Katherine Kahl and Graduate Student, Amanda Davis Receives Collaborative Research Seed Grant

Katherine Kahl and Graduate Student, Amanda Davis Receives Collaborative Research Seed Grant

Courtesy of UMass News & Media   ADVANCE Team Announces Collaborative Research Seed Grant Recipients October 25, 2019 The ADVANCE program has announced that two research teams are recipients of ADVANCE’s first Collaborative Research Seed Grants. The competitive grants aim to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among faculty. Recognizing longstanding gender gaps in the academy, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds universities to build institutional transformation programs in order to advance gender equity for faculty in science and engineering. Through the power of collaboration, ADVANCE cultivates faculty equity and inclusion—especially for women and minorities in science and engineering. Two winning teams demonstrated innovative research and well thought-out and equitable collaborations. One team will be working on the project "Elucidating mechanoselective adhesion and antibiotic resistance for catheter-associated bacterial infections using genomics approaches.” The principal investigators for this team are: Lauren Andrews, Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow, assistant professor, department of chemical engineering Jessica Schiffman, James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow, associate...
Read More
ECo Faculty among USDA Forest Service Specialist’s Recognized for Excellence

ECo Faculty among USDA Forest Service Specialist’s Recognized for Excellence

Dr. David Bloniarz, USDA Forest Service and University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation was among two specialists that received a 2019 President’s Award from the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The award was given in recognition of the valuable, sustained contribution Dr. Bloniarz has made to urban forestry. Dr. Bloniarz works to provide critical assistance to states and other partners in promoting urban forestry in the Massachusetts and the Northeast region. He is internationally known for his work with i-Tree software that was developed by the U.S. Forest Service and partnering organizations that facilitates the assessment of value of urban trees in providing environmental services to communities.   To read more, visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/inside-fs/recognition/forest-service-employees-recognized-long-term-contributions-urban-forestry        ...
Read More
Removing Maine River Dams Can Boost Eco-connections

Removing Maine River Dams Can Boost Eco-connections

Courtesy: Umass News & Media Relations  10/2/2019 From their modeling study of fishes and ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine earlier this year, researchers led by graduate student Beatriz dos Santos Dias and her advisor Adrian Jordaan, environmental conservation and director of the Gloucester Marine Station, report that modeling demonstrates that improving river-ocean connectivity by removing dams not only makes more food available to larger species, but would enhance overall ecosystem functioning. They believe this is the first study to use historical, landscape-based estimates of anadromous fish species – those that return from the ocean to freshwater rivers to spawn – in the Gulf of Maine to model ecosystem responses. Increasing the numbers of forage fish such as river herring and Atlantic herring could promote energy flow in the gulf and benefit many other species, such as Atlantic cod, flounder and wildlife including marine mammals and seabirds, they note. Details are in a recent issue of PLOS ONE. “Our study highlights the benefits of increased...
Read More
Graduate Student, Lucas Griffin’s Tarpon Research Featured

Graduate Student, Lucas Griffin’s Tarpon Research Featured

By Mark Wilson, FOX 13 News Posted Aug 02 2019 02:43PM EDT Video Posted Aug 02 2019 02:50PM EDT Updated Aug 02 2019 02:53PM EDT ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (FOX 13) - With the tarpon population believed to be in decline, a non-profit group is employing new state-of-the-art trackers to better understand and protect Florida's most-prized sport fish. In the waters off Little Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande, charter fishermen like Captain David Hutcherson hook up with the silver kings, get their photos, then allow them to be tagged and tracked. "They're beautiful, they're so powerful," said Hutcherson. "It really is amazing and it's worth conserving." On a steamy July morning, Hutcherson has a full boat, with FOX 13 cameras and JoEllen Wilson and Lucas Griffin of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. Hutcherson spots a tarpon, casts quickly and hooks up in mere seconds. What follows is a heart-pounding, awe-inspiring dance of the silver king as the 100-pound fish leaps out of the water, twisting and turning until it eventually frees itself of the hook. "Awww, so close,"...
Read More