Tag: Forest Ecology and Management

Second Century Stewardship 2018 Research Fellowships

request for proposals was recently announced for the Second Century Stewardship 2018 Research Fellowships. The Second Century Stewardship initiative is a partnership among National Park Service, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Schoodic Institute.
Proposals are due October 23. There will be an informational webinar on September 13 at 1pm eastern. Those interested can register here for the webinar.
The goal of the fellowships is to support early-career researchers (assistant professors, postdocs, grad students, researchers at NGOs, etc.) to do research and communication that help NPS and other organizations adapt and respond to changing human-natural systems. The research must be relevant to Acadia National Park, but can include other areas too.
We encourage proposals from researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including natural and social sciences, and proposals that cross disciplines.
Each proposal may request up to a total of $20,000 for research over 1-2 years. The Second Century Stewardship partners will also provide mentorship, communication training and support, and other types of support for each fellow.
Sincerely,
The Second Century Stewardship Team

Research Forum Wednesday

All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the 10th Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, in the atrium of  U. J. Noblet Forestry Building.

Undergraduate and graduate students working in ecosystem science and biotechnology will present their research posters in separate competitions. Awards and pizza will follow.  Please join us.

For more information, contact Jill Fisher, program manager for the ESC, at jhfisher@mtu.edu, or Mary Tassava, staff assistant for the BRC, at mltassav@mtu.edu.

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10th ESC/BRC Student Research Forum Seeking Submissions

The Ecosystem Science Center and the Biotechnology Research Center invite graduate and undergraduate students conducting research related to ecology, the environment or biotechnology to submit titles and abstracts for poster presentation for the 10th Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum sponsored by both centers and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

The event will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, Mar. 19, in the Atrium of the UJ Noblet Forestry Building.

Please note, the abstracts are due Feb. 25.

The forum allows students working in these fields an opportunity to present their research to their peers and faculty. Graduate and undergraduate researchers participate in separate divisions.

We invite student participants to present their advanced or preliminary research findings as a research poster. Cash prizes will include one grand prize and up to four merit awards for each center in the graduate student division and one grand prize for each center in the undergraduate student division. Each student may present only one paper but may be included as a coauthor on others.

For more information, contact Jill Fisher, program manager for the ESC, at jhfisher@mtu.edu, or Mary Tassava, program manager for the BRC, at mltassav@mtu.edu

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IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) opportunity

Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, hosts a selected group of graduate students, primarily doctoral, from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).  These students work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects related both to their thesis research and one or more IIASA research programs.

Application deadline is January 13, apply online.

For students selected to participate, funding is available for travel and living support, principally from IIASA’s twenty-one National Member Organizations (NMOs), who fund primarily students from NMO countries.  However, applicants from all nations are eligible to apply, and some unrestricted fellowships  are available.

IIASA is an international, nongovernmental research institution located just outside Vienna, Austria, supported by its twenty-one National Member Organizations.  IIASA is known for its interdisciplinary research, combining natural and social sciences with integrated assessment techniques and advanced mathematical methodologies, with a goal of providing policy insight on issues of regional and global importance in the following fields:

GLOBAL PROBLEM AREAS

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Food and Water
  • Poverty and Equity

PROGRAM AREAS

  • Energy
  • Transitions to New Technologies
  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Ecosystem Services and Management
  • Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • World Population
  • Risk Policy and Vulnerability
  • Water

New theses available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering


Sara Alian
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Ann L Maclean
Thesis title: Assessment of Aspen and Northern Hardwoods Extent in Thirty Three Counties of Upper/Lower Michigan

Jeff Benjamin
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: Sound as Artifact

Emily Bouckaert
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Verifying Success of Artificial Reefs in the Huron-Erie Corridor for Lake Sturgeon

Wilbel Brewer
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Ching-An Peng
Thesis title: Induction of Microalgal Lipids for Biodiesel Production in Tandem with Sequestration of High Carbon Dioxide Concentration

Miles Corcoran
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Factors Affecting Diporeia Growth Rates in Lake Superior

Carley Feese
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Yue Li
Thesis title: Assessment of Seismic Damage of Buildings and Related Environmental Impacts

Rachel Griesmer
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Andrew John Storer
Thesis title: Beech Bark Disease Distribution and Resistance in Michigan and Fungal Endophyte Ecology of Resistant and Susceptible Beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.)

