Doctoral Student, Wulan Pusparini’s, Research “Saving the Last Groups of Wild Sumatran Rhinoceros” Featured

Doctoral Student, Wulan Pusparini’s, Research “Saving the Last Groups of Wild Sumatran Rhinoceros” Featured

Courtesy of UMass News and Media Saving the Last Groups of Wild Sumatran Rhinoceros UMass Amherst, Wildlife Conservation Society use enhanced population survey techniques September 16, 2015 Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444   AMHERST, Mass. – Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Indonesia Program carried out an island-wide survey of the last wild population of Sumatran rhinoceros, and now recommend that wildlife conservation managers consolidate the small population, provide strong protection for the animals, determine the percent of breeding females remaining and “recognize the cost of doing nothing.” Lead author Wulan Pusparini, a UMass Amherst environmental conservation doctoral student who also works for the WCS, says the new study provides vital data to support a final attempt to prevent the Sumatran rhino’s extinction. She notes, “Sumatran rhinos can still be saved in the wild, but we must secure these protection zones, which would require significant investments in additional law enforcement personnel.” The study for the first time identifies priority forest protection zones...
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Simi Hoque among recipients of Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. $1 million grant

Simi Hoque among recipients of Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. $1 million grant

Courtesy: Masslive AMHERST - The National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program has awarded a three year, $1 million grant to three University of Massachusetts researchers and others to work with Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. The money will be used to develop smart energy services that will improve grid efficiency, encourage energy conservation and promote local renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar, according to a press release. Smart grid experts Prashant Shenoy, a computer science professor, and David Irwin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, with green building expert and professor in the environmental conservation department Simi Hoque, are co-principal investigators on the project. The new grant follows a $200,000 pilot project funded last year by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and carried out by Shenoy and a UMass Amherst team at HG&E that demonstrated how smart electric meters save money and power. Shenoy, Hoque and Irwin, with others at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Williams College in Williamstown, will use...
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Alumnus, Mike Chase receives the San Diego Zoo Global’s 2015 Conservation Medal for Conservation in Action for his work with Elephants Without Borders

Alumnus, Mike Chase receives the San Diego Zoo Global’s 2015 Conservation Medal for Conservation in Action for his work with Elephants Without Borders

Mike Chase ’07 PhD, Environmental Conservation, received the San Diego Zoo Global’s 2015 Conservation Medal for Conservation in Action for his work with the nonprofit he founded, Elephants Without Borders, providing data on the status of elephants and other wildlife, identifying cross-border corridors, and discovering new migration routes. Chase is a former student of Curt Griffin, who also does research for the organization.   http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/2015/08/20/san-diego-zoo-global-awards-conservation-medals-to-two-scientists-working-to-save-elephants/...
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