Monitoring carnivores is hard: most of these species are rare, live in remote areas and avoid contacts with humans. In addition, targeting multiple species results in specific challenges that biologists have to address considering the differences in habitat use, movement patterns and behaviour among all the species of interest. In particular, camera trapping of multiple species of carnivores requires specific considerations to increase the otherwise low detection rates. Additionally, this increase in detection should be homogeneous among species.
Conservation Sciences graduate student Julia Leone was awarded a three-year Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation. She is studying the impacts of grazing and fire management on prairie remnants in Minnesota and assessing how these different management regimes affect native plant species richness and diversity, as well as pollinating insects (bees and butterflies). She took a few moments for a CFANS Q&A.
More evidence of how CFANS researchers are taking on the next generation of problems in genetics and crop improvement: Research by post doctoral associate Ana Poets is being featured in the most recent issue of the journal G3 (Genes, Genomes, Genetics). In the paper lead author Poets and co-author Professor Kevin Smith state that the effects of both recent and long-term selection and genetic drift are readily evident in North American barley breeding populations.
For the last three years, Emily Ellingson (Applied Plant Sciences, M.S.) has spent her days studying and growing a single type of tree: the eastern hemlock. Ellingson, who is advised by Stan Hokanson and Jim Bradeen, is utilizing microsatellite markers to determine genetic diversity within Minnesota’s native eastern hemlock population in the hopes of improving conservation efforts for the tree.
The Third National Adaptation Forum, held last week at the St. Paul River Center, showcased CFANS departments, centers, and research teams that are tackling issues related to climate adaptation. More than 1,000 people from 49 states attended.
Conservation Sciences graduate student Mike Verhoeven was awarded a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. He is researching impacts of the invasive macroalgae, starry stonewort, on native plant diversity in Minnesota lakes and response of the invader to management actions. He took a few moments for a CFANS Q&A.
Sujaya Rao, Ph.D., has accepted the position as head of Entomology. Professor Rao will bring to CFANS enthusiasm and passion for the position and is excited to chart the next course for the department.
Professor Rao will leave her position of IPM and Pollination Entomologist and Director of Undergraduate Research at Oregon State University (OSU), and will assume her position in CFANS on September 29, 2017.
The University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is hosting the 2017 MN Youth Institute on the St. Paul campus on Monday, May 15th. The program, which has been hosted by CFANS since 2008, engages high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. Before the event, students research a solution to a food security issue in a developing nation, submit a short paper about the solution and on May 15, more than 150 students will come to campus to present their solutions to research, business and legislative leaders in a roundtable discussion.
The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) has awarded Deborah Swackhamer (former WRC co-director) the Warren A. Hall Medal in honor of her lifetime achievements in water resources research and education. Dr. Warren A. Hall, known worldwide for his active involvement in water resources research and education, was one of the founders of UCOWR. The Warren A. Hall Medal is a memorial established by friends and family to recognize exceptional accomplishments and distinction of an individual in the water resources field.