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Ciara Kernan's recent paper in Biology Letters was highlighted in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Link.

Rebecca Finger-Higgens will begin a postdoc at the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center in Moab, UT.  The focus of the postdoc is on Climate Change, Community Ecology, and Colorado Plateau Ecosystems.

Hunter Snyder was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Polar Programs.

Fiona Jevon will begin a postdoc at Yale.

Melissa DeSiervo will begin a postdoc at the University of Wyoming.

Ashley Lang was awarded an NSF postdoctoral fellowship.

Christopher Callahan and Luke Fannin were both awarded 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Chris's proposal was on the social costs of climate change and Luke's was on the effects of ingested silica particulates on enamel thickness in West African primates.


Kathy Cottingham is named an AAAS Fellow. Link. 

Keith Fritschie has accepted a position as Upper Delaware Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator for Trout Unlimited.

Kathy Cottingham is appointed Editor-in-Chief of Ecology. Link.

Deb Goedert's paper in The American Naturalist is highlighted by the PNAS Journal Club. Link.

Jay Lennon (2004) is elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Link.

Liz Studer selected as the Guarini Graduate Teaching Award Winner and honored as an outstanding graduate TA by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. Link 1. Link 2.

Sharon Martinson (2007) featured by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in "Science meets music: What do playing the banjo and recording katydids have in common?" Link.

Luke Fannin was awarded the Dental Anthropology Association's 2019 C.G Tuner II/Cambridge University Press Poster Prize. Link

Ciara Kernan was awarded the 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her proposal on predator-prey interactions between bats and katydids.


Michael Butler Brown, Deb Goedert, and Grant Gutierrez honored as outstanding graduate TAs by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. Link.

Deb Goedert received an honorable mention for the Society for the Study of Evolution's Hamilton Award. Link.

Rebecca Finger's work on the hydrology of Arctic ponds in Greenland featured in Scientific American. Link.

Jeff Kerby featured in the alumni magazine. Link


Flora Krivak-Tetley interviewed on Vermont Edition for the road salt project. Link

Stephanie Hampton (2001) named chair of National Science Foundation biological sciences advisory committee. Link

Tyler Pavlowich featured in Dartmouth News article highlighting his work in the Dominican Republic studying the interplay of fishing practices, the health of the area's coral reefs and the local economy. Link

Ellie McNutt was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project "Plantigrady in the Primate Foot".

Flora Krivak-Tetley featured in Dartmouth News article that highlights a recent paper published in PNAS documenting the impact of road salt on freshwater lakes.  Link.

Matt Ayres featured in July/Aug 2017 issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine article "Beetle Mania".

Rebecca Finger awarded grant for Greenland research from American Alpine Club.

Jeff Kerby in National Geographic, April 2017: "Where the World’s Only Grass-Eating Monkeys Thrive"

Hannah ter Hofstede, Laurel Symes, Sharon Martinson featured on National Public Radio, All Things Considered, 4 April 2017. Sound Matters: Sex and Death in the Rainforest.

Nate Dominy and Ross Virginia named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Link. Nate and Ross join Michael Dietrich, Mark McPeek, and John Gilbert as EEES Fellows in AAAS.>

Jeff Garnas (2009) joins faculty of Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of new Hampshire. Link.

Mike Logan (2014) Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowships in Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, and named a Biodiversity Genomics Fellow in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. Website.

Laurel Symes (2013) featured in Nature regarding the application of multiple working hypotheses in science. The paper cites a recent publication by Laurel, inspired by  Dartmouth's ecology curriculum: A Practical Guide for Mentoring Scientific Inquiry.

Lizzie Wolkovich (2009) named an Early Career Fellow (2016–2020) by the Ecological Society of America for "her pioneering work on the effects of global change on the interactions among phenology, invasion biology, and community assembly"

Mark McPeek, the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  He is one of 213 new members who constitute the Academy's 236th class and will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 8 in Cambridge, MA. Link

Simone Whitecloud's studies of alpine plant ecology highlighted by CID Bioscience (link).

Sam Fey (EEB 2014) interviewed for NY Times regarding mass mortality events in animal populations, for example the current mysterious case of comon murres dying in large numbers in the Northeast Pacific.Foundation paper: Fey et al. 2015. Recent shifts in the occurrence, causes, and magnitude of animal mass mortality eventsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112, 1083-1088. Media Coverage: National GeographicKPCC Public RadioHartford Courant, BloombergCBS NewsHippo ReadsFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Audubon MagazineThe New Yorker

Andy Friedland, Environmental Studies Program and EEES, inducted as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the annual meeting in February, 2016 in Washington, DC. Link


Jessica Trout-Haney, current grad. student in Cottingham Lab and Zachary Wood (D'15) are shown in New York Times article on Greenland research: Climate Research at the End of the World.  Link

National Public Radio features Laurel Symes and her work on the acoustics of cricket calls. Link.

