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to the following new graduate students, research associates and
The fall 2005
semester brings us
eighteen new graduate students. They come from diverse backgrounds and
doing their graduate work in many different areas.
received his B.S. in Biology from Duke
University. Wes is working
his Ph.D. with Rebecca Jordan
Sean Boyd received
his B.S. in Aquaculture from Nova Scotia
Sean has been employed at the Haskins Shellfish Labs most recently. David Bushek
is advising Sean as he works towards his Master’s degree.
Ryan Burrows received
his B.A. from Drew University
in Biology. Ryan, a Ph.D. student, is advised by Rebecca
has her B.S. in Biology from Montclair
Aspa, who has been working towards her Master’s with Tamar
Barkay will continue to
work with Tamar
towards her Ph.D.
Glen Davis has a B.S.
in Biology from Muhlenberg College.
He will be working towards his Master’s degree with Claus
Esteves is a Rutgers undergraduate with
a B.S. in EPIB (Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior). She
Master’s student with George Morren.
Feinberg, a Ph.D. student in Joanna Burger’s
lab, received his B.A. in Biology from SUNY Center Albany and his
Alex Felson has a B.A. in Botany from the
University of Wisconsin,
Madison, a M.A. in
Architecture from Harvard University
and a M.S. from the University
Madison in Land Resources.
working towards his Ph.D. with Steward Pickett.
Zac Freedman received
his B.S. in Biology from Fairfield
He is a Ph.D. student with Tamar Barkay.
David Mellor is a Rebecca
Jordan Ph.D. student. He received his B.S. in Biology
College of William and Mary.
Palta received her B.A. in Biology from Grinnell
College and her M.S. in
from the University of Georgia,
Ehrenfeld is advising Monica as she works on her Ph.D.
Ileana Perez, a Ph.D.
student working with Costantino Vetriani,
has a B.S. in Biology from the University
of Puerto Rico.
Paul Reiss will be
working in Brazil
on his Ph.D. with Ken Able. Paul has a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn
Rodman received his B.A. from New York
Ecology. He is joining the Tamar Barkay
a Ph.D. student.
Rossiter joins the Michael Sukhdeo
lab as a Ph.D. student with a B.S. in Life Science from Otterbein
College and a M.S. in
Zoology from Ohio State
John Ruppert is a Rutgers
undergraduate with a B.S. in AgBiotechnology.
He is a
Ph.D. student advised by John Dighton.
Sanders received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from
Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey. Jess is working on her
Taylor has her B.A. in Marine Biology from Long
Southampton. Jackie is working with David
Bushek towards her Ph.D.
We are also welcoming
Research Associates and Post-docs to the department this fall:
Phillip Cassey, a Post-doctoral Fellow with Julie
Lockwood, received his Ph.D. from Griffith
Shaokui Ge is a Research Associate with Ming Xu
and Rick Lathrop. Dr. Ge received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the Chinese
Academy of Sciences in Beijing,
PR of China.
Gonzales is a Post-doctoral Fellow working in the Peter
Smouse lab. Eva received her Ph.D. in Plant Biology
from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Zewei Miao
is a Research Associate with Rick Lathrop and Ming Xu.
He received his Ph.D. at
the Agroecological Institute, Zhejiang University,
PR of China.
Society of America;
August 7 to 14th.
This meeting was held jointly with the IX International Congress of Ecology.
- Anderson, Tavis K. and
Michael V.K. Sukhdeo.
“West Nile Virus:
habitat-based spatial heterogeneity.”
- Aronson, Myla F.J. and
Steven N. Handel.
future of a suburban old growth forest: Vegetation change
and exotic species invasions
over 50 years.”
- Forup, Mikael L and Steven N. Handel.
in pollinator service to restored experimental wildflower patches
- Galbraith-Kent, Shannon L.
and Grant Kolmer.
“Schoolyard restoration at a middle school in
suburban New Jersey:
NSF GK-12 program
enhances hands-on ecological education.”
"Effects of habitat
loss at a migratory stopover: A
study of migratory raptors at the Cape May, NJ
- Hernandez, Daniel and David Drake
dynamics of migratory waders relative to prey density.”
