Stay up-to-date about what the ecology graduate student organization is working on by following the meeting minutes from August 29th, 2018. Special thanks to Ted Primka for writing this up!
This summer, the EGSO officers worked to put together a “Student’s Guide to the PSU Ecology Program.” The purpose of this document is NOT to provide any official information- you should still consult the official Ecology Handbook you were given during orientation for that. However, it is our hope that it will answer common questions ranging from course requirements to health insurance, studying for qualifying/comprehensive exams to social activities around town.
Major thanks to Shannon White, Curt McConnell, Staci Amburgey, Sarah Rothman, Sarah Isbell, Carlie Dinsmore, Rachel Rozum, Maddie Meyers, Ellen Brandell, and Ted Primka for all their help getting this together!
The spring 2018 Notes from the Field are available here! Thank you to Warren for putting this together!
The ecology retreat will be April 25th and 26th! Curt and his family have graciously offered to allow us to stay at their cabin in the mountains, only a couple of hours from campus. If you plan to go, please fill out the poll here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LaOQLmJWN-6e_2FPu5GOS2QCR0URqcMMQoX71qauCnk/edit?usp=sharing) by Thursday, April 19th.
The ecology mini-symposium is Tuesday, April 24th, from 3 -5:50 pm. The mini-symposium is a great opportunity for graduating students to present their research, and for students, faculty, and post-docs to be familiar with ongoing research activities and people in the program.
In relation to this, the ecology newsletter is being put together. Please send all publications, awards, grants, or other achievements that have been received since Dec 1, 2017 to Brady Boyer (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are also looking for any volunteers to write a short description of their research with photos to be included in the newsletter. Submissions need to be in by late April.
Congratulations to Mitch Hunter for being selected to receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award! This award is given to exemplary Ph.D. students who have passed their comprehensive exams, have approval for their dissertation topic, and are within their final year of enrollment. The Alumni Association Dissertation Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards available for PSU graduate students.
Mitch Hunter is an NSF fellow and agronomy Ph.D. candidate minoring in ecology. More information about his research can be found at his website.
Reminder to attend the ecology seminar today! Dr. Brent Helliker from the Biology department at the University of Pennsylvania will be presenting The legacy of C4 evolution in the hydraulics of C3 and C4 grasses.
Because this seminar is co-hosted with the PSU department of Plant Science, this seminar will be in ASI 101.
Dr. Helliker’s research focuses on the effects of climate change through the lens of stable isotope signatures. More information about Dr. Brent Helliker and his research can be found at: https://www.bio.upenn.edu/people/brent-helliker
The first installment of the spring 2018 ecology seminar series starts today! The theme is Multifunctional Ecology: Perspectives across scales and systems. The seminar begins at 4 pm in 106 Forest Resources Building, followed by refreshments and conversation in the FRB atrium. Visit the events page to now have the seminar schedule synced to your Google Calendar and iCal.
Dr. Eric Lonsdorf from the University of Minnesota will be presenting: How do I affect the supply of natural resources? Integrating ecosystem services into decisions made by multiple sectors of society. Dr. Lonsdorf researches the intersection of land management and wildlife, currently focusing on pollinator health, avian migration, and genetic diversity. More information about his research can be found at http://environment.umn.edu/staff/eric-lonsdorf/