The Do’s and Don’ts of Monitoring Many Wildlife Species at Once

The Do’s and Don’ts of Monitoring Many Wildlife Species at Once

Courtesy: UMass News and Media Relations  UMass Amherst ecologists name pitfalls of older methods and recommend best practices February 25, 2020 Contact: Kadambari Devarajan AMHERST, Mass. –  A new analysis of 92 studies from 27 countries conducted by ecologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that many recent multi-species studies of wildlife communities often incorrectly use the analytical tools and methods available. Technology such as trail cameras and drones have “revolutionized wildlife monitoring studies” in recent years, says organismic and evolutionary biology doctoral student Kadambari Devarajan, who led the study, “but if not properly used in well-designed research, they will compromise the reliability of the results obtained.” Devarajan and co-authors report that the number of studies reporting community-level data has dramatically increased from fewer than five in 2009 to more than 50 in 2019. They believe that given the growth of ecological studies at the community level, it is important to identify the pitfalls that could arise from incorrectly applying certain methods and inconsistencies in reporting results,...
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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...
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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        ...
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