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RSENR Community Notes

March 2013

Featured Stories in the Media

Alien Entrees
Conservation biologist Joe Roman with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics was featured in the New Yorker's “Talk of the Town” for his unorthodox method of controlling invasive species: he cooks and consumes them — with style. Green crabs, introduced from Europe and now voracious and prolific, often out-competing native North American shore dwellers, Roman suggests enjoying soft-shelled in spring, sauté in butter, garnishing with parsley and serving with French bread. Roman has also teamed with a New Haven sushi chef to turn pesky burdock into a comestible glazed with soy sauce and honey, “to give locals a taste of their own backyards.” Read the story at (subscription required)... or contact University Communications.

Long Walks, Deep Thoughts
In his essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Robert Manning, professor in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, explores the “biomechanical marvel” of bipedalism along with the powerful historical connection between walking and philosophy, scholarship, literature, human rights protests and spirituality, from Aristotle to Martin Luther King. Of John Muir, Manning says, “His walks offered him deep insights into our relationship with the natural world, writing, ‘I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for, going out, I found, was really going in.’” The piece is excerpted from his book, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People. Read the story at (subscription required)... or contact University Communications.

The Energy Costs of Oil Production
Eric Zencey, a fellow with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, interviewed on Public Radio International's “The World,” explains that renewable energy sources are yielding a higher rate of return than oil, asserting that, “the age of oil should be over.” Zencey also talks to “The World” about reconsidering traditional measures of GDP, advocating “gross domestic transactions,” to factor in additional barometers of productivity and of national happiness. Read the stories at The here... and here...

Climate Change Threat Looms Over Ski Industry
David Kaufman of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources talks to The Boston Globe about the potential evolution of ski resorts as the potential for erratic weather appears to grow. Read the story at

Happiness, GDP, and the Presidential Race
An opinion piece for on a global movement proposing that emotional well-being is as significant to measure as GDP (evidenced by a groundbreaking high-level meeting at the UN last April), notes that Vermont is one of the first U.S. states to embrace the idea, charging UVM's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics with developing recommendations. Read the story at

Fishing With Dolphins: An astonishing cooperative venture in which every species wins but the fish.
Research Assistant Professor, Joe Roman, from the Gund Institute, shares an amazing story with Slate Magazine about the symbiosis between marine mammals and local fisherman to catch more fish in Laguna, Brazil. Read the story at

Planet Action Empowers Work-Study Success
In an independent study class taught in Spring 2011 by Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Lecturer and Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, five UVM students worked with project managers in Mexico, Colombia and France to leverage Planet Action resources and achieve winning results. Read the full article at either of these links:

Wild pollinators increase crop fruit set regardless of honey bees
Taylor Ricketts, Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, is a co-author of a recent study published in Science that highlights the importance of the interaction between wild pollinators and production of animal-pollinated crops. Read the UVM story here. Read the full article in Science here.


Books Written and Edited by RSENR Faculty

Zale, A. V., D. L. Parrish, and T. M. Sutton, editors. 2012. Fisheries techniques, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Manning, R. and L. Anderson. 2012.  Managing Outdoor Recreation: Case Studies in the National Parks. Oxfordshire, England: CABI Publishing, 243 pages.

Manning, R. and M. Manning. 2013. Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 243 pages.

Pipkin, Bernard W., Trent, Dee D., Hazlett, Richard, and Paul Bierman. January 2013. Geology and the Environment, 7th Edition. Thomson Brooks/Cole.

McEvoy, Thom J. March 2013. : Planning Family Forests -- How to Keep Woodlands Intact and in the Family. Forestry Press, 296pp.  Stories of forest-owning families from around the U.S. and the various strategies they’ve used to keep their lands intact and in the family.



Groffman, P.M.; Rustad, L.E.; Templer, P.H.; Campbell, J.L.; Christenson, L.M.; Lany, N.K.; Socci, A.M.; Vadeboncouer, M.A.; Schaberg, P.G.; Wilson, G.F.; Driscoll, C.T.; Fahey, T.J.; Fisk, M.C.; Goodale, C.L.; Green, M.B.; Hamburg, S.P.; Johnson, C.E.; Mitchel, M.J.; Morse, J.L.; Pardo, L.H.; Rodenhouse, N.L. 2012. Climate change effects are manifest in complex and surprising ways in the northern hardwood forest. BioScience 62:10561066.