- Jordan, Rebecca, David Howe and Jeffrey Rousch.
ecological understanding: An evaluation of student perception and a
- Krumins, Jennifer A., Zachary T. Long,
Christopher F. Steiner and Peter
indirect effects of food web diversity on bacterially mediated
- Landesman, William J.,
Brian F. Allan, Tiffany M. Knight and Jonathan M. Chase. “Inter-annual
associations between precipitation and human incidence of West Nile
Virus in the United States.”
- Lathrop, Richard G.,
and Sangbum Lee.
“Remotely Sensing Analysis of Urban Land Cover Components at
- Lettini, Stacey E. and
Michael V.K. Sukhdeo.
ecological strategy to increase transmission success in
- Long, Amy E., Steven N.
Handel and George Robinson.
“Survivorship in restored woodland clusters on Fresh Kills
years after planting.”
- Palmer, Matthew I. and
Joan G. Ehrenfeld
“The effects of microtopography
on the soil
environment and plant performance in a New Jersey Pinelands fen.”
- Paulin, J. B., Drake, D.,
Ehrenfeld, D., Carr, P. C. and K. Burguess.
“Bears in the backyard: People politics
- Stander, Emilie K. and
Joan G. Ehrenfeld.
“The Effects of Urbanization on Nitrate Removal Capacity of
- Steiner, Christopher F., Zachary T.
Long, Jennifer A. Krumins and Peter J. Morin
and community stability in aquatic food webs: partitioning the effects
diversity, species composition and enrichment.”
- Weis, Judith S., Peddrick
Weis, James Macdonald, Jessica Reichmuth
and Celine S. Bass.
predator/prey interactions mediate ecological effects in contaminated
Barbara, CA ; August 23 – 27th
LaPuma, a graduate student in Julie
Lockwood’s lab, will be presenting a paper titled "Fire
Effects on the endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis)".
- Karen T. Mabb, a Ph.D.
candidate in Julie Lockwood’s lab,
and Kimball L. Garrett will present a paper titled “Yellow-chevroned Parakeet range expansion in southern California
- a spatial spread model.”
attended and presentations given:
Gallagher, a PhD candidate in Dr. Jason
Grabosky's Urban Forestry Lab, gave two presentations at
the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire's Forest
regional workshop. The first titled "A Sense of Place in an Urban
Context", focused on making connections to the land through urban
forestry. The second presentation focused on current ecological
restoration initiatives at Liberty
State Park. The meeting
was attended by foresters and educators from the New England
- Paulin, J. B., Drake, D.,
Ehrenfeld, D., Carr, P. C. and K. Burguess.
2005. “Understanding the factors that lead to support for or
against wildlife management techniques for black bear, white-tailed
deer, and Canada
geese in New Jersey.”
1st Annual Berryman Institute Symposium. Utah
August 8-12, 2005
- Smouse PE,
Hamrick JL, Trapnell DW, Hamrick K, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ,
Gonzales E (2005) Full-sib analysis of
pollen flow and pollen structure in Guanacaste
(Enterolobium cyclocarpum) in the Costa Rican dry tropical
forest. Prog. 50th Meet. Western Forest Genet. Assoc. http://www.fsl.orst.edu/wfga/WFGA2005Abstracts.pdf
- Sork VL, Grivet D, Smouse PE.
2005. Gene flow in California
valley oak varies both spatially and temporally. In: Proc. XVII Internat.
- Calió, F.
A., J. R. Pirani, W. Peters, & L. Struwe. 2005. Prepusa
endangered and endemic genera from Brazil
with six-merous flowers. IBC 2005, Vienna,
- Lepis, K.
B., A. Gorczyca, & L.
Struwe. 2005. Common weeds to rare
distribution patterns of Chelonanthus
within South America. IBC 2005, Vienna,
- Struwe, L. 2005.
Gentians were not always blue - the why, when, and where of gentian
evolution. IBC 2005, Vienna, Austria,
17-23 July 2005. [keynote address]
- Lena Struwe attended the International Botanical Congress 2005 in Vienna,
July, where she organized a symposium on the evolution of gentians. She also presented a keynote address on the
David. 2005. Unethical contexts for ethical questions. In: Expanding Horizons in Bioethics, A. W. Galston and C.Z. Peppard,
David. 2005. Sustainability: living with the imperfections. Conservation Biology 19(1): 33-35.
David. 2005. The environmental limits of globalization. Conservation
Biology 19(2): 318-326.
David. 2005. Recalculating future oil reserves. Science 309: 54-55.
