Department of Ecology, Evolution and
Faculty and Student Professional Update
and Michael Sukhdeopresented a paper titled
“Ecology of West Nile virus: a habitat-based approach to quantifying risk
and transmission.” at The American Society of Parasitologists. Philadelphia,
PA in August 2004.
Dahle, a graduate
student in Dr. Jason Grabosky’s lab, will be presenting a paper on Sept
16th at the 8th International Environmental Concerns in Rights-Of-Way
Management Symposium. The paper is titled “Implications of Branch Strength
Loss in Silver Maple Trees Converted from Round-Over to V-Trims During Electrical Line Clearance Operations.” The paper
will be published in the symposium’s proceedings.
Ehrenfeld presented an invited
talk at the Symposium on Biotechnology and Biodiversity: Understanding the
Potential Conservation Risks and Benefits of Genetic Engineering, at the
annual meeting of The Society for Conservation Biology, in New York, July 2004.
Ehrenfeld gave a welcoming
address at the Beijing International Symposium on Biological Invasions, Beijing, China, and June 2004.
Krumins,** C.F.Steiner, Zachary T. Long,***
Peter J. Morin presented a
poster titled “Linking Ecosystem Biodiversity and Bacterial
Decomposition.” at the 10th International Symposium for
Microbial Ecology, Cancun, Mexico, August 2004.
Krumins and Lin Jiang presented a poster titled “The effects of keystone
predation and productivity in a model system.” at the Ecological Society
of America annual meeting, PortlandOR, August 2004.
Hernandez**** and Michael Sukhdeopresented
a paper titled “Parasite alteration of biomass and ecosystem
function of hosts.” The American Society of Parasitologists. Philadelphia,
PA in August 2004.
Daniel Hernandez, a PhD candidate in Dr. David
Drake’s lab, presented a poster entitled "Foraging Dynamics of
Migratory Waders Relative To Prey Density."
at the Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting in New
York City this August.
Stacey Lettini***** and Michael Sukhdeopresented a paper titled “Repeated Dessiccation Survival by Infective Stages of
Gastrointestinal Nematodes.”at the 79th meeting of The American Society of
Parasitologists. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.July 2004.
Lockwood presented “Biotic
homogenization and the breakdown of biogeographic barriers.” Invited
Symposium Participant, Symposium title: Insights from Exotic Species.
Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August, Portland, Oregon.
Lockwood presented “Smoke
on the water: the interplay of hydrology and fire and its effect on Everglades biodiversity,” National
Science Foundation Long-term Ecological Research Coordinating Committee
Workshop, August 2004. Fairbanks, Alaska.
Kristi MacDonald, a
PhD candidate in Dr. David Ehrenfeld’s lab, presented a poster titled “The
role of forest proximity and land use in maintaining richness and
abundance of songbirds in an urban watershed.” 18th Annual Meeting Society
for Conservation Biology, July 30-August 2, 2004, New York, NY. 2004.
a PhD candidate in Joan Ehrenfeld’s lab, gave an oral presentation at the
Society of Wetland Scientists July meeting in Seattle entitled "Do
Urban Wetlands Leak Nitrogen?Assessing the Utility of the HGM Functional Assessment Model in the
LenaStruweK. Lepis, M. F. Calió, W. Peters, M.
Kinkade, A. M. Pohlit, & J. Pirani.presented
a paper titled “Exploring evolutionary patterns in Brazilian plant biodiversity
using GIS and molecular systematics.” At theNorth-South Americas Molecular Biology Conference. 8-10 Sep
2004, OhioStateUniversity, Columbus, OH.
*Tavis Anderson is a graduate student in Michael Sukhdeo’s lab.
** Jennifer Adams Kruminsis a graduate
student in Peter Morin’s lab.
*** Zachary Long is a PhD candidate in Peter Morin’s lab.
****Alexander Hernandez is a PhD candidate in Michael Sukhdeo’s lab.
*****Stacey Lettini is a
graduate student in Michael Sukhdeo’s lab.
Gilman E F and J. Grabosky.2004."Mulch and
planting depth affect live oak
virginiana Mill.) establishment."Journal of Arboriculture30(5):311-317.
Losey. 2004. “Ultraviolet reflectivity in three species of Lake
Malawi rock-dwelling cichlids.”Journal of Fish Biology
Kimball ME, *
Miller JM, Whitfield PE, Hare J.A. “Thermal tolerance and potential
distribution of the invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles complex)
on the east coast of the United States.”Marine Ecology Progress Series (In Press).
Pejchar, L, K. Holl and J. Lockwood.
