ESA 2017

Postdoc Christina Birnbaum presented a poster at ESA last week – the first results from our lab’s coastal wetland work in SE Louisiana!

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SEEDS mentor at ESA 2017

I was a SEEDS mentor again this year at the annual ESA meeting in Portland. My mentee was Kathryn Bloodworth, and she gave a great presentation about her undergrad research at Kellogg Biological Station on the effect of biofuels (switchgrass – shown below) on soil denitrification.

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Bald cypress restoration at Jean Lafitte National Park

Two undergrads in the lab, Henry Adams and Elizabeth Holland, did an independent project this semester in collaboration with Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Park. They analyzed historical planting and monitoring data to assess where on the landscape bald cypress restoration was most successful. They presented their results to park personnel to increase future planting success and developed a protocol for monitoring future plantings. They also participated in a field day where they helped plant more trees.

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Girls in STEM at Tulane

I led a workshop this past weekend for 4th and 5th grade girls from New Orleans to get them interested in STEM. This was part of a day-long event called GiST (Girls in STEM at Tulane). Our workshop, “What’s your Master Plan”, allowed girls to assume the role of Marsh Ecologist, City Planner, Mississippi River Director, and Governor of Louisiana. They implemented a Coastal Master Plan to protect Louisiana from global change, then built a model of their plan, and we challenged it with spring floods, sea level rise, and a hurricane. Below is a picture of some of their models (bottle caps=cities, sponges=marshes).

 

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Interview with BES and Journal of Ecology Virtual Issue

The British Ecological Society (BES) came out with a Journal of Ecology Virtual Issue “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene” in honor of the theme of the 2016 Ecological Society of America meeting. One of my papers on global change in the alpine tundra is included in the Virtual Issue.

I was also interviewed by David Gibson from BES about my views on Novel Ecosystems, see the podcast on the Journal of Ecology blog here.

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SEEDS mentor at ESA 2016

I was a SEEDS mentor again this year at the annual ESA meeting in Fort Lauderdale. It was a special year because SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Below is a photo from the SEEDS mentor/mentee breakfast. My mentee this year was Laurel Brigham from UC San Diego.

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SEEDS mentor at ESA 2015

Once again I was a SEEDS mentor at ESA for the Centennial Celebration in Baltimore. SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) is a program that aims to increase diversity in the ecology profession and promote underrepresented students to participate and pursue careers in ecology. Below is a photo of all the SEEDS students this year, including my mentee Edauri Navarro from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

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