Yi Jiang
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Zhengfu Xu
Thesis title: Maximum Principle Preserving High Order Schemes for Convection-Dominated Diffusion Equations

Kokkada Pruthul Ravindranath
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Molecular Modeling of PMR-15 Polyimide

Laura Matkala
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Rodney A Chimner and Harri Tapani Vasander
Thesis title: Influence of Vegetation Removal and Altering Water Levels on CO2 Flux Rates of a Northern Bog

Sarah Menassian
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Validation of a ‘Displacement Tomography’ Inversion Method for Modeling Sheet Intrusions

Xue Mi
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Caryn L Heldt
Thesis title: Electrospun Quaternized Chitosan Fibers for Virus Removal from Drinking Water

Alexander Michels
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Aleksey Victorovich Smirnov
Thesis title: Paleomagnetic Study of the Portage Lake Volcanics Exposed in the Quincy Mine

Sharil Patrale
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Multiscale Modeling of Liquid Crystalline/Nanotube Composites

Parawee Pumwongpitak
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen A Hackney
Thesis title: Dysprosium Transport in Nd-Fe-B Pellets

Haley Rupp
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Chandrashekhar Pralhad Joshi and Bjorn Sundberg
Thesis title: Effects of Ethylene on Secondary Xylem Formation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Alistair Smith
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Erik Lilleskov and Helja-Sisko Helmisaari
Thesis title: The Role of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi on Fertilized and Unfertilized Nursery Grown White Spruce

Alexis Sullivan
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Oliver Gailing and Maria R Garcia-Gil
Thesis title: Speciation with Gene-Flow in Eastern North American Red Oaks (Quercus section Lobatae)

Kouame Isaac Yao
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Is the U.S. Shale Gas Boom Having an Effect on the European Gas Market?


NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2014-2015 academic year.  This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 3, 2014, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 17, 2014.

The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals.  Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 14 solicitation index page – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 14” announcement.  Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 14 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system.  The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal.  To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register.  Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 14 solicitation index page listed above. Register in NSPIRES.

For further information contact:

Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov

Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail: hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov


WWF funding and fellowship opportunities

The Luc Hoffmann Institute pursues synthesis ideas that will deliver cutting edge results with a clear pathway to application for decision makers and civil society practitioners in WWF’s key focus areas.  WWF focus areas can be broken into goals focused onpriority places and priority species, and goals focused on reducing human impact, or the human footprint.  Many of these goals receive additional focus through WWF’s Global Initiatives.

Our next call for full proposals is JANUARY 5th, 2014.  For this call, we are accepting proposal ideas across the full suite of WWF focus areas, with a particular focus on synthesis proposals relevant to the goals of WWF Global Initiatives, as well as proposals that explore trade-offs and consequences of alternative social, economic, and ecological futures in the greater Yangtze River area.

To allow enough time to make the next proposal deadline, we recommend that you send us your proposal ideas no later than December 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions related to our process, or in submitting your idea, please contact Emilie Cavallo at ecavallo@wwfint.org.

Proposal submission is a two-step process.

Step 1: Submit an idea

We want to hear from research professionals from any organization and geographic location.  If you have a synthesis idea that fits into our areas of focus and that you think the Luc Hoffmann Institute should explore further, please submit your idea to us, in a 1-2 paragraph format at: submissions@wwfint.org.

In presenting your idea, please indicate how the work benefits both people and nature, and explain the relationship of the work to WWF conservation efforts.  Research ideas that do not clearly state potential or actual WWF collaborators will not be considered.

Step 2

All synthesis ideas will be reviewed by the Luc Hoffmann Institute as they come in.  When an idea appears to have strong alignment with WWF conservation goals and strategic potential for the Luc Hoffmann Institute, as well as a champion within WWF, we will ask the researcher who submitted the research idea to submit a full proposal, collaboratively, with at least one WWF staff member.

In producing the full proposal, the Research and WWF Lead will be expected to engage the WWF global network at the strategic and senior level, to identify the key questions at the heart of your research idea, and to identify the experts who should be part of your Collaborative Research Team.


New Theses in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Cagri Abis
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Kalman Filter Approaches on Crane Swing

Zainab Alshoug
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Thesis title: Production of Recombinant Trichoderma Reesei Endoglucanase Protein Cel7B by Using Kluyveromyces Lactis

Regina Baiden
Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Sue Collins
Thesis title: The Celebrity Burden: Celebrity Campaigns in the Pursuit of Humanitarianism

Kyle Bordeau
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Agent Based, Distributed Control Strategies and Optimization of Plug-In Electric Vehicles on Smart/Microgrid Architectures

Shubham Borole
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Gerard T Caneba and Tony Neal Rogers
Thesis title: Surfactant-Oil Interactions: Foaming & Toxicity

