Arboriculture students place 2nd in competition

A team of Stockbridge students recently went to Georgia for the PLANET Student Career Days, sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network. They were new to this competition, but that didn’t hinder them from making a great showing: placing second out of 41 teams in the arboriculture event.  Dan Cohen and Chris Pineau, juniors in the Urban and Community Forestry program participated in the arboriculture competition. Pineau, who placed second in the tree climbing event, had the following comments: "The PLANET competition was great place to send student for a variety of experiences that would not occur on campus. The opportunities were pretty much endless from meeting new folks to getting jobs or just explore a different part of the country. I introduced my self to several employers and interviewed with one company. It was also great to see how well our professors have educated/trained us, it was really obvious during the competition." For more information see story at http://www.umass.edu/giving/news/article/26/....
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BMAWT student receives Senior Leadership Award

Congratulations to Devon Brooks (senior in BMATWT, 2008) for being awarded the prestigious Senior Leadership Award. Only a select few student receive this award from various disciplines across campus. Senior Leadership Award The Senior Leadership Award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. Award recipients have distinguished themselves through important contributions to student organizations and campus jobs, through academic excellence, and through public and community service....
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Arboriculture & Community Forestry Students become Certified Arborists

Six Arboriculture & Community Forestry students took the Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA) exam on April 3rd 2008. Kyle Andrejczyk, Rich Bailey, Max Ford-Diamond, Peter Haupt, and Rich Mattson all passed the exam to become MCA's. The MCA is a voluntary certification program initiated in 1957. Since the program¹s inception, more than 800 tree care professionals have obtained the MCA designation. The purpose of the MCA program is to enhance the skills and knowledge of Massachusetts arborists, to raise the level of public awareness as to the importance of working with trained professionals, and to provide a means of self-improvement and continuing education for the certified professional. The exam tests an arborist's knowledge a variety of topics including plant health care, tree identification, arboricultural safety, pruning, cabling, tree risk assessment, and transplanting.  ...
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Lynn Adler and Paige Warren receive $450,000 NSF Grant to Study how Urbanization Affects Natural Selection

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists are fundamentally interested in how interactions among organisms influence their distribution, abundance, and evolution. Substantial variation in natural selection has been documented across habitats. The goal of this study is to understand how a ubiquitous form of spatial habitat variation, urbanization, alters patterns of natural selection on a native plant through changes in species interactions. Some of the most rapidly increasing habitats are those dominated by humans. The ecological consequences of land-use change associated with housing development (urbanization) include lower native species diversity, increased density of the remaining species, shifts in community composition, and changes in hydrology and ecosystem function. These ecological changes likely have implications for contemporary selection pressures experienced by native species. Plants interact simultaneously with myriad visitors, including mutualists (such as pollinators) as well as antagonists (such as herbivores, florivores, and nectar robbers). Both mutualists and antagonists have been implicated in the evolutionary diversification of host plants via selection on attractive and defensive traits....
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