Congrats to Rafael Valentin for winning the best presentation in invasion ecology for his talk at ESA 2017! Rafael's talk was titled "Utility of eDNA as a surveillance framework in terrestrial systems." The award comes with a $250 prize as well as recognition at next year's ESA invasion ecology mixer. Great work, Rafael!
Jennifer Blake-Mahmud won the Best Oral Paper in the Physiology Section at the Botany 2017 conference
This year, at Botany 2017, Ecology and Evolution PhD candidate, Jennifer Blake-Mahmud, gave a talk titled "Sugars, stress, and sex-change: environmental sex determination in striped maple" from her work in Dr. Lena Struwe's lab.
The presentation described her work in New Jersey forests focusing on sexual plasticity in maple trees. Sexual plasticity is a rare in flowering plants, but her study species, the striped maple (pictured below) is one of these rare species. Jennifer's work has discovered that the most severely damaged trees tend to switch to female sex expression, and female trees tend to experience increased mortality.
Additional details on Jennifer's work can be found here.
Ecology and Evolution Masters student Sarah Borsetti recently participated in a
international workshop focusing on “Whelk (Buccinum undatum) Ageing: Instruction and Practice of Ageing Whelks by Statoliths”, organized by Department of Fisheries and
Oceans, St. John’s, NL, Canada. This workshop was instructed by Professor Christopher
Richardson and Dr. Philip Hollyman of Bangor University, both leading experts in
innovative whelk aging techniques. This workshop provided fisheries scientists and
students with hands-on learning experience ageing whelk from their statoliths. These
statoliths are microscopic calcium carbonate structures that have annual growth rings.
This new ageing technique can be used as reliable tool for fisheries scientists to assess
population age structure and can be incorporated into stock assessments of this species to allow better management and sustainability of whelk fisheries.
This workshop featured a series of talks and discussions about whelk population status
around the world and a comparison of different ageing techniques and validations. Sarah presented her masters work on whelk in the Mid-Atlantic waters of the United States.
Mike was awarded $14,963 over two years for his proposal titled "Breeding for thermal tolerance in farmed Atlantic surfclams (Spisula solidissima)".
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE SARE) "is a regional program of the nationwide SARE effort; SARE is part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA." (http://www.nesare.org/About-Us/About-Northeast-SARE).
Visit Mike's webpage here: http://hsrl.rutgers.edu/people/students/macquafredda.htm
Congratulations to LaShanda Williams who was featured and on the cover of Explore Magazine by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Her my dissertation research is discussed in the article.
Check it out here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1a8J5hi6HJDS0RkeDRiclFHRG8/view?usp=sharing
Congratulations to Dan Clark who received the Center for Resilient Landscapes Fellowship for the summer. He will be working with Michelle Kondo from the USFS on a project about park usage.
Congratulations to Lauren Frazee who received this year’s Buell Award! This award consists of a scholarship for Lauren and a scholarship for an undergraduate to work with her during the upcoming academic year.
Congratulations to Rachel Paseka on her recent publication in Freshwater Science titled: Low parasite biomass in oligotrophic streams differs from previous estimates in aquatic ecosystems.
Check it out here: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/691471
Join us tomorrow at the Rutgers Ecological Preserve for our annual Run for the Woods. It's a super fun 5K trail run that starts at 9am.
More details from Joni Baumgarten below:
Come enjoy the spring flowers on this single-loop trail through the woods! Proceeds benefit restoration within the preserve as well as EcoGSA.
We have two pairs of sneakers from RoadRunner Sports for the top male and female runner, and native plants from the Pinelands Nursery for age group prizes. Delicious post-run bagels are donated by Bagel Bros.
Advanced registration is $25, day of registration is $30. Packet pick-up will be held at Road Runner Sports in North Brunswick on Friday May 12th from 5-7pm, and runners get an additional 10% off any purchases. Race materials can also be picked up the morning of the race starting at 8:00 am.
We seek to further the social, cultural, academic and research interests of the students in the graduate program in Ecology and Evolution and act as an link between the graduate students and the faculty.