Lauren Culler (EEB 2013), Matt Ayres, and Ross Virginia's research on Arctic mosquitoes was featured in over 200 news articles and was the #1 trending science story on Google News on September 16, 2015. Top news outlets included Newsweek, Reuters, National Geographic, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, Smithsonian, and ABC News. Coverage of the mosquito research was aired on multiple radio stations and programs, including NPR’s Science Friday, Alaska Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Quirks and Quarks, CBC North’s morning news program, CBC Labrador, and University of Alaska Radio.

Lauren Culler (2013) awarded an NSF grant as Co-PI for the project, "A Dartmouth-JSEP partnership for international science education in Greenland." Ross Virginia is the PI. Matt Ayres and Mary Albert (Thayer) are Co-PIs.

Prof. D.G. Webster's new book, "Beyond the Tragedy in Global Fisheries" has been published. Link

Prof. Ryan Calsbeek and Beth Reinke received a pilot grant from the Hitchcock Foundation to investigate the role of integumentary pigments in freeze tolerance in wood frogs and painted turtles.

Prof. Michael Cox was awarded the Dartmouth College Wilson Junior Faculty Research Fellowship.

Prof. Nick Reo received a grant from the Neukom Institute to fund field work in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Prof. Anne Kapuscinski received a UDSA NIFA grant award for the project, “Life-cycle environmental benefits and financial resilience of integrated food-energy systems: closing the loop on nutrient, water, and energy.”

Kudos to Nina Lany (EEB 2014) for receiving the Murray F. Buell Award at the ESA meeting in Baltimore this week.

This ESA award is given for excellence in ecology to a student for the outstanding oral paper presented at the ESA Annual Meeting. Lany, now a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University, presented "Top-down vs. bottom-up is a function of temperature for forest Lepidoptera," at the Society's Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA in 2014, while completing her doctorate at Dartmouth College. The study measured the daily survival rate of caterpillars finding that negative indirect effects on caterpillars propagated through predators and food quality can outweigh the benefits of faster development time at higher temperatures. Link.

In related news, Nina, how is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Phoebe Zarnetske at Michigan State, has just been awarded a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows for her project "Improving Predictions of Climate Change Effects on Ecological Communities". Link.

Professor Becky Irwin and Dr. Leif Richardson's work on the effect of floral nectar compounds on parasite loads in bees was highlighted in the February 26, 2015 edition of Nature.


Mike Logan (2014) receives International postdoctoral fellowship from NSF for studies in Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Shira Gordon has been awarded a Traveling Fellowship from the Journal of Experimental Biology to study the biophysics of moth hearing in the Bioacoustics laboratory at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Professor Nate Dominy and colleagues relate human history with the collapse of an ancient ecological network in Egypt. Link. Link. Coverage in Science. Yeakel, J. D., M. M. Pires, L. Rudolf, N. J. Dominy, P. L. Koch, P. R. Guimarães, and T. Gross. 2014. Collapse of an ecological network in Ancient Egypt. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Kathy Cottingham gave a Plenary Address at the 2014 Ecological Society of America Meeting in Sacramento, California. The title of her talk was "Wearing an ecologist’s hat and facing a world of change."

Prof. Michael Cox received the Elinor Ostrom Award from the International Association for the Study of the Commons (

Ramsa Chaves-Ulloa, working with Prof. Brad Taylor, has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project: "Impacts of human activities on aquatic insect emergence and effects on terrestrial food webs."

Julia Bradley-Cook has received an invitation and NSF support to participate in a ten-day science policy colloquium in Washington DC on climate change (link). The select group of less than 50 graduate students, faculty, and policy professionals will also include Gifford Wong and Ali Giese (Earth Sciences) two other members of Dartmouth’s NSF-sponsored IGERT program in Polar Environmental change (link).

Nina Lany awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project: “The effect of temperature on the timing and strength of species interactions in a northern hardwood forest.”

Laurel Symes (2013) joins laboratory of Dr. Gerlinde Höbel, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as Postdoctoral Scientist.

James Kellner (2005) joins faculty of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Brown University.

Tom Kraft awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant (link) for his project: “Niche construction by Batek hunter-gatherers in Taman Negara, Peninsular Malaysia”

Lizzie Wolkovich (2009) joins faculty of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.


Peter Marra, Ph.D has of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Migratory Bird Center has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Marcus Welker awarded EPA STARR Fellowship.

Simone Whitecloud's research on linguistics and ecology featured in Dartmouth's Graduate Forum. Link.

Braden Elliott and Flora Krivak-Tetley awarded GAANN fellowships for 2013-14.

Simone Whitecloud awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

Sam Fey '13 was awarded Dartmouth's Graduate Student Teaching Award. Link.

Sam Fey '13 was awarded James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Studying Complex Systems.

Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ph.D. (GR’09) is featured in Nature for her contributions to ecoinformatics, open science, and data sharing: e.g., via development of the Knowledge Network for Biodiversity (KNB). Link to Nature paper. Link to related review paper in Global Change Biology.

Katie Duryea and Simone Whitecloud awarded NSF GK-12 fellowships to participate in science education in local schools.

Amanda Melin and Gillian Moritz featured on cover of Proceedings of the Royal Society B for their article on the evolution of color vision in primates: "Inferred L/M cone opsin polymorphism of ancestral tarsiers sheds dim light on the origin of anthropoid primates". Link.

Becky Irwin, in Science News, notes new study reporting on the surprising occurrence and functional significance of caffeine in nectar. Link.

Laura Burkle (2008 EEB graduate from Becky Irwin's lab, and now Assistant Professor at Montana State University), publishes report in Science on disappearance of the American bumblee, Bombus pensylvanicus, from US Midwest: "Plant-Pollinator Interactions over 120 Years: Loss of Species, Co-Occurrence and Function". Coverage by AAAS, NBC, CBS, NPR, RedOrbit, and Weather Underground.

Research by Vivek Venkataraman and Nate Dominy on the origins of fingerprints highlighted from meeting of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). Coverage by BBC and Science News.

Vivek Venkataraman, Tom Kraft, and Nate Dominy publish on "Tree climbing and human evolution" in Proceedings of the National Academy. Link to abstract. Coverage in National Geographic, Huffington Post, Dartmouth Now. Press release from National Science Foundation.

Beth Reinke and Christine Urbanowicz receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. They join Vivek Venkataraman, Tom Kraft, and Carissa Aoki as other current EEB students who are recipients of NSF GRFs.

NIna Lany presents her research and represents the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research program (link) at National All Scientists meeting in Estes, Colorado. Link.

Christine Urbanowicz and Zak Gezon awarded Fellowships in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored IGERT program in Polar Environmental Change. Link.

Beth Reinke receives Department of Education GAANN Fellowship.

Laurel Symes awarded Fellowship in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored GK-12 program. Link.

Department of Biological Sciences receives grant from Department of Education to provide four GAANN Fellowships per year for Ph.D. students.

Zak Gezon posts entry to Dance Your PhD competition. Link.

Gilliam Moritz's studies of baboon water budgets is featured on cover of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. Link.

Laurel Symes receives grant from Orthopterists' Society for her studies of how road noise affects behavior, mate location, and population biology of tree crickets.

Lauren Culler's studies of climatic effects on high latitude mosquito populations is featured in international news (Nunatsiaq Online). Link. Related poster (English-Greenlandic-Danish).

Dick Holmes and his colleagues have been awarded a new 5-year grant from NSF Long-term Research in Environmental Biology for their project: "Behavioral and demographic responses of migratory birds to climate change". This will extend Dick's Hubbard Brook bird research program to 50 years -- with continuous NSF support. Link to Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Studies.

Celia Evans, (1999), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Russia. She and her daughters will be living in the Golden Mountains of the Altai Republic for a year beginning in September. You can check her blog to learn about her project, meeting Hillary Clinton, etc. Link to Celia's Blog

Alcia Ellis (2007) is starting a post-doctoral position in the new Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at UVM.

Vivek Venkataraman and Laurel Symes receive grant from Huyck Preserve for their project "Merging forest structure and acoustic ecology: exploring the mechanistic basis for acoustic adaptation in temperate forests".

Laurel Symes receives grant from Huyck Preserve for her project "Evolution of mate choice in Oecanthus tree crickets".

Derek Lee receives Fulbright award for his studies of giraffe populations in Tanzania.

Julia Bradley-Cook wins awards for highly viewed video of her research while representing Dartmouth College in the National Science Foundation's IGERT program.

Listen to Leif Richardson on VPR to hear about the Vermont Bumblebee Survey.

Elizabeth Wolkovich (2009) and colleagues report in Nature that "Warming experiments underpredict plant phenological responses to climate change". Reports from Science, BBC, NASA, Scientific American, ScienceDaily. Video summary.

Lauren Culler and Julia Bradley-Cook awarded International Polar Year (IPY) Montreal Travel Awards by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists to present at the "From Knowledge to Action" IPY Conference in Montreal in April 2012.

Amanda Melin awarded two-year postdoctoral Fellowship award from NSERC.

Tom Kraft awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Julia Bradley-Cook awarded a grant from The Explorers Club for her project “Carbon Dynamics Across a Glacial Landscape in Western Greenland.”

Carissa Aoki awarded a Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship from The Garden Club of America for her studies of southern pine beetle in the New Jersey Pinelands.


Zak Gezon awarded Fellowship in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored GK-12 program. Link.

