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    "I learned a lot while I was in Alaska—everything from identifying tundra vegetation to what to do if a bear attacks." — Genna Waldvogel

    Genna WaldvogelEnvironmental sciences major, intern at Alaska field station, conductor of research project on seasons and streams. More about Genna >>

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    "I felt a strong sense of community in RSENR." — Kelsey Head

    Kelsey Head Environmental studies major, student educator with the UVM Watershed Alliance, creator of environmental curriculum for young people, intern, volunteer coordinator. More about Kelsey >>

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    "I directly contributed to the outcome of the project." — Joshua Carrera

    Joshua Carrera Natural resources major, social activist, co-creator of online course, participant in travel study to Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador and beyond, delegate. More about Joshua >>

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    " I was looking to learn and broaden my experience in the wildlife biology and education fields." — Flavio Sutti, Ph.D. student

    Flavio SuttiPh.D. candidate in natural resources, Consultant biologist in Italy, master in wildlife biology, researching landscape context as a framework for agricultural systems. More about Flavio >>

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    "I care deeply about forests, and I have come to care passionately about working with horses in the woods." — Ethan Tapper

    Ethan TapperForestry major, horse logging intern studying forest management and impact of horses working in the woods. More about Ethan >>

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Wednesday April 16, 2014
Woodstock Union High School on Rt. 4 outside the village of Woodstock.
100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT
Place: Davis Center 4th Floor

On-line Application, including abstract:

Opens: Monday, February 24th

Monday, March 24th at 5:00pm

Eligibility: The SRC is open to all medical, graduate, and undergraduate students working on a research or creative project with a UVM faculty member. Research and creative projects at any stage of completion are welcome. Please note that while the conference title is the Student Research Conference, our definition of research includes all research, scholarship, creative work and innovation.

We provide support in the form of workshops and online tutorials. Go to the SRC calendar for information on upcoming events.

The conference also serves as a resource for students who are not yet involved with research but wish to learn about how to engage in research pursuits. We hope that the faculty, staff, and students who are not presenting will attend the conference as visitors so they can see the outstanding research, scholarship, and creative works of our student population.

If you have any questions about the 2014 SRC, please send an e-mail to or call Andrea Elledge at 802 656-8867.
Amy Dickman, Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, will give a free, public lecture on “Warriors, Witchcraft & Women: Carnivore Ecology and Conservation in Tanzania’s Ruaha Landscape,” in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.
The University of Vermont Foundation is pleased to invite you to the University’s first investiture of endowed faculty on this Wednesday, April 16, at 3:30pm in Ira Allen Chapel. Investiture ceremonies are symbolic traditions dating to the Middle Ages, when early European universities honored their scholars with elaborate rituals. This new tradition at UVM will further elevate the stature of endowed faculty positions, which rank among the highest honors the University can bestow, and will highlight the importance of endowed positions in their support of the academic enterprise.

The UVM Foundation is proud to have a role in both facilitating and now celebrating this unique confluence of academic excellence and individual philanthropy.

There is no need to RSVP if you are interested in attending.

The Climate Reality Project presents "Our Climate Reality" by Chad Nichols at Alumni Auditorium of Champlain College at the corner of Maple and South Willard Streets in Burlington.

Community by community, we are demading action on climate change. Join us for a presentation on the impacts, solutions, and what you can do to help drive action. This event is hosted by a Climate Reality Leader, one of over 6,000 dedicated volunteers in 100 countries around the globe who has been personally trained by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about climate change.
Thursday April 17, 2014
Assessing Source-Sink Dynamics of the Chagas Disease Vector, Triatoma dimidiata, in high-risk communities in Guatemala

By Lucia C. Orantes

Seminar: 9:00 am, Aiken 103
Defense: 10:00 am, Aiken 103

Kimberly Wallin, Associate Research Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Sara Helms Cahan, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Advisor
Donna Rizzo, Professor, School of Engineering, Committee Chair
Leslie Morrissey, Associate Professor, RSENR, Committee Member

This research aims to understand the small-scale distribution and migration of Triatoma dimidiata, a vector of Chagas disease, within two towns from Jutiapa, Guatemala. Triatoma dimidiata is the main vector of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi in Central America, where the number of communities at risk of infection is steadily increasing. Currently, most control efforts focus on eliminating the vector from households through the use of insecticides; however, T. dimidiata is capable of living in both domestic and sylvatic environments. This variation in habitat quality may allow populations to behave as a source-sink system, where outdoor habitats are reservoirs, and indoor habitats are colonization sinks. Consistent with this hypothesis, T. dimidiata is likely to re-infest sprayed houses within the same year of treatment.

I will integrate the use of high-throughput genetic data and geospatial tools to test whether source-sink dynamics can explain spatial and temporal patterns of infestation within the towns of El Chaperno and El Carrizal in Guatemala. To understand the spatial movement patterns of the vector, I will quantify genetic connectivity of individuals within each town and detect any clustering patterns that can indicate domestic reservoirs. To assess the relative importance of external migration versus local colonization, I will look at the population genetics of re-infesting populations after seasonal migration and pesticide fumigation. This work will increase the understanding of source-sink dynamics of T. dimidiata, assess the impact of migrants in domiciliary environments, and quantify the effectiveness of fumigation in vector populations.
Fire, Gaps, and Deer: The Roles of Multiple Interacting Disturbances in Eastern Hardwood Forests.
Presented by Alex Royo, Research Ecologist, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service.
Friday April 18, 2014
Aiken 112

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