ESF faculty and researchers are at work internationally advancing knowledge in a variety of fields. Many ESF students undertake research and study abroad experiences in nations around the globe. Visiting professors and research colleagues come from numerous partner universities worldwide. Click on the map pins to learn more about ESF's international reach.
Graduate student Hongyi Hu visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to carry out experiments with staff scientists there. While at NCAR, Ms. Hu used FTIR to determine the ratio of products of the CH2DO• + O2 reaction, which produces HCH=O (normal formaldhyde) or DCH=O. The ratio of production of these isotopologues of formaldehyde strongly affects atmospheric HD/H2 ratios, observations of which are used to evaluate the global budget of molecular hydrogen. This work led to a publication in a special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.
Ms. Hu also investigate the competition of normal and perdueterated methoxy radicals (CH3O• and CD3O•) reacting with O2 and NO2. Together with measurements of the rate constant of these methoxy radicals reacting with NO2, measured by one of Ms. Hu\'s colleagues at ESF, this enables determination of the rate constant for methoxy radicals reacting with O2. These represent the first measurements ever for CD3O•, and the first measurements for CH3O• below room temperature. The results will help refine our understanding of the mechanism of these reactions, and help scientists predict rate constants for related species less amenable to experimental investigation.
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My research draws on observational wetland plant survey and environmental metric data collected through the National Park Service\'s Rocky Mountain Inventory & Monitoring Network to test how native richness, funcional group frequency, and wetland type influence patterns of non-native plant species occurence and abundance.
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Most newly emerging diseases in humans are zoonotic, with 40% of those found in the tropics originating in wild primates. Several lines of evidence suggest that anthropogenic disturbances such as human encroachment upon tropical forests, agriculture, deforestation, and climate change all play an important role in transmission between people and wildlife. However, the pathway by which ecological change leads to pathogen emergence is still not fully understood. In order to identify the role that humans play in emerging parasitic diseases and to understand the causal chain leading to pathogen transmission, this study measured indicators of forest degradation, collected human and Ecuadorian mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) fecal samples, and analyzed gastrointestinal parasites within both species using morphological and genetic methods. For further details of the project, please visit: http://rkthb.co/11900
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ESF student Kate Zogby with support from ESF professors Ted Endreny and Andy Saunders designed the interpretive pieces (paintings, signs, natural history text) for the Emerald Hummingbird Visitor Center in the Honduran Bosque Muy Seco project area. This was a 4 month project with Kate traveling to Honduras as part of the Ecological Engineering in the Tropics course in April 2008 and then returning for her fall 2008 semester to complete the project. This reserve has captured international attention for its effort to protect the dry forest habitat the Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae) from the pressures of poorly controlled cattle grazing.
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Engineers without Borders at ESF, with Dr. Endreny, worked to improve the Pico Bonito National Park access along its eastern border. The access involved assiting in the design of a gondola type basket suspended on a cable to cross the Rio Cangrejal gorge, and then stabilizing trails and trail bridges within the buffer zone of Pico Bonito NP. The EWB group worked with local eco-tourist operations and the USAID MIRA project and the Pico Bonito NP Foundation. The EWB group also provided humanitarian services, such as clothing donations, for local villages. The project was most active from 2004-2008.
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ESF Engineers without Borders students and faculty advisor Ted Endreny worked to install a community water supply in the village Buena Vista, Yoro, 22 km southwest of the town of Olanchito. The community of Buena Vista were integral participants of this project, which spanned from 2007-2013. A US Peace Corps volunteer and the family of Ricardo Steiner of Olanchito where also integral in data collection and logistics. There was financial support for this project from many sources, including student donations, National Science Foundation support for coordinated scientific research into hyporheic exchange (see publications by Mark Fabian, ESF \'2009), the Watertown Rotary Club, and Syracuse companies including Anchor QEA. The project was coordinated locally with our NGO partner ALFALIT.
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Pesticide application in Ecuador, specifically on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, is a problem that can lead to environmental degradation, loss of ecological uniqueness, and a decrease in long-term sustainable economic benefits. An increase in the import of goods and services, spurred by the demands of a rapidly growing tourism industry, has exposed the island to an invasive species problem, which makes it difficult for farmers to produce and compete in the local market. As a result, farmers have turned towards pesticide use. Substantial proactive thinking and collaborative governance are not apparent surrounding the current policies on Santa Cruz. This study looks at the narratives of Santa Cruz farmers, residents, and local officials to garner an understanding of their pesticide use. The basis for a more sustainable agricultural region in Galapagos requires a revision of policy, farmer education, and an island-based incentive program.
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In this multidisciplinary project, nitrogen transformations within a large eutrophic freshwater lake (China\'s Taihu) will be linked to taxonomic, genetic and functional diversity and activity (who is there, what are they doing and how are they doing it?). Specifically, Taihu has suffered from toxic cyanobacterial blooms in the past decade. Exactly what is driving these blooms and their associated toxicity is an important question. This lake serves as an important model system for the future of the North American Great Lakes.
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