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Spotlight on Student Research & Outreach

2011 Spotlight
April 20th, 2011
Nifkin Alumni Lounge

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this year’s Spotlight on Student Research, held April 12, 2011, so successful.  This year’s competition featured poster presentations from both graduate and undergraduate students, where the posters were judged and prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

GRADUATE POSTER SESSION

We had a tie for first place, and it was decided to split the award money for 1st ($150) and 2nd ($100) place between:

  • 1st Place: ($125)
    Stephanie Figary, Environmental and Forest Biology
    "INVESTIGATING THE IMPACT OF AN INVASIVE ZOOPLANKTON, CERCOPAGIS PENGOI, ON THE LENGTH OF FOOD CHAINS IN NEW YORK'S FINGER LAKES"
  • 1st Place ($125)
    Sara Hansen, Environmental and Forest Biology
    "ABUNDANCE ESITMATION ON COYOTE POPULATIONS IN NEW YORK STATE VIA VOCALIZATION SURVEYS AND DISTANCE SAMPLING"
  • 3rd Place ($75)
    Abigail Larkin, Environmental and Forest Biology
    "MAPPING THE WILDERNESS PERCEPTIONS OF STAKEHOLDER GROUPS WITHIN THE ADIRONDACK STATE PARK, NEW YORK"
  • Best Research Proposal ($75)
    Mariana Nava, Environmental Studies
    "ANALYSIS OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE SOUTHWESTERN HYDROGRAPHIC BASINS OF THE DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO (MEXICO CITY)"
  • Honorable Mention ($50)
    Bryan Ellis, Forest and Natural Resource Management
    "UNDERSTANDING HOW LANDOWNER ENGAGEMENT AFFECTS FOREST MANAGEMENT"

UNDERGRADUATE POSTER SESSION

  • 1st Place ($125)
    Pamela Aracena, Environmental and Forest Biology
    "MOSS FACILITATES RESTORATION OF ALPINE ZONES IN THE MACINTYRE RANGE OF THE ADIRONDACKS"
  • 2nd Place ($100)
    Craig Hoover, Environmental and Forest Biology
    "INVASIVE MUSSELS IN NEW YORK'S FINGER LAKES: ARE MUSSEL DEMOGRAPHY, DENSITY, AND SPECIES COMPOSITION CORRELATED WITH LAKE NUTRIENT CONCENTRATIONS?"
  • 3rd Place ($75)
    Gennaro Falco, Environmental and Forest Biology
    "DETERMINANTS AND CORRELATES OF THE MIXED HARDWOOD SPRUCE-FIR MONTANE ECOTONE ON GOODNOW MOUNTAIN, ADIRONDACKS, NEW YORK"

Additional thanks:

All student participants. 

Justin Culkowski and the Alumni Office for their work in finding volunteer judges, and for the funding to support the student awards. 

Our panel of Alumni Judges who had the monumental task of evaluating so many high quality posters:  Erna Baumann ‘68, Peg Coleman ‘79, Dave Gerber ‘88, Tom Price ‘81, Paul Ray ‘73, Kelli Ramer ‘84, Bill Settineri ‘60 and Paul Wicker ’65. 

The GSA Professional Development Committee (Whitney Marshall, Megan Kirchgessner, Neal Maker, Abigail Larkin, Sarah Wilkinson, and Bhavin Bhayani) for procuring funding for graduate student awards and organizing the judging for graduate posters.

The Graduate Student Association, EFB and FNRM departments for co-sponsoring graduate student awards and helping to highlight graduate student research on campus.

Faculty and graduate student judges including: Dr. Neal Abrams (FCH), Dr. Melissa Fierke (EFB), Dr. Wendong Tao (ERE), Dr. Lindi Quackenbush (ERE), Dr. Ted Endreny (ERE), Dr. Bandaru Ramarao (PBE), Dr. Theresa Selfa (ES), Dr. Biljana Bujanovic (PBE), Dr. Jack Manno (ES), Dr. Ruth Yanai (FNRM),  Dr. Mark Teece (FCH), Neal Maker (FNRM) and Ajay Gupta (GPES) who dedicated their time to both judge and provide feedback during the Spotlight.

Paul Otteson and Aaron Knight for their work on the web-based abstract submission and the Spotlight web site.

Jacqueline Frair and the Committee on Research: Mark Teece, Martin Dovciak, Timothy Volk and Giorgos Mountrakis, for their valuable assistance in coordinating all aspects of the Spotlight on Student Research and Outreach.

Theresa Kaier-May in the Office of Research Programs for providing the delicious array of food at the event!

Congratulations!
And thank you to all of the individuals who made this such a successful event.

Sincerely,
Neil H. Ringler
Vice Provost for Research


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