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Positions after gradation Post-doc, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Proposal Writer/Editor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Post-doc research: My research focuses on studying the quantity and effects of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition into the natural ecosystems. Cape Town is home to one of the most diverse plant regions in the world, the Cape Floristic Region with over 9000 species of which 68% are endemic. We are trying to understand how the adjacent city is influencing plant diversity and ecosystem health. We are measuring nitrate and ammonium in rainfall and cloud condensate at 30 sites in and around the Cape Town Metropolitan Area in South Africa.
PiE dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Variability of Tree Transpiration and its Drivers Along a Soil Drainage Gradient in the Boreal Black Spruce Forest
Currently on maternity leave
PiE dissertation title: Energy development and recovery in South Central Wyoming: soils, vegetation and productivity
Positions after gradation: Assistant professor of nature resource management, New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM
PiE dissertation title: The Impact of Wildland Fire and Fire Mitigation on Forest Carbon Storage
Positions after gradation: Post-doctoral researcher, University of New Hampshire Earth Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space
Post-doc research: We are currently looking for a post-doctoral associate to focus on organic nitrogen use bymycorrhizal fungi and plants, primarily through use of stable isotope and radiocarbon techniques. Lab experience and familiarity with chemical extraction techniques will be considered a plus. Research areas include a new global change experiment in northern Minnesota, the Duke FACE study, and a project examining the biogeochemical consequences of shrub expansion in the Arctic.
PiE dissertation title: Soil amino acids and plant use in a semiarid grassland exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2 and warming
Positions after gradation:
Program in Ecology: 2005-2013
PiE dissertation title: The impact of nonnative species on river otters and aquatic-terrestrial linkages in Yellowstone National Park
PiE dissertation title: The Interaction among pumas, wild camelids and grasses in the high plateaus of the Andes, Argentina
Position after graduation: Post-doctoral researcher, Washington State University in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Post-doc research: My research focuses on quantifying and modeling the spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture in dry land agriculture of the Inland Northwest. The funding project (“Site Specific Climate Friendly Farming”) will inform precision agricultural practices for highest yield, lowest greenhouse gas emissions, and most efficient use of soil water.
PiE dissertation title: Recovery of soil properties, sagebrush steppe community structure, and environmental heterogeneity following drastic disturbance and reclamation
Positions after gradation: Post-doctoral research associate, Texas State University; Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Post-doc research: I am interested in the processes affecting molecular evolution in natural populations, and the genetic architecture and evolution of barriers to gene flow between species. My research is hypothesis driven and combines theoretical analysis, the development of statistical methods, manipulative experiments, and model-based analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data. Although I study several biological systems, much of my empirical research is on butterflies in the genus Lycaeides. These butterflies are host plant specialist and are characterized by recent population divergence and geographically widespread hybridization. Currently, I am working with these butterflies to (i) test hypotheses regarding the relative roles of stochastic and deterministic processes in evolution, (ii) quantify the scale and determine possible causes of heterogeneity in genome divergence and introgression during speciation, and (iii) identify regions of the genome associated with morphological, behavioral, and fitness variation in natural populations.
PiE dissertation title: The genetics of adaptation and speciation in populations
Positions after gradation: Assistant Professor of Biology, Colorado Mesa University, website
PiE dissertation title: Temporal Variations in Riverine Fish Habitat and the Potential Responses of Fish
Positions after gradation: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Post-doc Research: My postdoctoral research seeks to quantify drivers of freshwater CO2 fluxes and ultimately create a predictive model of aquatic network CO2 emissions in northern Sweden. I will link ecosystem processes with organic and inorganic C fluxes throughout aquatic networks to clarify terrestrial and in situ physical and biological controls on large-scale patterns of network CO2 emissions.
PiE dissertation title: Patterns and drivers of carbon cycling in streams and rivers
Positions after gradation: Post-doc, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science
Post-doc research: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
PiE dissertation title: Estimating the Strength of Consumptive and Nonconsumptive Interactions between Trout and Mayflies
Positions after gradation: 1) Post-doc, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; 2) Assistant Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Post-doc research: I will be teaching two courses (Biogeochemistry and Environmental Global Change), advising graduate students, and using mesocosms to nutrient dynamic associated with Didymosphenia geminata blooms.
PiE dissertation title: Fluxes and Controls of the Contribution of N2-fixation to the N budget in Streams
Positions after gradation: 1) Post-doc, Syracuse University; 2) Research Assistant Professor, Syracuse University - website
Post-doc research: Local adaptation and sensitivity of tree species to micro-climate gradients
PiE dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Tree Migration: An Integrated Study of Ponderosa Pine Colonization and Expansion
Positions after graduation: Lecturer - Department of Ecology at National University of Mongolia
PhD Advisor: William Lauenroth
PhD Department: Botany
Positions after gradation: 1) Post-doc researcher at the Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at the University of Minnesota; 2) Lecturer, Botany, University of Oklahoma
Post-doc research: I work as part of a larger, collaborative project examining the capacity of forest management strategies to impart resilience and resistance of ecological processes to changing climate. I participate in research that assesses the impacts of long-term forest management regimes on forest-level responses to variations in weather and disturbance in northern Lake States and New England experimental forests.
PiE dissertation title: Postfire Species Shifts, and the Growth and Regeneration of Western Red Cedar (Thuja picata), a Range Margin Species, in Glacier National Park, Montana
Positions after gradation: Gaylord donnelly postdoctoral fellow, Yale Insitute for Biospheric Studies
Post-doc research: Ecology of a high, semi-arid Andean food web in Argentina, where pumas and condors interact strongly with native camelids.
PhD advisors: Steve Buskirk and Matt Kauffman
PhD departments: Zoology and Physiology and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
PiE dissertation title: The Influence of large carnivore recovery and summer conditions on the migratory elk of Wyoming's Absaroka Mountains
Positions after gradation: 1) Post-doctoral researcher, Penn State University; 2) Research Assistant, Penn State University - website
PiE dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Controls on Population and Flux Processes in Steppe Ecosystems
Positions after gradation: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology: Website
Current research: I am interested in the response of mammal populations and communities to human disturbance, particularly as it relates to developing effective conservation strategies. I work in diverse ecosystems and employ a variety of techniques, from traditional ones like live capture, radiotelemetry and observation to more advanced ones involving molecular markers, stable isotopes and mathematical modeling to answer questions relating to mammalian ecology and conservation.
PiE dissertation title: Ecological Studies of the American Marten
Positions after gradation: Postdoctoral associate, Département de biologie, Université du Québec à Rimouski. Website
Post-doc research: I'll be working on developing landscape and regional-scale forest productivity models to predict the effects of climate change on transitional temperate/boreal forest in the northeast.
PiE dissertation title: The evolution of landscape structure: Eco-evolutionary dynamics drive spatial variation in serotiny in lodgepole pine
Positions after gradation: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Spatial Ecology Laboratory of the Institute of Arctic Biology at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Website
Post-doc research: Analyzing the impact of changing fire frequency, and thawing permafrost on vegetation distribution and terrestrial biogeochemistry of boreal forest and arctic tundra in Alaska. This project is largely simulation model based within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model framework.
PiE dissertation title: Winter soil respiration in southeast Wyoming
Positions after gradation: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Vienna, Department of Limnology. Website
Post-doc research: Architecture of carbon fluxes in fluvial networks
PiE dissertation title: Sources, fates, and export of organic carbon in the Colorado River Basin
Recently returned from a five-month trip traveling from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt.
PiE dissertation title: Landscape Reconstruction and Analysis of Historical Structure and
Disturbances in Dry Western Forests Using General Land Office Survey