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KBS expertise on proposed dams within Amazon river basin PDF Print E-mail

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.”

To read the full article please visit:

http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0604-sri-kimbrough-andean-headwater-dam-impacts.html

 
KBS researcher Eben Gering's work highlighted in the New York Times. PDF Print E-mail
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.
 
MSU Today highlights Dr. Jennifer Lau's research on the nitrogen cycle PDF Print E-mail
Read the article about Dr. Jennifer Lau's research on the nitrogen cycle here.
 
Undergrad researchers present at symposium PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to the undergraduate researchers who presented posters at the 2014 KBS Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on Wednesday, August 6. For a gallery of photos, please visit the KBS Facebook page. Projects included:

  • "Eggs-pressing condition: What do House Wren eggs say about the female?" Aaron Aguirre, MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club, Getty Lab. Mentor: Cara Krieg.
  • "Do soil microbial communities from cropping systems of varying diversity account for differences in yields?" Olivia Barrera, MSU Plant Biology, Gross Lab. Mentors: Kay Gross and Karen Stahlheber.
  • "Listening to what females have to say: Female song characteristics may communicate fighting condition to rival House Wrens." Alexandra Burnett, MSU Zoology, Getty Lab. Mentor: Cara Krieg.
  • "Multi-mutualist effects on arthropod communities and plant performance." Sara Carabajal, Humboldt State University, Lau Lab. Mentors: Kane Keller and Susan Magnoli.
  • "Using community weighted means to understand compositional changes over time in restored southwest Michigan prairies." Madeleine Cleary, MSU Fisheries and Wildlife, Burdvig Lab. Mentor: Chad Zirbel.
  • "Land use history and soil microbial communities affect plant invader success in prairie restorations." Kent Connell, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Lau Lab. Mentor: Tyler Bassett.
  • "Effects of nitrogen disposition on the mutualistic qualities of rhizobia." Nolan Foust, Kalamazoo College, Lau Lab. Mentor: Tomomi Suwa.
  • "Ecophysiology traits related to drought resistance in annual and perennial C3 grasses." Michelle Franklin, University of Michigan, KBS Resident Mentor. Mentor: Mike Grillo.
  • "Sorghum growth and production in soils from different switchgrass varieties." Katie Grantham, MSU Environmental Biology/Zoology, Gross Lab. Mentor: Karen Stahlheber.
  • "Safety in numbers: Bufo americanus tadpoles school together when predators are near." Maxwell Grezlik, MSU Environmental Biology/Zoology, Gross Lab. Mentor: Sara Garnett.
  • "Plasticity and evolution of algae cell-size under thermal stress." Farhana Haque, University of Texas - Austin, Litchman Lab. Mentors: Jakob Nalley and Daniel O'Donnell.
  • "Sustainable pest control in agricultural systems." Gabriel King, MSU Department of Entomology, Lau Lab. Mentor: Jeremy Jubenville.
  • "The effect of NOx emissions from soil on plant photosynthetic activity." Michele Lozano Dominguez, Arizona Western College, Robertson Lab. Mentor: Ilya Gelfand.
  • "Are competitive interactions between clover and spotted knapweed driven by evolutionary differences in rhizobia?" Gabe Price, St. Ambrose University, Lau Lab. Mentors: Jen Lau and Dylan Weese.
  • "Effect of rhizobia on pollination and herbivory rates." Lauren Taylor, St. Ambrose University, Lau Lab. Mentors: Jen Lau and Dylan Weese.
  • "How to make biodiesel" and "Effects of weed presence and spatial arrangement on a soybean and sorghum strip intercropping system." Alex Whitlow, MSU Biosystems Engineering, MSU Extension and KBS LTER. Mentors: Julie Doll, Dean Baas, Dennis Pennington, Santiago Utsumi.
  • "Soil nitrogen and carbon measures sensitive to management on KBS LTER." Alessandra Zuniga, New Mexico State University, Robertson Lab. Mentors: Brendan O'Neill and Christine Sprunger.
 
Robertson contributes to landmark USDA report PDF Print E-mail

Phil Robertson, director of KBS’s Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program, is among Michigan State University researchers who helped shape "a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities...."

Read more in the MSU Today article linked here.

 
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