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City Bees: graduate student Tina Harrison publishes paper in Functional Ecology

image of Tina HarrisonIn a paper titled "Urban Drivers of Plant-Pollinator Interactions", graduate student Tina Harrison reviewed urban drivers of plant-pollinator interactions for the July, 2015 issue of Functional Ecology, a special issue on urban ecology. Co-authored by advisor Dr. Rachael Winfree, this contribution is particularly apropos because Tina is a Fellow on the Department's GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, US Dept Education) project, titled "Ecology and Evolution in Urban Environments". Harrison and Winfree present urbanization as a "unique and productive study system" for investigating effects of global change on pollinator ecology. Read more

Breeding Like Rabbits Doesn't Work for Fish

image of Malin PinskiA new paper by Malin Pinsky and David Byler (Princeton University) out in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals a counter-intuitive pattern: ocean species that grow quickly and reproduce frequently (think sardines, anchovies and flounder) are more likely to experience dramatic plunges in population than larger, slower growing fish such as sharks or tuna. Why is this counterintuitive? Because for life on land, the situation is in nearly the opposite. Rabbits, for example, are doing pretty well compared to rhinos. News stories Rutgers Today, BBC News, International Business Times, ClimateWire Read more

Chelcey Nordstrom (EENR '15) Wins Undergraduate Presentation Award at NAFEA

image of Chelcey NordstromRecent graduate Chelcey Nordstrom (EENR '15) is no stranger to awards, having won the 1st place STEM Award from Meade Senior High School in Anne Arundel County, the Roger Locandro Award from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources for the Outstanding Student in Natural Resources, and most recently, the Undergraduate Presentation Award from the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA). Chelcey traveled to Missoula, MT to present her George H. Cook honors thesis, titled "Insect Colonization and Decomposition of Pig Carcasses in Varying Sunlight", at the annual meeting of NAFEA, which met jointly with the Society for Wildlife and Forensic Sciences. Upon returning, Chelcey resumed her studies with Dr. Brooke Maslo on the effects of commercial oyster aquaculture on the foraging behavior of federally threatened red knots during their migratory stopover in Delaware Bay.