Keri Deneau
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Linda Marie Nagel and Jorg Brunet
Thesis title: The Effects of Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) on Understory Vegetation and Soils in a Northern Hardwood Forest

Tim Gebuhr
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Robert Edgar Froese and Michael J Falkowski
Thesis title: Applications of LiDAR Remote Sensing of Forest Structure in the Upper Great Lakes Region, USA

Adam Kantor
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: John E Beard
Thesis title: Implementation of a Variable Compression Ratio Mechanism in a Four Cylinder Engine

Cassandra Ott
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Rodney A Chimner
Thesis title: Carbon in the Peatlands of the Great Lakes Region of North America

Aaron Poznanovic
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Michael J Falkowski and Ann L Maclean
Thesis title: Geospatial Analysis of Western Juniper (Juniperusoccidentalis) Encroachment Utilizing Remotely Sensed Data

Karl Romanowicz
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Advisor: Erik Lilleskov
Thesis title: Plant-Mediated Effects on Microbial Diversity in Mesocosms of an Oligotrophic Bog

Mary Snyder
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Catherine Sophia Tarasoff
Thesis title: Local Use and Management of Tasba (Senna obtusifolia) in the Traditional Food System of Sanguere Paul, North Cameroon


New Theses and Dissertations Available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics


Yiru Chen
Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Advisor: Victor B Busov
Dissertation title: Regulation of Woody Plant Development by Auxin and Polar Auxin Transport

Aaron DeWahl
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen A Hackney
Thesis title: Faulted Structures in Li Ion Exchanged NaMO2(M=Ni0.25Mn0.75)

Stephanie Groves
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Susan T Bagley
Dissertation title: Ethanol Production from Hardboard Manufacturing Process Wastewater: Methods for Improving Product Yields from Hemicellulose Hydrolysates

Alexandria Guth
Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
Advisor: James R Wood
Dissertation title: Spatial and Temporal Evolution of the Volcanics and Sediments of the Kenya Rift

Meagan Harless
Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Casey J Huckins and Thomas Grant Pypker
Dissertation title: Effects of Chemical Deicers on Amphibian Communities

Melanie Kueber Watkins
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: David W Hand
Dissertation title: Characterization of a Coal Fly Ash-Cement Slurry by the Absolute Foam Index

Federica Lanza
Master of Science in Geology
Co-Advisors: Gregory Phillip Waite and Alessandro Tibaldi
Thesis title: Evaluating Stress Patterns for Plio-Quaternary Brittle Deformation along the Calama-Olacapato-El Toro Fault Zone, Central Andes

Chen Liao
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Shiyan Hu
Dissertation title: Strategic Optimization Techniques for FRTU Deployment and Chip Physical Design

James Pidgeon
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Jeffrey Donald Naber and John H Johnson
Thesis title: An Experimental Investigation into the Effects of Biodiesel Blends on Particulate Matter Oxidation in a Catalyzed Particulate Filter during Active Regeneration

Sarah Poznanovic
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Christopher Raymond Webster and Joseph Kelty Bump
Thesis title: Promoting Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems Using Ecological Forestry

Alison Regal
Master of Science in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Co-Advisors: Louisa Dominique Raisbeck and Paul Ward
Thesis title: Skill Acquisition and the Influence of Attentional Focus and Practice

Michael Rittenour
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Scott Andrew Miers and Jason R Blough
Thesis title: Cold-Start Emissions Testing of Snowmobiles Using Ethanol and Gasoline

Neila Salvadori
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Veronica Webster Griffis
Thesis title: Evaluation of Non-Stationarity in Annual Maximum Flood Series of Moderately Impaired Watersheds in the Upper Midwest and Northeastern United States

Joel Suss
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Advisor: Paul Ward
Dissertation title: Using a Prediction and Option Generation Paradigm to Understand Decision Making

Scott Wagner
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Co-Advisors: William John Emblom and Craig R Friedrich
Dissertation title: Analysis of a Non-Traditional Micro Tube Hydroforming Process

Mimi Yang
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Advisor: Pushpalatha P N Murthy
Dissertation title: Enhancement of Heterologous Expression of Alkaline Phytase in Pichia pastoris

Huan Zhang
Master of Science in Computer Science
Advisor: Chaoli Wang
Thesis title: Animated Transition in Similarity-Based Tiled Image Layout

Xiaoliang Zhong
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
Advisor: Ravindra Pandey
Dissertation title: Electron Transport in Low-Dimensional Nanostructures -Theoretical Study with Application

Bonnie Zwissler
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Oommen
Thesis title: A Study of the Impacts of Freeze-Thaw on Cliff Recession at the Calvert Cliffs in Calvert County, Maryland