Our Faculty in the News
January 2015: See "From the Field" Section to follow E3B Students...
The Breakthrough Institute has announced that E3B Professor Ruth DeFries is the 2014 Paradigm Award
Winner. The Paradigm Award is bestowed annually to individuals whose work has made major
contributions to realizing a future where all the world’s inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous
lives on an ecologically vibrant planet. The Breakthrough Institute also cited Ruth DeFries'
influential works about “planetary opportunities,” and her recent book, The Big Ratchet: How Humans
Thrive in Face of Natural Disasters. You can read more HERE.
E3B Professor Maria Uriarte has received a 3-year Science Without Borders fellowship from the Brazilian government.
Over the next three years and in collaboration with scientists at the University of Sao Paulo (where she
serves as adjunct faculty), and the State Water Authority, Uriarte will be working on a project that
examines the influence of climate variability and land cover change on water quality in the reservoirs
that supply the city of Sao Paulo.
Maria Uriarte also received a $150,000 award from the Science Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro
(FAPERJ). This award is part of the new collaborative agreement between Columbia University and
FAPERJ, fostered by the CU Global Center in Rio.
The Uriarte lab will be hosting four visitors this academic year. Leandro Reverberi-Tambosi is a
postdoctoral researcher working in the water quality project in Sao Paulo. Paulo Prista PhD
student at the University of Sao Paulo will be working on a model of Hanta virus occurrence and
spread in the state of Sao Paulo. Evelyn Alecrim, a PhD student at the University of Lavras, Brazil,
will be working on the edge dynamics of gallery forests in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Yuxin Chen, a PhD student in Sun Yat-sen University, China. Yuxin is interested in applying
neighborhood models to understand the relationship between diversity and biomass dynamics in
Don Melnick, along with Mary Pearl (Macaulay Honors College of CUNY), and Rodrigo Medellin (National Autonomous University of Mexico), authored an op-ed in the New York Times (May 12, 2014) on threats to bats from disease (white-nose syndrome) and wind turbines. There is no cure yet for the disease, but recalibrating turbines could save many bats. Please follow this link to the headline: Protect Our Bats.
E3B Assistant Professor Dustin Rubenstein has been awarded a grant from Columbia University's President’s Global Innovation Fund.
The purpose of the Fund is to support faculty who are developing projects that increase
opportunities for research, teaching, and service around the world. The 13 projects receiving
grants were selected from 53 proposals by a review committee of senior faculty.
The proposals came from 14 of Columbia’s Schools and from 14 departments in the Arts and Sciences.
Dustin Rubenstein's project is Kenyan Undergraduate Immersion in Tropical Biology and Sustainability
Please see the attached end-of-year 2013-2014 achievements letter from E3B Chair Ruth DeFries
The Columbia College Annual Report includes an article on
Columbia's Tropical Biology and Sustainability in Kenya Program that was started by E3B Professor Dustin Rubenstein. Molly Priester,a senior majoring in Environmental Biology at E3B, is featured in the article.Please follow the link HERE.
Kevin Olival, alum of the E3B Ph.D. program, and E3B affiliate through the EcoHealthAlliance
has just co-authored a paper in the journal Viruses. Entitled, "Filoviruses in Bats: Current
Knowledge and Future Directions" the article is timely given the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea.
Please follow the link
E3B Lecturer and M.A. Program advisor Josh Drew is co-author
of an article about the role of Twitter in science publishing. The
article has been selected as a Top 20 article published in the
journal PeerJ for 2013. Please follow the link HERE.
Ruth DeFries, Chair of E3B and Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development,
delivered the keynote address at an international workshop on
‘Land use optimisation for coordinating regional development
with the conservation of endangered species’ in Puducherry, India (Dec. 16th).
The amount of land under protection has increased steadily since the 1980s. “The main focus now
is to ensure that the areas that come under protection are effectively
managed, so that the protection itself is successful.” Please CLICK HERE to see
coverage in The Hindu.
E3B Professors Ruth DeFries and Kevin Griffin
recently taught a class -
Ecological and Social Systems for Sustainable Development.
They challenged their students to prepare a “sustainable” meal.
Click here to see how things turned out!
A new undergraduate journal of biological anthropology, Sapient, is now available online.
Jill Shapiro, E3B Senior Lecturer and Major Advisor for Studies in Evolutionary Biology
of the Human Species in E3B has been working with the students.
Please click HERE to link to the journal