Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Honors student Eliana Geretz receives Young Botanists AwardEliana Geretz, a graduating senior, has been awarded a Young Botanists Award from the Botanical Society of America, Inc. Eliana, pictured here to the right of her supervisor Dr. Myla Aronson, was recognized for her investigation of the distribution of mosses (bryophytes) in the Philadelphia metropolitan region over time and across an urban-rural gradient. Eliana examined tree mosses in 15 parks from Philadelphia's city center to the outer suburbs. Over the summer of 2014, Eliana surveyed each park, identifying the mosses and trees within each park. She also synthesized 5 historic floras of Philadelphia ranging from the 1700s to the early 1900s for all bryophyte species.
Dr. Siobain Duffy receives prestigious Rutgers awardsNewly tenured Siobain Duffy received the Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence and a Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in recognition of her outstanding scholarly and teaching accomplishments at Rutgers University. Siobain pursues a remarkably integrative cross-section of techniques and questions in her research on viral evolution, and her combination of pure and applied approaches has ensured the translational relevance of her research with the potential for practical application of evolutionary principles. Her teaching is outstanding in its breadth and novelty, and her commitment reflects an astounding level of engagement in course development and teaching. Siobain's awards are richly deserved -- Departmental congratulations go out to Siobain!
Plants of the future - superevolutionary plants thrive in extreme environments on campusHow would you like to live in an asphalt crack? You wouldn't! Yet the plants that inhabit these extreme habitats are not only surviving, but thriving. Dr. Lena Struwe, leads a team of researchers studying these "super-evolutionary" weeds in the first of two new episodes on urban plants. watch the video
Our interdisciplinary department specializes in ecology, evolution, and natural resource conservation. We study the evolutionary origins and maintenance of biodiversity, conserving and restoring native ecosystems, and issues of global change such as managing natural resources within urban ecosystems.