Field season is in full swing as the Record Lab embarks on its third season of sampling tree seedlings in the Harvard Forest ForestGEO plot. In June we welcomed colleagues, Dr. Andrew Latimer and Paige Kouba from UC Davis. Paige is staying on at Harvard Forest to help with the census. Fun times!
Kyra Hoerr (BMC ’20) and Dr. Sydne Record co-wrote a successful Global Bryn Mawr grant to study mistletoes in New Jersey and the United Kingdom. The grant will pay for Kyra to do field work next winter in the U.K. with our collaborator Roberto Salguero-Gomez at Oxford. It will also pay for some field work in New Jersey to set up a sister study on mistletoes and pay for Rob to visit Bryn Mawr to give a talk on his awesome COMADRE and COMPADRE global demography databases.
Last week, Dr. Sydne Record had the chance to visit the beautiful National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado for a meeting hosted jointly by NCAR and the National Ecological Observatory Network. The meetings goal was to work toward greater success in predicting the earth system via greater synergies between ecologists and climate change modelers.
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.