Urban Forestry graduate student analyzes infected street trees in Worcester, MA

In August, Asian long-horned beetle (ALB), an invasive and potentially devastating insect pest of maples and other trees, was discovered in Worcester. As part of her M.S. thesis, Mollie Freilicher, a graduate student in Urban Forestry, analyzed street trees in several communities in Massachusetts, using the Street Tree Analysis Resource Tool for Urban Forest Managers (STRATUM). Her report is the first comprehensive assessment of street trees in Worcester, and will facilitate reforestation efforts after trees infested with ALB have been removed. Link: Report (PDF)...
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Conservation Genetics Position Announcement

Title: Assistant Professor – Conservation Genetics Appointment: Academic Year (9-month) – Tenure Track Available: Earliest appointment date is September 1, 2009 Application: Review of applications begins January 5, 2009. Search will continue until the position is filled. The Position: The candidate is expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that help to meet the research needs of state, federal and non-governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations with Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Organismic & Evolutionary Biology graduate programs; and develop an innovative teaching program that incorporates new initiatives in teaching and learning. Teaching responsibilities include an undergraduate conservation genetics course, a graduate-level course in applied conservation genetics, and contribution to a graduate-level sequence of courses in the design and analysis of ecological data. Successful applicants will be expected to supervise graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. Qualifications: The focus of this position is conservation genetics with emphasis on genetic and evolutionary applications to problems of conservation biology, landscape ecology and...
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Arboriculture Students Place Top Honors in Tree Climbing Competition

The New Hampshire Arborist Association held its annual tree climbing competition in Hanover, NH on September 28th. Among the competitors were Eliot Beals and Kyle McCabe, current UMass students, as well as Andrew Putnam, who graduated in 2006. Kyle, shown here performing the work climb--in which a climber moves around the tree simulating pruning tasks--placed 1st overall, a great accomplishment. Andrew finished 2nd overall, and, in his first competition, Eliot demonstrated that he will be a contender in future competitions. Dr. Dennis Ryan, who helped judge the competition, described all three climbers as glowing examples of students from the Arboriculture & Community Forestry program....
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Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Science Position Announcement

The Department of Natural Resources Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is seeking applications for a 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Science. Position will emphasize fish-habitat relationships, fish population biology, and/or aquatic ecosystem management and will focus on human-impacted freshwater, estuarine or coastal ecosystems. Research topics include, but are not limited to: effects of climate and land use changes on aquatic and fish communities, restoration of aquatic communities, and/or impacts of contaminants and exotic species on aquatic environments. Previous teaching experience at a university level is desirable. A doctoral degree in Fisheries Science or Ecology field is required. Expertise relevant to urban-wild-land interfaces is preferred. The candidate will be expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that help to meet the research needs of state, federal and non governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations; and develop an innovative teaching program at the undergraduate and graduate levels incorporating new initiatives in teaching...
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Research on composite lumber could expand use of sustainable material

"Two campus researchers are developing computer models to predict the strength of structural composite lumber (SCL), which could broaden the use of the sustainable material in large building projects. Peggi Clouston, associate professor in Wood Mechanics, and Sanjay Arwade, assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, are creating the computational tools with a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation." http://www.umass.edu/loop/talkingpoints/articles/77011.php...
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