News from the Field
E3B Faculty and students are prominently featured in this Columbia College Today article, linked HERE,
Matthew Fagan, E3B Ph.D. student who defended his dissertation in January,
was named a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. Beginning April 2014, he will
be based at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Congratulations, Matt!
Megan Cattau, E3B Ph.D. student, recently received a grant
from the United Sates-Indonesia Society (USINDO) to support research for the
fire probability modeling chapter of her thesis. In this chapter, she will evaluate
the causes of large-scale, detrimental peatland fires in Indonesia. Megan is
working in Indonesia this year, on her Fulbright.
New E3B Graduate students attended an annual beginning of the year
retreat at Black Rock Forest this Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2013)
Please click for some photos!
HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE
Bene Bachelot, E3B Ph.D. student, just won second prize in an international competition for young modelers
Please see link HERE
Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics, MCED Award 2013 for Innovative
Contributions to Ecological Modelling.
The jury consisting of the book editors, representatives of the
Young Modellers, and the President of the Ecological Society of Germany,
Austria and Switzerland had a hard time evaluating all applications according
to novelty of the approach, contribution to ecology and ecological theory, and
bridging the gap between science and application.
2nd Prize: Benedicte Bachelot, Columbia University, NY, USA
The role of natural enemies in the maintenance of tropical tree species diversity
Brand new E3B Masters student, Allison Roth, has a publication in Animal Behaviour. Please
see the paper Experimental confirmation that avian plumage traits function as multiple status signals in winter contests
Pinki Mondal, E3B Post-doctoral research scientist, recently received a grant (along with Ruth DeFries,
E3B Chair, and Dr. Harini Nagendra) from the Indo-US Science
and Technology Forum to organize an Indo-US bilateral workshop on Adaptation of rural
communities to climate change: Bridging the gap between academia and community workers
and identifying research needs. The conference will be held in India in 2014.
You can get other details here
Matt Fagan and Ruth DeFries are lead authors on a paper in
Environmental Research Letters
Land cover dynamics following a deforestation ban in northern Costa Rica
The work assessed whether deforestation for conversion
to pasture and cropland decreased in the lowlands of northern Costa Rica following the 1996
ban on forest clearing, despite a tripling of area under pineapple cultivation in the last decade.
Results suggest that deforestation bans may protect
mature forests better than older forest regrowth and may restrict clearing for large-scale crops more
effectively than clearing for pasture. See the paper here
E3B Ph.D. Candidate Francine Kershaw has published a paper in Diversity and Distributions entitled
"Informing conservation units: barriers to dispersal for the yellow anaconda".
The paper, written in collaboration with E3B alum Martin Mendez, uses an ecological niche model
to identify ecologically meaningful barriers to dispersal for the harvested yellow anaconda in northern
Argentina and explores the utility of multi-source species occurrence data sets in niche modeling.
The article is available here
Vivian Valencia, E3B Ph.D. student, was awarded a GSAS International Travel Fellowship and
was invited to participate in a summer course "Food as a Global Development
Challenge" at the University of Bergen, in Norway.
Meha Jain, E3B Ph.D. student, Pinki Mondal, E3B Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Ruth S. DeFries, E3B Chair and Professor,
Christopher Small, and Gillian L. Galford, former E3B Post-doctoral fellow have an article to be published in
Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 134, July 2013
Mapping cropping intensity of smallholder farms: A comparison of methods using multiple sensors
please click here
Megan Cattau, E3B Ph.D. student, is co-author on a paper on lions in Mozambique...
Jacobson, A. P., Cattau, M. E., Riggio, J. S., Petracca, L.S., and Fedak, D. A. 2013.
Distribution and abundance of lions in northwest Tete Province, Mozambique.
Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 6(1):87-107.
Click here and here to read more
Meha Jain, E3B Ph.D. student, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation
Improvement Grant. Her thesis is entitled, The Impacts of Farmer Adaptation to Climate Variability on Groundwater Salinity and
Soil Health in Gujarat, India
Andrew Collins, E3B M.A. student, has been working on writing up some profiles of E3B students. To learn more about our students, click HERE
Bob Muscarella, E3B Ph.D. student, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation
Improvement Grant. His thesis is entitled, Do plants think globally and act locally?
Combining environmental niche models with intraspecific functional trait variation in a phylogenetic context.
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, just (late August, 2013) received an NSF Science, Engineering,
and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellowship to study the biology
and socioeconomics of the wildlife trade in Vietnam, focusing on slow lorises. Please click HERE for information.
Mary also received an award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for slow loris conservation work.
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.