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2004-2005

Drs. Diane Larson and Ruth Shaw (both EEB) received a U.S. Geological Survey grant of $18,587 to study "Evaluation of methods for Canada thistle-free habitat restoration."

Chris Clark, EEB graduate student, received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Award on "Why plant communities shift after chronic nitrogen addition: The organic connection." Chris is advised by Professors David Tilman and Claudia Neuhauser.

Drs. Arkady Khodursky (BMBB) and Jim Cotner (EEB) received a $270,000, three-year grant from the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment on "Metabolic and Regulatory Landscape of Photosynthetic Evolution of Hydrogen".

Drs. Claudia Neuhauser (EEB), Christopher Paola (Geology), Miki Hondzo (Civil Engineering), Raymond M. Hozalski (Civil Engineering), and Shinya Sugita (EEB), together with about twenty faculty from EEB, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, and Applied Economics received $2,820,000 from the National Science Foundation for a 5-year graduate training program, entitled "IGERT: Non-equilibrium Dynamics Across Space and Time: A Common Approach for Engineers, Earth Scientists, and Ecologists." Dr. Helene Muller-Landau received a $12,043 grant from the National Science Foundation to study seed dispersal by wind and plant recruitment in tropical forests.

Drs. Jim Cotner and Shinya Sugita, both EEB faculty, received a $333,000, three-year grant from the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment on "Carbon sequestration in Minnesota's wetlands: An important sink with management implications".

Drs. McFadden (EEB) and Marvin Bauer (Forest Resources) received a $278,233, three-year grant from the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment on "New Technologies for Full Carbon Accounting in Developed Land".

EEB graduate students Noelle Beckman (advisor: Helene Muller-Landau) and Bonnie Keeler (advisor: Sarah Hobbie) were awarded NSF Research Fellowships. EEB graduate students Will Ratcliff (advisor: Ford Denison), Kyle Whittinghill (advisors: Sarah Hobbie and Jacques Finlay), Emily Wroblewski (advisor: Anne Pusey) and Leslie Brandt (advisor: Jennifer King) received Honorable Mentions.

Dr. Jim Russell, former EEB graduate student, is the winner of the Graduate School's Best Dissertation Award in the Biological & Medical Sciences in 2005. Jim's dissertation on "The Holocene Paleolimnology and Paleoclimatology of Lake Edward, Uganda-Congo" provides the most detailed history ever published of climate variability in equatorial Africa. One of the most important results of his dissertation is the discovery of a robust 725-year cycle in the recurrence of drought in the Holocene climate record of Lake Edward. Jim was advised by Dr. Tom Johnson, Department of Geological Sciences - Duluth and Director of the Large Lakes Observatory, and received his Ph.D. in 2004.

Dr. Eville Gorham, emeritus professor, won the Society of Wetland Scientists' 2005 Life-time Achievement Award to honor his distinguished and extensive career of consistent meritorious contributions to research, education, and policy in wetland science or management.

Dr. Anne Pusey, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has been honoring excellence and providing service to the nation and the world.

Dr. M. Jon Ross, adjunct faculty in EEB and station biologist and associate director of the Itasca Biological Station is a recipient of the 2005 President's Award for Outstanding Service.

Dr. Claudia Neuhauser, Ecology, Eevolution, and Behavior is a recipient of the 2005 Best Directors of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award recipients.

EEB graduate student Jen White was selected to receive the 2005 Hamm Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship. This is a scholarship for graduate students in the plant sciences and related disciplines. Jen is advised by Dr. Dave Andow.

Dr. Anne Pusey received a $106,000 NSF grant to study "Discrimination of Paternal Kin in Wild Chimpanzees." Long-term data and newly collected field data from observations of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, will fill an important gap in our understanding of whether wild chimpanzees recognize and treat paternal kin differently from other individuals. Data collected for this research will contribute to the long-term data set of Dr. Jane Goodall that is housed in the Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies at the University of Minnesota. This grant will partially support the Ph.D. research of EEB.

EEB graduate students Leslie Brandt and Daniel Hernandez have been awarded Carolyn Crosby Fellowships by the Graduate School. This is a University-wide fellowship for students engaged in field-based plant biology research.

EEB graduate students Meggan Craft and Kathleen Knight have been awarded Alexander P. and Lydia Anderson Fellowships by the Graduate School. This is a University-wide fellowship for students in the plant or animal sciences.

Dr. Craig Packer and EEB graduate students Anna Mosser and Bernard Kissui, together with six other authors, are co-authors of a Science paper (Science 307: 390-393) on "Large-scale ecological change, group territoriality and non-linear population dynamics in Serengeti lions." Their study is an example of sudden shifts to new equilibria of lion populations as a response to gradual changes in prey availability and the lions' grouping behavior.

Drs. G. Zhu (BTI),  G.B. Golding (McMaster University), and A. Dean (BTI and EEB) published an article on "The Selective Cause of an Ancient Adaptation" in the January 13, 2005, issue of Science.  Their research revealed the selective basis of an adaptive event that occurred billions of years ago by genetically engineering an ancestral version of the enzyme and using subsequent selection experiments to show how the enzyme changed.

Professors Jim Cotner and Joe McFadden have been awarded Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship grants from the Graduate School.

Kathleen Knight, EEB graduate student, received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the Graduate School to pursue her research on the invasion of European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) in Minnesota hardwood forests.

Dr. Jim Cotner and Kris McNeil (chemistry) received a $90,000 award from Sea Grant to examine "Photochemical and biochemical degradation of dissolved organic matter in Lake Superior."

Dr. Anne Pusey received an $576,395 NSF grant for "Spatio-temporal data analysis techniques for behavioral ecology" with co-PI's Shashi Shekhar and Jaideep Srivastava, Department of Computer Science. The grant includes a subcontract to Richard Wrangham, Harvard University, for an additional $127,920. Ian Gilby, Pusey's graduate student, will be a post-doc at Harvard on the grant. Gilby will develop Wrangham's database on chimpanzees of the in Kibale forest of Uganda to allow comparative analysis of chimpanzee behavior in Gombe and Kibale.

Dr. Craig Packer and EEB graduate student Daniel MacNulty have received a Yellowstone Park Foundation award for $65,495 to study the "Ecological Effects of Wolf Recovery in an Interior Valley of Yellowstone National Park."

Dr. Stephen Polasky received a $46,863 award from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to study "Landowner Contact and Incentives for Topeka Shiner Conservation-Tier 2."

EEB graduate student Kathleen Lacasse will receive the Wood-Rill Fellowship in Hardwood Ecology for the 2004-2005 academic year. Bruce Dayton (father of U.S. Senator Mark Dayton) made a generous donation to the Center for Hardwood Ecology to fund this fellowship.

Colleen M. McLinn received the 2004 McKinney Fellowship for her proposal entitled "The economic basis of Animal Communication."

Dr. David Tilman and Dr. Clarence Lehman received a $285,000 National Science Foundation grant for a Cedar Creek Natural History Area Science and Outreach Facility. The facilities master plan calls for a 3600-square-foot research, outreach and education facility.

Dr. Ed Cushing received a $19,884 USDI Geological Survey grant to study the ecological effects of leafy spurge (Euphorbia Esula) In mixed-grass prairie.