Jill Shapiro (EBHS Program advisor) and Matt Palmer (DUS and EB Program advisor) have each had a
successful Major Review by the Promotion and Tenure Committe.
The Executive Vice President's office of Arts and Sciences
has promoted them both to the position of Senior Lecturer.
Please CLICK HERE for an end-of-semester update letter from E3B Chair, Ruth DeFries.
E3B MA Students presented their work on May 7, 2013, CLICK HERE for titles of the talks.
Duncan Menge, E3B faculty member who will join in July 2013, has been honored by the Theoretical Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America with the 2012 prize for an outstanding
theoretical ecology paper, "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Limitation over Long-term
Ecosystem Development in Terrestrial Ecosystems" by Duncan Menge, Lars Hedin,
and Stephen Pacala, published in PLoS One. To quote the award announcement, "...the work is elegant in that it nicely integrates disparate observations
into one cohesive framework." Please see link to paper here and a blog post here.
Ruth DeFries, Chair of E3B, and colleagues, including Maria Uriarte, E3B Professor and DGS, Marcia Macedo, E3B Alum,
have work featured in The Phil Trans B issue on 'Ecology, economy, and management of an agro-industrial
frontier landscape in the southeast Amazon' (April 2013). Please click here AND HERE.
Josh Drew, E3B M.A. Program advisor and lecturer, is co-author on a paper just
published(April 3, 2013) in PLoS ONE. The article, Shark Tooth Weapons from the 19th Century Reflect
Shifting Baselines in Central Pacific Predator Assemblies, here
examines how shark communities changed over time periods that predate the written record in order
to understand the magnitude of ecosystem changes in the Central Pacific. Many news organizations are writing about the work, from the BBC (here) and LA Times(here), to Fox News (here).
Don Melnick, the Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology in E3B
was named one of the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award winners.
A reception was held at Casa Italiana on Feb. 27, 2013.
The awards were established in 2005 by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest (’58 LAW, ’09 HON) .
The honorees are recognized for
outstanding scholarship, teaching and service.
Matt Palmer, E3B Lecturer, and Krista McGuire, Barnard faculty and E3B affiliated faculty, are part of a team that has published a study of green roofs in New York City in PLOSone(March 2013), "Digging the New York City Skyline: Soil Fungal Communities in Green Roofs and City Parks". To read more, please click HERE.
Our Alumni Students in the News:
Kevin Olival, E3B alum, and E3B Affiliate at EcoHealth Alliance is co-author on a new paper in
Emerging Infectious Diseases. click here
This meta-analysis addresses the question of whether or not it's best to target zoonotic
disease surveillance and viral discovery in sick vs. health wildlife. The answer is both,
but surveillance of overtly "healthy" animals is critical for zoonotic pathogen discovery,
especially for bats and rodents.
Also, a couple of months ago, he published in the same journal evidence for Ebola
virus in bats from Bangladesh. Please click here
This work was also highlighted by the NY Times.
Mary Blair, E3B alum, is currently in Vietnam doing fieldwork, and writing a New York Times Scientist at Work Blog
during the trip, click here.
Julia Pilowsky’s (CC '12) senior thesis work on vocal communication in African starlings (mentored by E3B's Dustin Rubenstein) was featured
and published in the April 2013 edition of Animal Behaviour. For a link to the paper click HERE
and for the feature piece (2nd article discussed) click HERE
Alicia Srinavas who received her M.A from the department in 2010
has recently published a short communication based on
research conducted during her time as an E3B Masters student. The work deals with the distribution of certain bird species in the Peruvian Amazon. Click HERE to read the communication.
Interested in where our alumni PhD students are now?