David. 2005. Energy policy: the end is nigh. American
Scientist 93: 469-470.
- Grivet D, Smouse PE
and Sork VL (2005) A new approach to the
study of seed dispersal: a novel approach to an old problem. Molecular Ecology. (in press)
E, and Hamrick JL (2005)
Distribution of genetic diversity among disjunct
populations of the rare forest understory
herb, Trillium reliquum. Heredity(online publication, 10 August 2005; doi:
- Hamrick JL, Godt MJ, Gonzales E (2005)
Conservation of genetic diversity in old-growth forest communities. Appl.Veg.Sci.(in
- Struwe, L., M. P. Kinkade,
& P,. J. M. Maas. Two new Brazilian
species of Tachia (Gentianaceae: Helieae).
(accepted for publication)
trilingual field guide to the anti-malarial plant genus Tachia in South
America was published in May by Lena
and Adrian M. Pohlit (INPA, Manaus, Brazil).
This beautiful guide was largely designed by undergraduate student
Peters. It is available as a downloadable pdf
English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with translations by Rocio
Cortes (Universidad Federal, Bogota,
Maria Fernanda Calió
(Universidad Sao Paulo,
Grants, Achievements and
Jordan, Joan Ehrenfeld and Edwin McGowan
were awarded a USDA grant as part of the NRICGP in the amount of
$462,606. Title: Weedy Plant Invasions on Public Conservation
Lands: Using Citizen Scientists to Answer Ecological Questions.”
Lockwood and Rebecca
Jordan received a Research Council Grant for $1750
to fund a pilot project titled: “Behavior of invasive cichlids may harm
- Sork VL
NSF Collaborative Research: Seed-Flow in Valley Oak – New Approaches to
an Old Problem, $684,000 (2005-2008)
Associates and Postdoctoral News:
Eva Gonzales (2005) received the Duncan Award, the top honor
the Plant Biology Department, University
of Georgia, to the graduate
who most excels in at least two of three areas:
teaching, research, and service.
has been asked to serve on the Independent Scientific Advisory Board,
Power and Conservation Council (2005-08).
Peter Morin will be
serving on the NSF Ecology Panel this fall.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
Han Han, a graduate student in Ming Xu’s
lab, spent time in Yunnan, China
this summer doing volunteer work in the NGO (Center
and Indigenous Knowledge, Yunnan,
conducted a questionnaire and interview survey in a tourism site in
The NGO is interested in understanding the needs and expectations of
both tourists and service providers, and discussing possible
carry out real ecotourism in China.
Molina, a Lena Struwe
graduate student, received a travel award from the
Smithsonian to aid in her research in evolution and pollination biology
grape relative Leea
in the Philippines. She has done fieldwork in the Philippines
during June, July, and August this summer.
Joe Paulin, a David
student, has been busy in the New Jersey
community. He worked at a table display at the Morris
County 4-H Fair educating
and adults about New Jersey’s
black bears. Joe also taught kids ranging from 2-13 years of age at a
summer camp about wildlife conservation and human-wildlife interactions
- Robert Cox, advisor Henry
John-Alder, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis
titled “Integrating proximate and ultimate causes of sexual size
dimorphism in lizards” on August
- Robert Hamilton, advisor
Joan Ehrenfeld, successfully
defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Assessing ecological integrity of
streams in forested wetlands in urbanized sites in northeastern New
Jersey.” On August 15, 2005. Rob
has accepted a tenure-track position at Kent
- Matthew Palmer, advisor Joan
Ehrenfeld, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis
titled “Plant community structure in fens of the New Jersey Pinelands”
on July 27, 2005.
Matt has accepted a lectureship at Columbia
Ann Wilson, advisor John Dighton,
successfully defended her Master’s thesis titled “Community effects of
bacteria and ectomycorrhizae associated with Pinus alba” on August 2, 2005.
Cristina Frank, advisor Joanna Burger, has
accepted the Important Bird and Birding Areas Coordinator position with
Audubon Society. Cristina will be based
of the Society's Center for Research and Education in Dennisville, NJ. The Important Bird and Birding Area (IBBA)
Coordinator oversees the second and final phase of the New Jersey
Bird and Birding Areas Program, a program designed to identify and
essential avian habitat in New Jersey and focus on conserving those
areas. This will include completion of the
site nomination process and initiation of site-based implementation at