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Professor Kendi Davies wins prestigous National Science Foundation Career Award - 03/16/15

Dr. Kendi Davies has recently been awarded the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award. She is among a remarkably successful group of faculty across disciplines at CU to win one of these highly competitive awards in 2014-15. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Congratulations Kendi! Other recent recipients of this award in EBIO are Rebecca Safran, Noah Fierer, and Pieter Johnson.


Doctoral Student Miranda Redmond featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine - 03/16/15

Ecosystems dominated by species of piñon and juniper, a spatially extensive vegetation type in the United States, are among the most predominant vegetation types administered by U.S. land management agencies. That means, among other things, that millions of acres of piñon-juniper woodlands have been subjected to numerous land-management techniques since 1950, including various methods of tree removal.

The long-term consequences of those actions are still poorly understood, but Miranda Redmond, a doctoral student in the Dr. Nichole Barger Lab, has been working hard to change that.

Redmond has been the lead author on several papers examining the precipitous decline of piñon-nut production and the effects of vegetation management on Bureau of Land Management lands, including the effects of burning, chaining and “mastication” to remove woody plants in an effort to increase grasses for grazing livestock, restore wildlife habitat, and reduce the risk of wildland fires.

“We use our national lands pretty heavily. We enjoy them and the services they provide" - everything from recreation to livestock grazing to water management—“and it’s important to know how to effectively manage them for both the increased resilience of ecosystems in the future and to maintain them today.”  You can read the rest of this interview in this week’s issue of the Arts and Sciences Magazine.


Professor Daniel Medeiros featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine - 03/13/15 

Vertebrates built new head from old parts, study conducted by  Daniel Medeiros' lab finds. The findings, which appeared in the February 26th issue of the journal Nature   suggest that the appearance of the vertebrate head skeleton "did not depend on evolution of a new skeletal tissue, as is commonly thought, but on the spread of this tissue throughout the head’. The findings demystify the evolutionary path from invertebrates to vertebrates, specifically the formation of the vertebrate head skeleton.  Co-authors on the report include Medeiros lab postdoctoral fellows David Jandzik and Aaron Garnett, technician Maria Cattell, and graduate student Tyler Square. To read more about the work, see this feature in the Arts & Sciences Magazine


Seinor undergradute Sharif Durzi awarded first place for presentation - 03/01/15

Sharif Durzi, a senior EBIO student, represented the Breed lab at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium held at CSU. He earned first place in the undergraduate presentation competition for his talk on the effect honeybee larva have on fanning behavior in worker honeybees, with research he conducted this past summer with PhD student Chelsea Cook.


Scott Ferrenberg published and awarded by British Ecological Society - 02/27/15

Scott Ferrenberg, who recently finished his Ph.D. with Jeff Mitton, found out that the editors of Functional Ecology selected his recent paper with Jeff, "Smooth bark surfaces can defend trees against insect attack: resurrecting a ‘slippery’ hypothesis" for receipt of the 2014 Haldane Prize for the best paper by a young author in 2014.  

In addition to the £250 (sterling) prize money, the award includes a year’s membership to the British Ecological Society and a year’s subscription to Functional Ecology.  He is also invited to make a presentation at this year's Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh, UK, before receiving his award from President of the British Ecological Society at the Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations Scott!


Kika Tarsi Tuff receives production credit in NANPA Summit documentary - 02/27/15

Kika Tarsi Tuff, an EBIO graduate student was one of twelve U.S. students selected to participate in the College Scholars program with the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).

Students selected for the program, traveled to San Diego to film, edit and produce a short documentary. Students were allotted only four days to complete their video, which was show during the keynote address at the 2015 NANPA Summit conference.  


Steve Schmidt receives College Scholar Award - 01/08/15

Steve Schmidt has just been awarded the Arts and Sciences College Scholar Award. The award grants two semesters of sabbatical to support and recognize the college’s most accomplished scholars and enables tenured faculty to focus on scholarly pursuits full-time.  Steve is the second professor in the EBIO department to receive this award this year.

Congratulations Steve!



Old Main cottonwood finds new life through cloning

The Old Main cottonwood is indeed getting new life thanks to help from the EBIO greenhouse. Cuttings were taken from the tree by Facilities Management arborists Vince Aquino and Joel Serafin and handed off to the care of Tom Lemieux, manager of the EBIO greenhouse. The cuttings will produce a clone: an exact genetic duplicate of the Old Main cottonwood and will be ready for planting on campus grounds in 2015.  You can learn more about the Old Main cottonwoods by viewing the full story here or by visiting the EBIO greenhouse website.


Barbara Demmig-Adams receives College Scholar Award

Barbara Demmig-Adams has just been awarded the Arts and Sciences College Scholar Award. The award grants two semesters of sabbatical to support and recognize the college’s most accomplished scholars. Sabbaticals enable tenured faculty to focus on scholarly pursuits full-time.

Congratulations to Barbara Demmig-Adams!


Congrats to the Medeiros Lab for their recent publication in Nature Journal

The Medeiros' lab paper titled: Evolution of the new vertebrate head by co-option of an ancient chordate skeletal tissue was recently published and appears in the Nature journal. The paper was co-authored by David Jandzik, Aaron T. Garnett, Tyler Square, Maria Cattel, Jr-Kai Yu and Daniel Medeiros. You can read about this study by clicking here.  Learn more about the Medeiros lab and the research they perform by clicking here to visit their lab website.


