Tree Climbing Competition Results

On Saturday April 21st, 12 students from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Stockbridge School's Arboriculture program competed in the annual tree climbing competition held on campus. In the preliminary events, Luke Longstreeth won the belayed speed climb, Eric Swennes won the footlock, Jason Wood came in first place in the work climb, and Bryan Westlake won the throwline. The overall winner was Ethan Dangelo, followed closely by Jay Sigman and Jon Macomber.   Mark Reiland, a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Conservation organized this year's event. Faculty members Brian Kane and Dennis Ryan also helped out; Dr. Kane remarked, "I was so impressed by how much all of the students have improved their climbing since I taught them in the intro climbing class!" Several alumni  helped to judge events and donated prizes. You can watch a video of some of the events here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBa1bILUmxg....
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Tree Climbing Competition

On Saturday April 21st from 9am to mid-afternoon, we will be holding our annual student tree climbing competition near parking lot 52, which is across N. Pleasant St. from the Newman Center. The competition consists of five events (here's the footlock event:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VVJPZvqLZE&list=UUfFVOLDilyN1McLZSi4js_Q&index=14&feature=plcp) that simulate climbing challenges that arborists face while pruning trees. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, so please stop by to check out the action....
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Graduate Student, David Stormer, Earns Best Poster from Pacific Estuarine Research Society

David Stormer just earned the best poster at the 35th Pacific Estuarine Research Society (PERS) meeting.  The title of the poster was: Occurrence, abundance, and developmental stage of a parasitic nematode in juvenile bluefish (Pomatomas saltatrix) inhabiting the Hudson River estuary.  The authors were: David Stormer (Wildlife & Fisheries PhD student), Jessica Lajoie (NRC undergraduate class of 2011), Francis Juanes (ECO adjunct professor)....
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