The Poulsen Lab at Duke University is seeking an outstanding postdoc to contribute to a NSF-funded project. The goal of the project is to test the hypothesis that depletion of megafauna, specifically African forest elephants, in tropical forests has cascading effects on remaining fauna and flora, destabilizing forest dynamics.
Interested in applying? Visit our "Working With Us" page or click the link below to learn more about the position.
John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received an $848,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of declining elephant populations on Africa’s forests.
Poulsen’s new five-year NSF CAREER grant will enable him and his students to investigate if the loss of these ecological engineers will change the forests and alter the vital ecosystem services such as timber, medicine and food that they provide.
Poulsen’s grant #1845649) was awarded through NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology.
To read more, visit the original article at: https://nicholas.duke.edu/news/new-848k-nsf-grant-will-fund-study-how-elephant-declines-are-affecting-african-forests
For Duke undergrads and MEM students - if you are interested in ecology and conservation, check out this opportunity to conduct research on seed dispersal by elephants: https://bassconnections.duke.edu/project-teams/mega-gardeners-tropical-forests-modeling-seed-dispersal-forest-elephants-2018-2019.
See an interesting article on elephants and bees in the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/science/bees-elephants-.html
Lab alumnus, Dr. Cooper Rosin, has been offered (and accepted) a postdoctoral position at UW-Madison working with Dr. Paul Zedler in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. Congratulations, Cooper!
Now this is an elephant you can poach: Megan brought elephant cookies for lab meeting! The only downside is that they weren't life size! They were as delicious as they were cute.
Sally Koerner, a past postdoctoral researcher in the Poulsen lab, has been hired as an Assistant Professor at UNC-Greensboro. Congratulations, Sally!
Cooper and Rachel hosted an end-of-year get-together in their Hillsborough cabin. Lots to celebrate - 4 graduations, a successful prelim defense, and 2 new jobs.
DURHAM, N.C. – Cooper Rosin, a 2017 doctoral graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been named winner of this year’s Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Manuscript.
Rosin was honored for his paper, “Hunting-induced Defaunation Drives Increased Seed Predation and Decreased Seedling Establishment of Commercially Important Tree Species in an Afrotropical Forest,” which was published October 7, 2016, in the peer-reviewed journal Forest Ecology and Management.
Stanback Dean Jeffrey R. Vincent announced the award to the Nicholas School community today (May 10).
Rosin will be acknowledged at the school’s Recognition Ceremony for graduates and their families on Saturday, May 13. He will receive a $3,000 award and a framed certificate as this year’s winner.
Rosin’s research sheds new light on how defaunation caused by widespread hunting in tropical forests alters the plant-animal interactions that drive seed dispersal and tree recruitment there.
He conducted the study with his advisor, John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology, who co-authored Rosin’s paper.
Funding for their research came from the Duke University Graduate School and the Garden Club of America.
The Nicholas School has presented the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Manuscript annually since 2008 to recognize excellence in graduate student research.
Amelia Meier passed her prelims on Thur., May 4 with flying colors! She is off this summer to collect her dissertation on elephant group behavior.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research focuses on tropical forest plants and animals and their conservation and management.