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RSENR Community Notes

Updates from our students, alumni, faculty and staff

This is a sampling of Rubenstein School community notes. In future issues, we hope to include many more tidbits about what our students, faculty, staff and alumni are doing. To contribute, please send your submissions to shari.halik@uvm.edu. Alumni can also submit bio updates using our alumni update form.

Assistant Professors Kimberly Wallin and Jed Murdoch gave presentations to the Vermont Coverts group at the Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton, VT in September. Kimberly's presentation focused on the impacts of invasive insects and Jed's presentation focused on habitat fragmentation effects on carnivores.

Sara Williams (MS-NR '12), whose master's research focused on the effects of habitat fragmentation on carnivores in Vermont, was selected for a highly competitive Ph.D. position at the University of Montana. Her research there will focus on humpback whales in Alaska in collaboration with the National Park Service.

Rebecca Stanfield McCown (MS-NR '06; PhD-NR '11), who works for the National Park Service in Woodstock, VT, won the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration's best Doctoral Dissertation award for 2012. Her dissertation has been selected as the top dissertation of the three finalists by the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration Best Paper Award Committee. Rebecca travels to Anaheim, CA this month to receive her award and present a paper.

Associate Professor Jason Stockwell was an invited speaker at the Conservation and Ecology of Marine Forage Fishes Symposium held at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories on September 13 and 14.

Fifteen undergraduate students worked in the Rubenstein School Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) over the summer, supporting a broad range of research projects. The SAL, in collaboration with the University of Maryland and the U.S. Forest Service, has been funded by NASA to continue development of a framework for estimating local-scale, high-resolution carbon stocks and future carbon sequestration potential using remote sensing and ecosystem modeling. The goal is to demonstrate an approach that provides the basis for the rapid expansion of a carbon monitoring system from two counties in Maryland to the entire state for ultimate application nationally. The project will also be carried out in Addison County, VT. Lab Director Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne gave a workshop to over 40 researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD entitled, "Object-based feature extraction using LiDAR point clouds and imagery."