In collaboration with Tim Harte and Irina Walsh (Russian Department), Sydne is teaching a 360 course cluster this semester entitled ‘Eurasia in the Anthropocene.’ The 15 students in the class plus Tim, Irina, and Sydne spent 16 days traveling across Russia, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Ecological highlights on the trip included hikes through the boreal forest of Siberia, the steppe of Mongolia, and the sub-tropical rainforest of Taiwan (with a visit to the Fushan International Long Term Ecological Research Site and Smithsonian ForestGEO plot).
It’s a good week in the Record Lab. Kyra Hoerr (BMC ’20) received a Hannah Holborn Gray Fellowship, which will provide her with summer funding to explore her interests at the intersection of philosophy and ecological modeling. Nia ‘Blue’ Riggins (BMC ’20) has been accepted to the Cornell Summer Research Scholars Program to expand her interests in entomology for the summer. Congrats to Kyra and Blue!!!
Check out the Bryn Mawr campus webpage this week, which features our new paper in Science. The lead author of the paper is Dr. John Grady who conducted the work in part while he was based at Bryn Mawr for his postdoc in the Record Lab. The paper received some great press in the Atlantic and the New York Times.
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While students in the Science and Society senior seminar were performing a peer review of their senior theses, Dr. Sydne Record had a chance to join colleagues in Knoxville, TN at the National Institute for Mathematic and Biological Synthesis to work on a book about remote sensing of plant biodiversity that will be published by Springer. Dr. Record’s contribution covers her NASA funded research investigating the relationships between biodiversity and geodiversity. Stay tuned for information about the book release next year.
The Long Term Ecological Research Network All Scientists Meeting was held this past week in Pacific Grove, CA. Dr. Sydne Record presented research from a cross-site LTER REU collaboration with REUs, Kyra Hoerr BMC ’20 (mentored by Sydne) and Cameo Chillcut (mentored by Phoebe Zarnetske). Dr. Record also had the chance to run a workshop on synthesis of long term community data based on work she is doing with the LTER Metacommunity Synthesis Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. What a fun week of science, whales, and sun!
Nia ‘Blue’ Riggins (BMC ’20) researched the relationships between seedlings, ants, and soil pH at Harvard Forest this summer as part of the REU Program with Dr. Sydne Record. Check out her blog post about her upcoming comic book about her experience entitled, “Blue vs. Wild.”
Congratulations to Nia ‘Blue’ Riggins for her nomination as a Francis Velay Summer Research Fellow! This summer Nia is conducting summer research with Dr. Sydne Record at Harvard Forest on tree seedlings and their responses to light and soil pH. As a biochemistry major this opportunity enables her to explore the linkages between biology and chemistry through an ecological lens.