Comerford, D. P.; Schaberg, P.G.; Templer, P.H.; Socci, A.M.; Campbell, J.L.; Wallin, K.F. 2013. Influence of experimental snow removal on root and canopy physiology of sugar maple trees in a northern hardwood forest. Oecologia 171:261-269.

Richardson A.D.; Carbone, M.S.; Keenan, T.; Czimczik, C.I.; Hollinger, D.Y; Murakami, P.F.; Schaberg, P.G.; Xu, X. 2013. Seasonal dynamics and age of the stemwood nonstructural carbohydrates in temperate forest trees. New Phytologist 197:850-861.

Munkhzul, T., B. Buuveibaatar, J. Murdoch, R. Reading, and R. Samiya. 2012.  Factors affecting home ranges of red foxes in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia.  Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 10:51-58.

Davie, H., J. Murdoch, N. Erdene Naran, J. Ariunbold, S. Batdorj, and R. Reading.  2012.  Bat diversity at Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia.  Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 10:33-40.

Zapletal, M., B. Sodnompil, J. Atwood, J. Murdoch, and R. Reading. 2012.  Home range characteristics and habitat selection by Daurian hedgehogs (Mesechinus dauuricus) in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve. Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 10:41-50.

O'Neil-Dunne, J.P.M.  2013.  Massive LiDAR Processing with SCALGO.  LiDAR Magazine, 3 (1). URL:

Riemann, Rachel, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, and Greg Liknes. 2012. Building Capacity for Providing Canopy Cover and Canopy Height at FIA Plot Locations Using High Resolution Imagery and Leaf-Off LiDAR. In General Technical Report NRS-P-105. Baltimore, MD: USDA Forest Service.

Lovasi, G.S., O’Neil-Dunne, J.P.M, Lu, J.W.T., Sheehan, D., Perzanowski M.S., MacFaden, S., King, K.L., Matte, T., Miller, R.L., Hoepner, L.A., Perera, F.P., and Rundle, A. 2012.  Urban Tree Canopy and Asthma, Wheeze, Rhinitis, and Allergic Sensitization to Tree Pollen in a New York City Birth Cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives. doi:10.1289/ehp.1205513

Thurow, R. F., C. A. Dolloff, and J. E. Marsden.  2012.  Visual observation of fish and aquatic habitat.  Chapter 17, In: A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish, and T. M .Sutton, eds., Fisheries Techniques 3rd ed., American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Zale, A. V., T. M. Sutton, and D. L. Parrish. 2012. Conducting fisheries investigations. Pages 1-13 in A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish, and T. M. Sutton, editors. Fisheries techniques, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Ivakhiv, Adrian J. and Catherine M. Tucker. 2012. Nature, Science, and Religion: An Introduction, Chapter 1 and Religious (Re-)Turns in the Wake of Global Nature: Toward a Cosmopolitics, Chapter 11 In: Tucker, Catherine M.  Nature, Science, and Religion: Intersection Shaping Society and the Environment. School for Advanced Research Press. Santa Fe, NM.

Dahiya, A; J. Todd & A. McInnis. 2012. Wastewater Treatment Integrated with Algae Production for Biofuel. The Science of Algal Fuels, Eds. R. Gordon & J. Seckbach. Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Series. Pp. 447-66: Springer Netherlands. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5110-1_24.

Herbst, S. J., J. E. Marsden, and B. J. Lantry.  2013.  Lake whitefish diet, condition, and energy density in Lake Champlain and the lower four Great Lakes following dreissenid invasions.  Trans. Am. Fish. Soc. 142:388-398.

