presentation titled "Start Early on Your Marketing."
Dr. Peter Morin was an invited
participant at the 2005 Cary Conference (May 3-5, Institute of Ecosystem
Studies, Millbrook, NY)
titled Infectious Disease Ecology: Effects of Disease on Ecosystems and of
Ecosystems on Disease.
Dr. Harry Power was one of eight people
asked to speak at a surprise symposium organized to honor Dr. Eugene S. Morton
on his retirement from The Smithsonian. Dr. Power spoke on his work on
beneficial sexually transmitted microbes in birds. The symposium was held at the
joint meeting of the American Field Ornithologists and Wilson Ornithological
Society April 23rd in Beltsville,
Dr. Lena Struwe gave two
presentations while in Brazil:
- “Understanding Neotropical
biogeography using evolutionary studies and GIS - an example using the
plant family Gentianaceae”, at the
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14 April 2005 and at
- Jardin Botanico Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, 20 April 2005.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld will be serving as an External
Examiner for the Swarthmore College Honors Examinations. For these exams,
the student answers a 3-hour written exam, and then has an oral exam on the
subject (Biodiversity and Ecosystems).
Dr. Jason Grabosky was
installed as a trustee of the New Jersey Arborist Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture in April
Dr. Lena Struwe
supervised the George H. Cook student, Matthew Kinkade, who successfully
defended his honors thesis, "REVISION AND SYSTEMATICS OF TACHIA (GENTIANACEAE)."
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Michael Allen, B.S., 2005, has been awarded the Teuvo Airola Memorial Award For Excellence
in Environmental Geomatics. The award is
given out annually to an undergraduate student in the Environmental Geomatics
certificate program or the Environmental Geomatics option in the Environmental
Planning & Design major who has demonstrated high achievement and special
promise. Mike has been assisting on several Center for
Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis projects over the past year. Over the
summer, he will be working on a project with the Nature Conservancy examining
the fire history and vegetation community dynamics of their Oswego River
Preserve in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
This fall, Mike will be entering a Master's degree
in Wildlife Management at East Stroudsburg
Robert Cox, a
Ph.D. candidate in the Henry John-Alder lab, was
featured in the Winter 2005 issue of CROSSECTION:
The Magazine of Research Across the Disciplines at the Graduate School – New
Brunswick. Bob did the cover art work and his research
was the lead article.
Ph.D. candidate in the Steven Handel lab, created a butterfly habitat
in the courtyard at South Plainfield Middle
School. The habitat (7m x 7m) was devised
by Shannon as a part of the National Science
Foundation’s GK-12 program, in which she is a Teaching Fellow this year. The
students hope to continue the care and study of it next year through an
after-school environmental club. Four classes of students
planted almost 300 native plants representing eight species (e.g.,
Asclepias sp., Aster novae-angliae, Rudbeckia hirta).
Amy Karpati, advisor
Steven Handel, Dr. Rebecca Jordan, and David Howe, lecturer,
helped on Planting Day (May 9th). For more information and pictures see:
a graduate student in Ken Able’s lab, was selected for the National Fish &
Wildlife Foundation's 2005 Budweiser Conservation Scholarship. The award amount is $10,000 and the award
term is for one year, 6/1/05
- 5/31/06. Matt’s research proposal is titled” Evaluating fish response to Phragmites removal and Spartina restoration: A novel approach
using underwater video technology.”
Kristen Ross, advisor Joan
Ehrenfeld, successfully completed her Prelims on May 11, 2005.
Jonathon Schramm, advisor Joan
successfully completed his Qualifying Exam on May 12, 2005.
Lauren Spearman, adviser Michael May,
has received a Fulbright IIE Fellowship for Graduate Work. Lauren will be doing
research on mantids in South Africa.
Johanna Choo, advisor Edmund Stiles, successfully defended her
Ph.D. thesis titled “The Avifuana And Wild Fruits Of Two Equatorial Rainforest Sites: An
Inter-Tropical Comparison” on April
Matt Palmer, advisor Joan Ehrenfeld,
has accepted a position as Lecturer in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental
Biology at Columbia University.
Matt will be defending his thesis this summer.
Laura Robinson, advisor John Quinlan, successfully completed her
Master’s degree on May 2, 2005.