Bowers lab secures National Science Foundation Grant

The Bowers lab has just been awarded a National Science Foundation grant. The grant will be used to study the effects of incorporating novel host plants into the diet of native herbivores, and that might affect the insect's immune system.  This study is a collaboration between Deane Bowers,  Peri Mason, and the lab of Angela Smilanich at the University of Nevada at Reno.  Congratulations to Deane Bowers and her lab!


Steve Schmidt and Katie Suding secure National Science Foundation Grant

Katie Suding and Steve Schmidt have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant.  The grant will be used Their project will focus on the microbial facilitation and distributional patterns of both plant and soil microbes, and will quantify the effects of microbial facilitation into previously plant free zones. Congratulations to Steve Schmidt and Katie Suding!


Helen McCreery, Amanda Hund and Jack Darcy awarded research grants

Three EBIO students, Helen McCreery, Amanda Hund and Jack Darcy have each been awarded funding from the CU Boulder 2015 Dean's Graduate Student Research Grant. The Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Awards are competitive awards sponsored by the Graduate School that support the research, scholarship and creative work of graduate students from all departments.


Topher Weiss-Lehmann wins prestigious ESA award

Topher Weiss-Lehmann, a graduate student in Brett Melbourne's lab, has won the prestigious E.C. Pielou award for the best oral presentation by a student in statistical ecology at the 2014 ESA Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA. 

Topher received the award for his paper and talk titled: "Estimating extinction risk from presence/absence data with observational uncertainty: Development and evaluation of a flexible modeling framework applied across systems".  His paper was coauthored with Kendi Davies (EBIO), Chris Clements (University of Sheffield,UK) and Brett Melbourne (EBIO).

You can learn more about Topher's and his co-author's research interests by clicking here to visit the Melbourne lab website or here for the Davies website.


Ryan Lynch receives NASA award

Ryan Lynch, a graduate student with the EBIO department received an award from NASA's Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Reseach in Astrobiology.  Ryan received the award for his project titled "Understanding the Traits of Chemosynthetic Bacteria From a Martian Analog in the High-Elevation Atacama Region"

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life on Earth and in the universe. It encompasses research in, among others, the fields of astronomy, chemistry, evolutionary biology, field and population biology, geology, microbiology, molecular biology, oceanography, paleontology, and planetary science. Astrobiology includes investigations of the geologic and fossil record to understand the conditions of the early Earth when life arose. Its scope also includes research of contemporary locations on Earth that might be similar to early earth and to environments elsewhere in our Solar System.

Congratulations Ryan!


Jennifer Wilkening offered Fulbright Award

Jennifer Wilkening, an EBIO student in Sharon Collinge's lab has been offered a Fulbright award to study pikas in India.

Fulbright students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The 67-year-old program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It operates in more than 155 countries and currently awards about 8,000 grants annually to U.S. students, foreign students, U.S. scholars, visiting scholars, teachers and professionals.

Jennifer has worked closely with Chris Ray studying pika physiology and their response to climate change here in the Front Range.  She will spend her Fulbright studying a closely related species in India.  Congratulations Jennifer!


Bill Franz has won the Campus Sustainability Award

The Campus Sustainability Award started in 1997 as a means of recognizing CU's commitment to reducing the burden that the campus places on the enviornment. Bill Franz has embraced this comittment wholeheartedly and has undertaken many projects within the department with this philosophy in mind. One such project included replacing all of the aging, less efficient computers with gently used, energy efficient models which were sourced locally.  Thank You for your service - Congratulations Bill!


Two new books by Emeritus Professor, Marc Bekoff

In the book titled: Ignoring Nature No More, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that it is time to employ a new mind-set about nature - one that centers on empathy, compassion, and being proactive.  You can obtain more information about the book here.

In his children's book titled: Jasper's story, Marc explores the conservation work that he performs in China, which involves the rescuing of the endangered Moon Bears from the bear bile industry.  More information about the book can be viewed here .

Congratulations Marc!


Congrats to Miranda Redmond and the Barger lab for their paper on Pinyon Pine cone production and regional warming - 02/20/13

In a paper appearing recently in the journal Ecosphere, published by the Ecological Society of America, the study's co-authors linked a 2.3 degree Fahrenheit temperature rise over four decades recorded at nine research sites to a decline in pinyon pine seed cone reproduction. Leading the study was CU doctoral student Miranda Redmond and Assistant professor Nichole Barger. Joining them as co-author on the study was Frank Forcella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More information about this groundbreaking study can be found by clicking here. Additional press coverage can be found on the Ecological Society of America Journal and the Boulder Daily Camera. Congratulations!


Congrats to Pieter Johnson and his lab for establishing the underlying mechanisms between increased biodiversity and disease risk - 02/13/13

The Johnson lab researchers spent three years sampling 345 wetlands and recording malformations in amphibians— which included missing, misshapen or extra sets of hind legs. These deformaties caused by parasitic infections, were recorded in 24,215 amphibians. The results showed that ponds with half a dozen amphibian species had a 78 percent reduction in parasite transmission compared to ponds with just one amphibian species. The research team also set up experiments in the lab and outdoors using 40 artificial ponds, each stocked with 60 amphibians and 5,000 parasites.  You can view more details about this groundbreaking study here. Congrats to the Johnson lab!


Erin Tripp's new book published by the New York Botanical Garden - 02/13/13

Erin Tripp's new book titled: Lichens and Allied Fungi of Great Smoky National Park, has recently been published by the New York Botanical Garden Press.  Congratulations Erin!


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