News from the Field
Abigail Golden, who recently graduated as an Environmental Biology major from E3B (May 21, 2014) has published her senior thesis! Combining Natural History Collections with Fisher Knowledge for Community-Based Conservation in Fiji Please follow the link: Abigail's article was chosen for the Conservation Story of the Week by Conservation Magazine.
E3B and the Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species program are proud to report that the Columbia College faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes awarded Margarete Diaz Cuadros the honor of Class of 2014 Valedictorian. Margarete is a biochemistry major with a concentration in EBHS. Congratulations, Margarete!
Undergraduate Honors--A grand total of five of the graduates of the Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa...Margarete Diaz Cuadros, Evelyn Jagoda, Michael Kelly, Leslie Quade and Misha Solomon. Two Environmental Biology graduates were also Phi Beta Kappa...Isabelle Fisher and Abigail Golden.Congratulations to all of the graduating students and to their major advisors Jill Shapiro (EBHS)and Matt Palmer (EB)!
Bob Muscarella, E3B Ph.D. student, has been awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship; it is a
2-year NSF International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in
Biology. The title of the project is, Evaluating determinants of demographic
variation across tree species ranges...Congratulations!
Steve Wood, E3B Ph.D. student, has been granted a Fulbright award for 9 months of field work
in southeastern Senegal studying how landscape configuration and agrobiodiversity influence soil organic matter stabilization. Congratulations! Steve also had two articles published and was awarded a United States Agency for International Development/Feed the Future Borlaug Food Security Fellowship. His two articles are "The impact of climate change on agricultural net revenue: a case study in the Fouta Djallon, West Africa," which appeared in Environment and Development Economics, and "Smallholder farmer cropping decisions related to climate variability across multiple regions," which appeared in Global Environmental Change, co-authored by Meha Jain, an E3B Ph.D. student, and Ruth DeFries, Chair of E3B. Please click here:
Vivian Valencia, E3B Ph.D. student, has recently published a paper on part of her dissertation work.
"The role of coffee agroforestry in the conservation of tree diversity and community composition
of native forests in a Biosphere Reserve"
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Volume 189, 1 May 2014, Pages 154 to 163
E3B Faculty and Affiliates Paige West, Eleanor J. Sterling, and Shahid Naeem are among the co-authors.
Please follow this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2014.03.024
E3B post-doc, Victor H. Gutierrez-Velez, recently had a paper accepted in the journal
"Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia"
Co-authors include E3B and Earth Institute colleagues: Maria Uriarte, Ruth DeFries,
Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, Katia Fernandes,
Pietro Ceccato, Walter Baethgen, and Christine Padoch
E3B Faculty and students are prominently featured in this Columbia College Today article, linked HERE,
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.
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 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.