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2006-2007

EEB graduate student Meggan Craft was awarded an NSF Dissertation Research grant for "Predicting Viral Dynamics in Serengeti Carnivores." Meggan is advised by Dr. Craig Packer, EEB.

Professor Bob Sterner, EEB, was appointed NSF Division Director for Environmental Biology. According to the NSF announcement , "NSF's Division of Environmental Biology supports basic research and education in ecology and evolutionary biology in such areas as biodiversity, molecular genetic and genomic evolution, population dynamics, ecosystem processes, conservation biology, restoration ecology and the ecological effects of global climate change. Among its programs are those on long-term ecological research, the ecology of infectious diseases, and assembling the tree of life."

Professors Finlay and Powers have been awarded Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship grants from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

EEB graduate students Meggan Craft and Nathan DeJager have been awarded a "Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship" for 2007-08.

Emily Wroblewski has been awarded the Summer 2007 Elmer Birney Fellowship for her proposal "Discrimination of Paternal Kin in Wild Chimpanzees". Meggan Craft was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship for International Research and Writing from the Office of International Programs.

Karl Gruber, EEB graduate student, received a "2006 Award for Outstanding Performance as a TA in CBS".

EEB graduate student Megan Strauss has been awarded a three-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Alma DeAnda and Annika Moe each received Honorable Mention.

Dr. Claudia Neuhauser has been selected as a Distinguished McKnight Professor by the University of Minnesota Graduate School and the Office of the Provost. Recipients are chosen based on their research, education and community contributions. A $100,000 grant accompanies the award.

Graduate student Karl Gruber, has been awarded a $3,000 research grant from the Alexander and Lydia Anderson Fellowship.

Paul Gugger, EEB Graduate Student, was recently awarded $3,000 Carolyn Crosby Fellowship.

Professors David Tilman and Clarence Lehman received IREE seed grant funds for their proposal on Low-input, high-diversity prairie biofuels.  A potentially large renewable energy source for Minnesota and U.S. grasslands.

Professors Georgiana May and Jennifer Powers received IREE seed grant funds for their proposal on Discovering microbial diversity for biofuel production.

Dr. Dario Fornara, postdoctoral associate with Professor David Tilman, received a Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship research award to study "soil C cycling and ecosystem processes: effects of plant diversity, plant community composition, N deposition and herbivory on soil C storage dynamics."

Beth Pettitt, EEB graduate student, was awarded the 2007 Carol H. and Wayne A. Pletcher Graduate Fellowship to help fund her work on acoustic communication in frogs. Beth is advised by Dr. Mark Bee.

Professor Helene Muller-Landau has been awarded a $625,000 fellowship from the Packard Foundation to study mechanisms that control biodiversity in tropical forests and how human impact - including global climate change - affects those mechanisms.

Dr. Robert Sterner received a NOAA Ohio Sea Grant award to study "Redfield Revisited: Addressing current perspectives on the phosphorus quotas of freshwater plankton."

Professor Jennifer Powers, EEB, received a NASA grant of $267,203 for the project "A Regional-Scale Analysis of Regenerating Tropical Dry Forests in Costa Rica: Measurements & Models of the Linkages among Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function & Carbon Storage."

EEB graduate student Leslie Brandt received the EPA STAR graduate fellowship. This fellowship is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provides support for three years for students in environmentally related fields. Leslie is advised by Dr. Jennifer King, faculty in Soil, Water and Climate and EEB.

Professor Mark Bee received an NIH grant on "Sound Source Segregation and the Cocktail Party Problem in a Non-human Vertebrate."

EEB graduate student Leslie Brandt received an NSF Dissertation Research grant to study "Photodegradation as an abiotic mechanism in the decomposition of surface litter." She is advised by Professor Jennifer King, faculty in Soil, Water and Climate, and EEB.

Congratulations to EEB graduate student Anna Mosser on having won a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2006-07.

Paul Gugger, EEB graduate student advised by Dr. Shinya Sugita is the recipient of the Elmer C. Birney Fellowship for 2006.

Dr. Jacques Finlay received an NSF award on "Coupling consumer-resource interactions and nutrient spiraling in a stream network" that is part of a larger collaboration led by St. Olaf College.

Anna Mosser, EEB graduate student, has received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research grant to study "Group territoriality of the African lion - Behavioral adaptation in a heterogeneous landscape." Anna is advised by Dr. Craig Packer.

Professor Ruth Shaw (EEB) and Dr. Stuart Wagenius (Chicago Botanic Garden and former EEB Ph.D. graduate student) received a five-year, $225,000 NSF grant on "Quantifying contributions of genetic and numerical dynamics to persistence of fragmented prairie populations of Echinacea angustifolia."

Professors Diane Larson and Sarah Hobbie (both EEB) received a three-year, $125,879 USDI Geological Survey grant to study "Control and restoration of sites infested with leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula)."

Professors Hans Othmer (Mathematics), Michael O'Connor (GCD), and Claudia Neuhauser (EEB) received $24,000 from the Digital Technology Center to develop a course in Quantitative Biology.

Katherine Phillips has been selected to receive the 2005 Award for Outstanding Performance as a Teaching Assistant for the College of Biological Sciences. Katherine is an EEB graduate student who is advised by Dr. Jim Cotner (EEB).

The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior was invited to join the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) as an affiliated department. SAFL is a research laboratory at the University of Minnesota. EEB faculty are already involved with SAFL through the joint NSF IGERT grant and NCED. Formalizing this collaboration will provide additional opportunities for research and collaborations.

Professor Claudia Neuhauser has been awarded $1 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to increase the math proficiency of CBS undergraduates, particularly their ability to use statistics to solve biological and environmental problems. This award is one of 20 given in the nation.

Professors Swackhammer (Environmental Health Sciences), Galatowitsch (Horticulture), Cotner (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior), and Sadowsky (Soil, Water and Climate) received a $92,335 USGS grant.

Drs. Jennifer King (Soil, Water and Climate and EEB) and Sarah Hobbie (EEB) received a $570,000, four-year NSF grant to study photodegradation of plant litter in grassland ecosystems.

Dr. Mark Bee, EEB, received a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship award from the Graduate School for a study entitled "Auditory Scene Analysis and the 'Cocktail Party Problem' in Animal Acoustic Communication." Dr. Bee is a behavioral biologist who joined EEB in Fall 2005.

Meggan Craft, EEB graduate student was awarded a Sigma Xi Research grant to conduct research on disease outbreaks in the Serengeti Park in Tanzania, Africa. Meggan is advised by Dr. Craig Packer, EEB.

Meggan Craft, EEB graduate student, has been selected to receive the 2006 Carol A. and Wayne A. Pletcher Graduate Fellowship. This is a CBS endowed fellowship that supports Ph.D. graduate students in biology. Meggan is advised by Dr. Craig Packer, EEB.

Drs. Jim Cotner (EEB) and Kristopher McNeill (Chemistry) received a three-year, $615,188 NSF grant to study "Singlet Oxygen's Role in the Photochemical-Biochemical Degradation of Dissolved Organic Carbon."

Ed Hall, EEB graduate student, won the outstanding student poster award at this year's annual meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Ed is advised by Dr. Jim Cotner.
 

Dr. Joe McFadden's research  in urban ecology was featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday, July 31. His NASA funded study addresses the role of suburban plantings on air quality.

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.