“Home range size varies with habitat type in a Hawaiian Honeycreeper:
implications for native Acacia koa forestry.” Ecological
Applications. (In Press)
Cassey, P., T.M. Blackburn, R.P. Duncan,
and J.L. Lockwood. “Lessons from the establishment of exotic
species: a meta-analytical case study using birds.” Journal of
Animal Ecology. (In Press).
MacDonald, K.,** and T. K.
Rudel, “Sprawl and forest cover: what is the relationship?”Applied Geography. (In Press.)
& V. A. Albert. 2004. “Monograph of neotropical Potalia
Mansion, G. & L. Struwe. 2004. “Generic delimitation
within the subtribe Chironiinae (Chironieae: Gentianaceae)
reference to Centaurium: evidence from nrDNA and cpDNA
sequences.”Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32:
Tedrow, J.C.F.***, 2004,
Soil research in Arctic Alaska, Greenland
and Antarctica. inCryosols,
Kimble, ed. pp5-16, Springer-Verlag. Berlin.
Tedrow, J.C.F.***, 2004,
Polar desert soils in perspective. Eurasian Soil Science (Pochvovednie)
37:443-450 (in English).
*Matthew Kimball is a graduate student in
Kenneth Able’s lab.
**Kristi MacDonald is a PhD
candidate in David Ehrenfeld’s lab.
Faculty Achievements and Activities:
Joan Ehrenfeld led
a trip to CheesequakeState
Park titled "Conservation in
Suburban/Urban Environments" for the Society for Conservation Biology
at their annual meeting held in New York
and The Rutgers Urban Forestry Program is hosting
a summit for the USDA Urban Community Forestry Focus funding project
creating the Northern: Trees Southern Tree Selection web product.Jason Grabosky is the PI on the multi-
institutional, 21 state NE region collaborative agreement.
was invited to participate in a workshop on Coastal Landscape
held by the HeinzCenter for Science, Economics and the
Environment in WashingtonD.C. on Sept 2 & 3, 2004.
The broadcast of "The Highlands Rediscovered," a new
documentary produced by NJN Television, airs on NJN on Monday, October 11
at .The documentary features interviews with
Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources professors Rick
Lathrop and Ted Stiles, as well as RU-Newark Geology professor Alec
Gates. The documentary also shows present RU E&E grad student Eric
Stiles, and Natural Resource Management students Carl Figuerido and Mike Mills doing field work. for more info:
Julie Lockwood organized and was Co-Chair
with Michael McKinney of a symposium titled “ Slowing
Homogenization: Conserving Native Species in an Age of Urban Sprawl,”
Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting, August. New York, NY.
Adams Krumins, a graduate student in Dr. Peter
Morin’s lab,was awarded one of the eight Governor’s Executive Fellowships from the
Eagleton Institute of Politics. Governor’s Fellows enroll in the Eagleton
Seminar in American Politics in the fall and are placed as an intern a state
executive department or agency in Trenton for the spring semester.
Adams Krumins has had her NASA GSRP Fellowship
renewed for the coming year.
Stander, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Joan
Ehrenfeld’s lab, was awarded an EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship
for the coming year.
Awards, Achievements, and Activities:
David LaPuma, a
graduate student Dr. Julie Lockwood’s lab, has set up the Fall 2004 Radar Migration Website at a new
url: ww.woodcreeper.com.He has
begun the fall nocturnal migration update using NEXRAD Doppler Radar.Local birders use this as a means to
predict the location of concentrations of large numbers of birds.
Amy Long, a graduate student in Dr. Steven
Handel’s lab, was interviewed by the Associated Press regarding deer and
pest damage to native tree species at HutchinsonMemorialForest. These interviews appeared in the New
York Times on Sunday, Sept. 5 and the Home News Tribune on Monday Sept. 6th.
Polly Hicks (advisor
Jean Marie Hartman) defended her Masters thesis on July 28, titled “Seed
dispersal dynamics and vegetation community development in a restored
brackish marsh: implications for restoration and management.” Polly is
currently an Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education Fellow with
NOAA’s RestorationCenter in Silver Springs, Maryland.She will be doing restoration research and working on
community-based restoration projects.
(advisor Peter Smouse) defended her dissertation titled “Geographic
variation in Atlantic white-cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides):
Implications for management, restoration and biogeography” on July
16.Kristin currently is a
post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Lisle Gibbs at OhioStateUniversity in Columbus and the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources. She will be working on the genetics of Canada Geese.
Zachary Long (advisor
Peter Morin) will be moving to a postdoctoral position at the University of North Carolina where he will be working on a project
on marine biodiversity directed by John Bruno and Emmet
Duffy (VIMS). Zac will defend his dissertation on Sept. 20.