Mike and colleagues led the revision for the Acadian Flycatcher species account for Cornell's Birds of North America. Check out the updated species description, range maps and life history traits here: https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.acafly.02 . Congrats, Mike!
EcoGSA graduate student Sarah Borsetti recently published an article on Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum) populations in the mid-atlantic. The article is open access, so click here to read Sarah et al.'s publication!
Mike and Sarah each won awards at this year's American Fisheries Society mid-atlantic chapter meeting. Mike received the award for best oral presentation and Sarah won for best poster. Way to go!
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
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