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Dr. Becci Foster, Director Belize Jaguar Program, Panthera

Saving the Mesoamerican Jaguar 

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2 pm, 110 Moon Library

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology

After starting her career in Oxford University's WildCRU, Dr. Foster completed her Ph.D. from University of Southampton studying large felids in Belize's protected and private landscapes. She has since published multiple studies on jaguar behavior, density, and dietary habits. Dr. Foster also closely works with governmental, non-governmental, and community stakeholders in carnivore-livestock conflict throughout Belize.


Graduate Student Association Speaker Series

Ms. Kristin Metz

Education Consultant, Boston, MA


Wed., February 18, 2015, 12:45 pm, location tba

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association

Kristin Metz is an Education Consultant helping schools and districts build capacity to use outdoor instruction to improve teaching and learning. As Director of Education for the Boston Schoolyard Initiative from 2000-2013, Kristin led Boston Public Schools (BPS) to a position of national leadership in taking teaching outdoors; created the Science in the Schoolyard program; produced curriculum support materials distributed nationally by the Full Option Science Program (FOSS®); and received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her impact on teaching and learning in Boston and beyond. She has an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.



Adaptive Peaks

Dr. Abby Darrah

Post Doctoral Scholar, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY ESF


February 26, 2015, 4 pm, 5 Illick Hall

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology

Dr. Abigail "Abby" Darrah is a postdoctoral scholar with research interests in tropical ornithology, avian social behavior, and the impacts of habitat and land use on bird distributions and abundance.  Her current research focus on development of a decision support tool for use of nest exclosures in management.  She holds a BS in Biology from Ohio University, and a MS and PhD from the University of Arkansas. Prior to her position at ESF, she held a post-doc at the University of Arizona/US Geological Survey. Adaptive Peaks Schedule and information.


Adaptive Peaks/WiSE Professions

Dr. Katharina Dittmar

Associate Professor, Evolutionary Parasitology, and Director, Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB), U Buffalo


Thursday, March 5, 2015, 4 pm, 5 Illick Hall

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology and the ESF Women's Caucus

Dr. Dittmar is an evolutionary biologist who uses interdisciplinary approaches including molecular biological and bioinformatics methods with population genetics to answer questions related to understanding the genetic basis of adaptive evolution and the mechanisms by which new functionalities of genes evolve.   Her organismal expertise relates to blood-feeding arthropod vectors, specifically in the orders Diptera (flies) and Siphonaptera (fleas). She teaches courses on Evolutionary Genetics;  Medical Entomology and Parasitology; Microbial Genomics; and a Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (Grad), and Microbial Genomics.  She holds a DVM-PhD (Veterinary Medicine, Parisitology) from the University of Leipzig, and completed a postdoc in Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology at Bingham Young University. Adaptive Peaks Schedule and information.


WiSE Professions Speakers/Hydrology & Biogeochemistry Seminar/Environmental Scholars

Dr. Kathy Licht

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Tuesday, March 31, 3:30 pm, Gateway Event Center

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Resource Engineering, Environmental S[title]cholars Program, Graduate Student Association, and the ESF Women's Caucus.

Dr. Kathy Licht, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), will discuss her work on the impact of the global climate systems in Antarctica, in this joint presentation.  Dr. Licht's research focuses on "understanding the history of the Antarctic ice sheet so we can better understand what causes it to advance and retreat and how that fits in with the global climate system."  Dr. Licht earned IUPUI's School of Science Research Award (2014).  She advises IUPUI's Geology Club and has served on the advisory board of the Women in Science House.  She holds a a BS, Natural Sciences, St. Norbert College, and a MS & PhD, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder. 




All presentations are free and open to the public.  Parking is available in Syracuse University's Irving Avenue Parking garage (area map; close up).  The fee is $3.50 for the first hour, $2 for each additional.

Presented by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
and The ESF Women’s Caucus

Last updated 01/27/15


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