Faculty Aimee Classen and Nate Sanders taught a Maymester class in Costa Rica focusing on suitability issues. In addition to visiting many farms and conducting field experiments, students conducted trail maintenance in Monteverdi.
Graduate students Jeremiah Henning (Classen Lab) and Quentin Read (Sanders Lab) were just invited to participate in the Boreal Forest Ecology Course in Sweden. The course, led by David Wardle at SLU (http://www.seksko.se/en/research/researchers/senior-researchers/70-david-wardle.html) is competitive to get into and attracts students from around the globe.
Undergraduate student, Sarah Wood (Classen Lab), was awarded a Sigma Xi grant in aid of research (http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/) for her undergraduate thesis work on how ants in Colorado alter ecosystem processes. Only 30% of ecological applications are awarded and most of these go to graduate students. Sarah will be spending part of her summer in Alaska working as a summer researcher in microbial ecology, but will come back to finish up her work on ants.
Undergraduate Brandy Pieper (Classen Lab) was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation REU fellowship this summer to work in Puerto Rico at the LTER Luquillo Forest site. You can follow Brandy’s summer field work on her blog: http://www.pieperstravels.blogspot.com.
The most popular paper in the Quarterly Review of Biology over the past three years, based on downloads, is “Homosexuality as a Consequence of Epigenetically Canalized Sexual Development” by Rice, Friberg, and EEB Distinguished Professor Sergey Gavrilets. This paper has been accessed 29,788 times, over fourfold the number of accesses of the next most popular paper in the journal’s history.