In December of 2012, the George Wright Forum published a special thematic edition entitled "From Model T's to computer models: integrating transportation with visitor capacity research and planning at Yosemite National Park" (cover image). This edition, guest edited by the Park Studies Lab's Nathan Reigner (senior guest editor) and Robert Manning, reports on diverse social, engineering, and historical research that develops and leverages connections between park transportation systems and the quality of visitor experiences in the park.  Reigner & Manning, along with Brett Kiser and Steve Lawson (RGS Inc.), co-authored one of the special edition's papers examining visitor's perceptions of and attitudes about crowding at park attraction sites, surveying visitors and modeling the relationships between visitor use level, visitor transportation choices, and recreation quality.  Find the special thematic edition posted on the Park Studies Lab website in the publications section (



Statham, M., J. Murdoch, J. Janecka, C. Edwards, B. Sacks.  Global phylogeography of the most widely distributed carnivore, the red fox (Vulpes vulpes).  Western Section of the Wildlife Society Conference, Sacramento, California, January 2013.

Grove, J.M., J.P.M. O'Neil-Dunne, D.H. Locke, and M. Galvin.  2013.   Managing Your Urban Forest: From Assessment to Prioritization to Maintenance. Urban Ecology Collaborative, Online Webinar, January 16, 2013.

Reemann, R., J.P.M. O’Neil-Dunne, and G. Liknes. 2012. Building Capacity for Providing Canopy Cover and Canopy Height at FIA Plot Locations Using High Resolution Imagery and Leaf-Off LiDAR. FIA Symposium 2012: Moving From Status to Trends, Baltimore, MD, December 5, 2012.

Bob Manning was an invited speaker at the meeting of managers of parks and protected areas in Ontario, Canada.  The meeting was sponsored by the Center for Applied Science in Ontario Protected Areas and was attended by about 100 managers from across the province.  The meeting was held on January 31 to February 1 in Toronto.  Bob spoke on defining and managing the visitor capacity of parks and protected areas and participated in two panel sessions.

Recent Park Studies Lab graduate, Peter Pettengill PhD. delivered a talk at the National Academies' Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in January.  Pete's talk "Informing congestion management in national parks using stated-preference modeling" reviewed research designed to illuminate the underpinnings of park visitors' transportation choices.  Why do some visitors choose to drive their cars even in the face of congestion and limited parking?  Why do other visitors ride the bus even though it is less convenient than walking or biking?  By understanding the answers to these questions, park managers can better design and manage transportation systems to improve both resource protection and visitor experiences.  See a brief abstract of Pete's paper at the TRB website (

Informing Congestion Management in National Parks Using Stated-Preference Modeling - See more at:

Featured in the USDA Forest Service Chief’s nationwide weekly summary, “The Chief’s Desk” for the week of March 1, 2013:

NRS: National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council workshop

Three Northern Research Station scientists led presentations that were part of a National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council workshop titled “Urban Forestry: Toward an Ecosystem Services Research Agenda” on Feb. 25-26 in Washington, DC. Dave Nowak spoke on tools for ecosystem service evaluation, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne spoke on mapping the urban forest from above, and Morgan Grove spoke on the science and tools used in managing urban forests.


Undergraduate Student Awards

Natasha Lekach has received the prestigious New England Outdoor Writers Association Scholarship. Annually, the New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA) awards a scholarship to a Rubenstein School student at the University of Vermont.  NEOWA's purpose is to encourage excellence and professionalism in the communication media concerned with outdoor sports.  The student selected is invited to NEOWA's annual meeting, held in April in Oxford, MA, to meet members of the outdoor media.   Many of the past recipients have become leaders in the field of fish and wildlife conservation.

Natasha is this year’s recipient.  She is a senior in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program with a concentration in Wildlife Biology. Along with her studies in RSENR, she is also a pre-veterinary student. She hails from San Francisco but has a true love for Vermont. Currently, she is in her second year as a steward, and is also involved in many other aspects of the UVM community.  She is an Advocat (tour guide), a trip leader for the Outing Club, and she has completed two internships for credit in the Rubenstein School. The first was with the UVM-based Champlain Valley Carnivore Project, and the second was in Montana with the USGS Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Project.

Patrick Hurley, a RSENR senior, received a research travel grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research to undertake a design/build internship for a local composting company. He will be working with the Highfields Center for Composting to design and build edible vegetative storm-water treatment systems to help them mitigate storm water and compost leachate pollution concerns. The project includes weekly involvement of compost operations, research, design & installation of the treatment systems, and a pilot living machine to demonstrate the effects of compost leachate on aquatic ecosystems.