November 2017: Big news from the lab: James was a co-author on a recent paper at Nature describing pervasive effects of habitat edges on animals in anthropogenically altered landscapes. This work was a collaboration with BIOFRAG researchers. Here’s to the power of the global research network!
August 2017: Congratulations to Ian for successfully defending his MS thesis and presenting his research at the ESA meeting in Portland.
There are some new faces around the lab: Consuelo Alarcon Rodriguez and Zack Lange are both starting the MS program at JCU, and Michael Rodriguez has been doing animal care during the summer. Welcome everyone (and welcome back to returning labbies!)
July 2017: Congrats to Sam for scoring an REU at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station, and for publishing her first paper based on her work last summer at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History!
June 2017: Blake and James returned from a month of fieldwork in Colombia. Fun times!
September 2016: The semester is in full swing, and everyone in the lab is busy with classes and research. On Wednesday 21 September at 7:00 pm, James will present a new talk titled ‘The heat is on: thermal biology, climate change, and tropical deforestation’ at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. At 5:30 there will be access to the Garden’s glasshouse exhibits and a Hoppy Hour, providing a chance to sample craft beers from our area and learn about the brewing process. Don’t miss it!
July 2016: James received a grant from the US Geological Survey to continue work optimizing landscape connectivity models in the southeastern USA with a team including Heather Cayton, Jen Costanza and Nick Haddad at NC State University, Bistra Dilkina at Georgia Tech, and Ron Sutherland at the Wildlands Network.
May 2016: Congrats to everyone in the lab on the successful completion of the school year! There is lots of good news to celebrate as we finish the semester: Ian successfully presented his thesis proposal, Sam was awarded a Kirtlandia internship to do fieldwork with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and James will be heading to Colombia for fieldwork at the end of the month. There’s more great news from other ES majors at JCU: Fred Anger has an internship with Cleveland Metroparks, Jacob Dybiec received a Kirtlandia fellowship, and Joe Mruzek will be working as a technician on the Jefferson Project in upstate New York. We look forward to hearing about everyone’s adventures at the end of the summer.
March 2016: Julia Laterza from Sao Paulo, Brazil has accepted a position in the lab beginning in August 2016. Welcome, Julia!
March 2016: Congratulations to Blake Dixon (ES ’18) who was accepted to the REU program at Miami University, and Arianna Zrzavy (ES ’18) who will be doing a conservation internship with the Harris Center in New Hampshire. Well done!
June 2015: Ian and James spent two weeks in Colombia at the Reserva El Silencio in the Magdalena River Valley. El Silencio is run by Fundacion Biodiversa, a Colombian NGO dedicated to preserving the remaining moist forest of Magdalena Medio region. El Silencio is home to an impressive flora and fauna, including the threatened Blue-billed curassow. James and Ian were collecting environmental data across the landscape mosaic at El Silencio in support of survey work being conducted on birds, herps, and plants.
May 2015: Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Ian Reider and Alex Murray on graduating from JCU!
May 2015: James was invited to present a talk at a workshop on landscape connectivity in Colombia organized as part of the Global Environment Facility-funded Paisaje Palmero Diverso project.
April 2015: The lab welcomes two new MS students in Fall 2015: Ian Reider (JCU ’15) and Becca Weir (Boston U. ’14).