MEES News, April 2013

MEES News April 2013

Student News:

Tamara Newcomer, a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Sujay Kaushal, has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship by the University of Maryland Graduate School.  The fellowship will support Tammy as she completes her dissertation entitled “Nitrogen uptake and denitrification in restored and degraded-urban streams: impacts of organic carbon and integrated stormwater management.”

Sara Rowland, a MEES doctoral student under Dr. Frank Robb, has been awarded a Fellowship by the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program.  Sara will be joining a collaborating laboratory at the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) in Seoul for most of the summer of 2013.

Danielle Zaveta is the recipient of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s 2013 Drach-Mellody Navigator Award for student research for her research focusing on using RNA:DNA ratios as a tool to measure habitat quality in blue crab.  Danielle’s research is part of her M.S. degree that she is completing under the guidance of Tom Miller.  The Drach-Mellody Navigator Award is an annual award made by the CBL faculty to promote excellence in graduate research. 

Recent Publications:

Blank, P. J. 2013. Northern Bobwhite Response to Conservation Reserve Program habitat and Landscape Attributes. The Journal of Wildlife Management 77(1): 68-74.

Brandt, J.S., M.A. Haynes, T. Kuemmerle, Fang Zhendong, D. Waller, and V. Radeloff. 2013. Regime shift on the roof of the world: Alpine meadows convert to shrublands in the southern Himalayas. Biological Conservation 158: 116-127

L. Gemery, T.M.Cronin, L.W.Cooper, J.M.Grebmeier (2013) Temporal changes in benthic ostracode assemblages in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas from 1976 to 2010. Deep-Sea Res II

Green, M., G.G. Waldbusser, L. Hubazc, E. Cathcart, and J. Hall. (2013). Carbonate Mineral Saturation State as the Recruitment Cue for Settling Bivalves in Marine Muds. Estuaries Coasts 36: 18-27.

Huang, Y., Z. He, J. Kan, A. K. Manohar, K. H. Nealson, and F. Mansfeld. In press. Electricity generation from a floating marine microbial fuel cell. Bioresource Technol.

Klug, JL, Richardson, DC, Ewing, HA, Hargreaves, BR, Samal, NR, Vachon, D, Pierson, DC, Lindsey, AM, O’Donnell, DM, Effler, SW and KC Weathers. 2012. Ecosystem Effects of a Tropical Cyclone on a Network of Lakes in Northeastern North America. Environ. Sci. Tech.

Lozano, C., E. D. Houde 2013. Factors contributing to variability in larval ingress of Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 118: 1-10.

Mattson, J. B., E. F. Zipkin, B. Gardner, P. J. Blank, J. R. Sauer, and J. A. Royle. 2013. Explaining local-scale species distributions: relative contributions of spatial autocorrelation and landscape heterogeneity for an avian assemblage.  PLoS ONE 8(2): e55097.

Porter ET, Mason RP, Sanford LP (2013) Effects of shear stress and hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, on seston, microphytobenthos and nitrogen dynamics in mesocosms with tidal resuspension. Marine Ecology Progress Series 479:25-45.

Sharpe, P.J. and A.H. Baldwin. Wetland plant species richness across estuarine gradients: the role of the mid-domain effect. Aquatic Botany.

Sauer, J. R., P. J. Blank, E. F. Zipkin, J. E. Fallon, and F. W. Fallon. 2013. Using multi-species occupancy models in structured decision making on managed lands. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:117-127.

Waldbusser, G.G., E.N. Powell, and R. Mann (2013) Ecosystem effects of shell aggregations and cycling in coastal waters: an example of Chesapeake Bay oyster reefs. Ecology 94(4): 895-903. Invited Contribution

Alumni News:

Katrin Bockstahler Rudge (1992 MEES M.S.) has been named Sarasota County’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.  Katrin teaches marine science at Riverview High School and is Director of the school’s Aquascience Program.

Melanie Harrison (MEES 2011 Ph.D. under Dr. Andrew Miller and Dr. Peter Groffman) was elected to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Council as early career scientist member 2013-2015.  Melanie is currently a water quality specialist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, Protected Resources Division, at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Huang, P.M., Y.C. Li, M.E. Sumner (ed.), Handbook of Soil Sciences, 2nd ed. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL was chosen as a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title by the Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

Paul Collodi, professor, and Ten-Tsao Wong, research associate, both in the Purdue Department of Animal Sciences, "Large-scale Production of Infertile Fish for Aquaculture and the Pet Industry," $44,233. The innovation could improve production of large aquaculture operations by preventing the release of farmed fish into the environment and the spread of invasive species. The funding will focus on how well the innovation can be applied to large-scale commercial hatchery operations. The Purdue Research Foundation-managed Trask Innovation Fund is a technology development program to assist faculty who have disclosed a discovery to the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and are committed to commercializing the technology.