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Mar 2, 2009

Shawn Devlin, a fourth year ES Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, was recently honored with a Biology Award for Research Excellence (BARE) of $800 from the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State. These awards are funded through a number of departmental fund raisers, including the annual Department of Biological Sciences Golf Scramble.  Shawn’s award-winning research involves the use compound specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA) of Phospholipid Fatty...

Feb 9, 2009

Yvonne Vadeboncoeur (Biological Sciences) and Pete McIntyre (University of Michigan) have received news that their proposal entitled “Consumer control of high-productivity low-nutrient ecosystems: Enhancement of primary productivity by grazing fish in Lake Tanganyika” will be funded by NSF for $850,000. Lake Tanganyika is the second largest lake in the world, and its nearshore, or littoral, waters are home to hundreds of fish and invertebrate species found nowhere else in the world. Fish...

Oct 9, 2008

Dr. Tom Rooney, along with his co-editor Don Waller at the University of Wisconsin, published "The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife."  The book's thirty chapters examine changes in Wisconsin over the past several decades.  Individual chapters explore changes in habitats like wetlands, prairies, lakes, and forests, while others focus on particular taxonomic groups like birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, and plants.  This book is the first in North America to...

Oct 1, 2008

Dr. Steve Higgins recently received a 3-year grant from the US Department of Energy to study the long-term behavior of rocks and minerals exposed to CO2-bearing fluids in an effort to test the viability of various proposed geologic containment strategies. His project titled "Kinetic complexity of mineral-water interface reactions relevant to CO2 sequestration: Atomic-scale reactions to macroscale processes" involves a collaborative effort between WSU and Lawrence...

Oct 1, 2008

Dr. John Stireman studies insects and their interactions with other organisms in order to explore fundamental problems in ecology and evolution. In just two and a half years, John has been funded by two separate grants from the National Science Foundation-at a time when funding at NSF has plummeted to historic lows. Dr. Stireman has a strong record of publication, with a total of 14 peer-reviewed research articles published or in press since he began at Wright State University in 2005,...

Sep 9, 2008

Arijit Guin and Ramya Ramanathan are ES Ph.D. students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, advised by Profs. Bob Ritzi and David Dominic. They have been supported on the three NSF grants listed below. Their work aims to develop a high resolution model for the processes of subsurface fluid flow and mass transport. They are using a geometry-based approach to simulate the stratal architecture of the subsurface and the corresponding heterogeneous aquifer properties developed...

Aug 18, 2008

Wright State ES Ph.D. faculty and students co-authored 24 presentations at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Milwaukee on August 3-8. Presentations were authored by ES faculty John Stireman, Tom Rooney, Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, Jim Runkle, and Don Cipollini, along with ES students Sean Devlin, Jim Milks, and Jeremy Heath. This was by far the largest contingent that Wright State has ever sent to the Ecology meetings and is a sure sign of Wright State's growing influence...

Jun 14, 2008

Drs. Sweta Bose and Kathryn Barto received their Ph.D. degrees after successful defenses of their dissertations in Spring 2008. Congratulations to the program's first Ph.D. recipients!

Jun 11, 2008

Kathryn Barto, who will graduate in Spring 2008 as the second graduate of the ES Ph.D. program, was recently honored as our program's recipient of the Graduate Excellence award for 2008 from the School of Graduate Studies. Kathryn is often recognized as the leader of her cohort and is a recipient of a competitive EPA GRO fellowship. She tackled a controversial topic in plant ecology and mastered a wide array of techniques and statistical tools in her research, which she can eloquently...

May 20, 2008

University of Dayton, leading a partnership with The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Miami University were recommended for $23,448,718 in funding for a proposal to develop the Ohio Academic Research Cluster for Layered Sensing and enable the compilation of world-renowned layered sensing intellectual capital in Ohio to establish Ohio as the undisputed academic leader in layered sensing. Layered sensing is defined as taking a multitude of diverse and distinct sensor...

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