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.
Our paper in Current Biology on the 80% decline of forest elephants in Minkébé National Park, Gabon has just come out. The results are depressing, but will hopefully contribute to change in policy and encourage investment in the conservation of forest elephants. Here are a couple of a radio broadcast about the paper and a video produced by the Nicholas School with ANPN..
Below are news links about the paper.
And, some international links to stories:
La caza furtiva acaba con el 80% de los elefantes en una reserva ..
Afrikas Waldelefanten durch Wilderei vom Aussterben bedroht
Zahl der Waldelefanten sinkt dramatisch
Die Zahl - 25.000
Dramatischer Rückgang der Waldelefanten
Cri d'alarme pour l'éléphant d'Afrique centrale
Em dez anos, 25 mil elefantes foram mortos na maior reserva da ...
Caça ao marfim mata 80% dos elefantes de uma reserva no Gabão
Stropers doden 80 procent van alle bosolifanten in Gabon
Dr. Chris Beirne just started a post-doc position in the lab! He will start his position with an introduction to Africa -- heading out to do field work in mangroves and tropical forests in Gabon and Congo. Welcome, Chris, to the lab!
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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.