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Generosity of local farmer creates national impact PDF Print E-mail
KBS News
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:28
Harold and Edythe Marshall’s gift of their 300-acre farm to Michigan State University has been a major boon to understanding the ecology of new biofuel crops, producing research results with national impact by scientists at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station. Read more about thier generous gift and it's impact in MSUToday.
KBS expertise on proposed dams within Amazon river basin PDF Print E-mail
KBS Research News
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 15:23

Two KBS affiliates, MSU/KBS Professor Stephen K. Hamilton and recent KBS PhD student Jorge Celi both weighed in on proposed headwater dams and possible impacts within the Amazon River basin. "Massive dam proliferation would dismember whole river systems and isolate biological populations with damaging and lasting impacts to the levels of diversity," Celi stated. Dr. Hamilton, who studies the movement of water through landscapes stated that “sediment retention and altered flow regime could also cause destabilization of river banks and levees that local people depend on for living and farming sites.”

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KBS graduate student Elizabeth Schultheis awarded the Tracy Hammer Graduate Student Award PDF Print E-mail
KBS News
Monday, 04 May 2015 15:52

Kellogg Biological Station graduate student Elizabeth Schultheis, a Ph.D. candidate in MSU’s Department of Plant Biology, was awarded the Tracy Hammer Graduate Student Award on April 24 at MSU’s College of Natural Science Alumni Association annual award program.

With her combined research skills and strong interest in promoting STEM education, Elizabeth Schultheis is well on her way to becoming an exceptionally creative ecologist. Her dissertation research takes an integrative approach to rigorously test the oft-cited Enemy Release Hypothesis—one of the leading hypotheses explaining the success of invasive species. In addition to field experiments including more than 50 plant species, she has conducted a meta-analysis of the published literature to test her ideas across a wider range of environments and species.

Schultheis possesses a rare knack for describing complex concepts to young students in fun and engaging ways; she has published some of these techniques in education journals. As a leader in MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station outreach to K-12 classrooms, she has overseen the expansion of Data Nuggets—short datasets that provide students experience working with and graphing quantitative datasets. Her work with this program has resulted in increasing national press about these resources.

This award stipend will help make Schultheis’ research even more impressive by providing the funds necessary for her to install durable enemy exclosures that will allow her to test the robustness of her findings at the community level.

The Tracy A. Hammer Graduate Student Award for Professional Development is presented to an outstanding graduate student in support of their professional development. Nominees must be pursuing a degree in the College of Natural Science

The award was renamed in 1996 to memorialize 1995 co-recipient Tracy Anne Hammer. A native of New York, Hammer was the first dual degree candidate to pursue a doctoral degree in animal genetics through the Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine. Her research centered on canine dilated cardiomyopathy. Hammer died in a plane crash shortly before graduation and her degree was awarded posthumously.

KBS researcher Eben Gering's work highlighted in the New York Times. PDF Print E-mail
KBS Research News
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:28
Dr. Eben J. Gering, an evolutionary biologist, has published a study on the genetics of feral chickens on the island of Kauai in Molecular Ecology.  His work was recently highlighted in the  New York Times.  Read the story here.
KBS faculty member Steve Hamilton to receive the 2015 SFS Environmental Stewardship Award PDF Print E-mail
KBS News
Monday, 09 March 2015 18:50

Hickory Corners, Mich.Stephen K. Hamilton, MSU professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and associate director of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, is the recipient of the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS).

Hamilton’s work as an academic researcher and environmental steward of local (e.g., Kalamazoo River), regional (e.g., Great Lakes), and global (e.g., tropical rivers and wetlands in South America and Australia) watersheds were cited in giving him this honor.

For more than eight years, Hamilton has served as president of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council (KRWC), a non-governmental organization that works to improve and protect the health of the Kalamazoo River Watershed and serves as the public advisory council for the Superfund site on the lower river. Hamilton’s professionalism and science-based advocacy has been evident in the aftermath of the Kalamazoo River oil spill, the largest and most costly inland oil spill in U.S. history, which released tar sands oil into the river in July 2010. Hamilton has advised policy makers, clean-up crews and community members on an ongoing basis since the spill. He currently serves on a National Research Council committee charged with analyzing the environmental impacts of tar sands oil spills.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue a profession that prepares and allows me to work on behalf of the environment, and to contribute to understanding environmental problems and improving environmental literacy,” said Hamilton, who will receive the award in May at the SFS annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Hamilton’s students say they admire his passion and dedication to conservation and management of all things water. He has educated people from all walks of life about freshwater resources, and encourages exploring nature on foot, in a kayak or with a snorkel. Hamilton, who is also a professor in the Department of Zoology in MSU’s College of Natural Science, mentors students in the field and in the lab with a seemingly unlimited knowledge of water, nutrients and related ecosystem processes. It was Hamilton’s graduate students, present and former, who put together the nomination form.

The Society for Freshwater Science is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote further understanding of freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries) and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats (wetlands, bogs, fens, riparian forests and grasslands).


MSU Today highlights Dr. Jennifer Lau's research on the nitrogen cycle PDF Print E-mail
KBS Research News
Thursday, 05 March 2015 21:03
Read the article about Dr. Jennifer Lau's research on the nitrogen cycle here.
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