Ramsa Chavez and Max Overstrom-Coleman are recipients of Graduate Alumni Research Awards. Link

Simone Whitecloud wins award for her poster "Arctic Migrations, Plants, and People". Link.

Zak Gezon wins Dartmouth College Filene Teaching Award for 2011. Link.

Chelsea Vario and Jessica Trout-Haney awarded Fellowships in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored IGERT program in Polar Environmental Change. Link.

Paul Pickhardt (2002) recognized for excellence in teaching. Link.

Richard Hofstetter (2004) promoted to Associate Professor, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University.

Sam Fey awarded the David Cushing Prize for his paper in the Journal of Plankton Research. Link.

Laura Burkle (2008) joins faculty of Department of Ecology, Montana State University.


Vivek Venkataraman receives Young Explorer's Award from National Geographic Society for his studies of interactions among Gelada Baboons, Ethiopian Wolves, and Giant Mole-rats. Link.

 Jim Kellner (2005) joins faculty of the Department of Geography, University of Maryland College Park.

Jay Lennon (2004) comments in New York Times on microbes and the Gulf oil spill. Link.

Dartmouth Ecology and Evolutionary Biology rated among top in country by National Research Council (link).

Ramsa Chaves awarded a fellowship from the Organization for Tropical Studies to support her studies of how land use change affects subsidies of aquatic insects to terrestrial consumers, such as spiders, bats, and lizards in her home country of Costa Rica

Darren Ward (2007) joins faculty of Dept. of Fisheries Biology, Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA.  Link.

Alice Shumate (2001) promoted to Associate Professor of Biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Ramsa Chavez awarded a grant from The Explorers Club Exploration Fund to investigate the impacts of land use change on fluxes of stream insects to terrestrial animals in her home country of Costa Rica" Link.

Erik Stange (2009) joins Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

Sam Fey awarded a Porter Foundation Award for Research in Sustainability Science for his project "Food Production and Freshwater Plankton Communities: linking climate change research and sustainability science." Link.

Elizabeth Wolkovich (2009) is co-leader of working group at National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS): "Forecasting Phenology: Integrating Ecology, Climatology, and Phylogeny to Understand Plant Responses to Climate Change" Link.

Sam Fey and Nina Lany awarded IGERT Fellowships for their studies of polar ecology. Link.

Laurel Symes awarded a Gilman Research Fellowship to support her studies of acoustic ecology.

Rich Hofstetter (2004) featured in The Atlantic and on Public Radio International for his studies of bark beetles and acoustics. Link. Link.


Bryan Brown (2004) was awarded an NSF grant for studies of crayfish and their branchiobdellid symbionts "Parasite or partner? Causes and consequences of conditional outcomes in a cleaning symbiosis."

Zak Gezon was awarded an NSF/OTS International Research Experiences for Graduate Students (IRES) award to work at Palo Verde, Costa Rica to study the effects of exotic aquatic flowering plants on native plant-pollinator interactions.

Cambell Webb ('97) and Kinari Webb featured on PBS TV McNeil/Lehrer Newshour for their combined health care/rainforest conservation project in Borneo. Link.

Jeffrey Garnas (2009) joins faculty of Dept. of Entomology and Zoology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Link.

Laurel Symes joins work group at National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent): "An Integrative Evolutionary Approach to Examine Sexual Selection as a Mechanism of Speciation." Link.

Elizabeth Wolkovich (2009) awarded National Science Foundation Biological Informatics Fellowship: “The Phenology of Plant Invasions: How changing seasons and temporal niches assemble plant communities”. Link.<

Laura Burkle (2008) awarded National Science Foundation grant: “Comparing historic and contemporary plant-pollinator interaction networks to investigate the effects of climate change and invasive species.” Link.

Tom Morrison awarded grant from Switzer Foundation for his studies of demographic variability and seasonal movement patterns of a declining wildebeest population in the Tarangire Ecosystem of Northern Tanzania. Link

Julia Bradley-Cook, Lauren Culler and Simone Whitecloud awarded IGERT Fellowships for their studies of polar environmental change. Link.

Adrian Carper and Katie Duryea awarded GAANN Fellowships.

Michael Logan awarded grant from Operation Wallacea for “Integrating population genetics, physiology, and behavior: the thermal ecology of Anolis lizards in the Cayos Cochinos and Bay Islands of Honduras” Link.Elizabeth Wolkovich awarded Murray F. Buell Award for Excellence in Ecology at National Meeting of Ecological Society of America. Link.Lauren Culler awarded LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship from Federation of Fly Fishers for her studies of the effects of climate change on stoneflies, a popular fly used for fishing and a species-rich order of aquatic insects that are found in mountains streams, an ecosystem that is highly susceptible to human-induced climate change. Link.Laurel Symes and Katie Duryea awarded honorable mentions for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Link.Richard Hofstetter ('04) is Researcher of the Year in School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University (link).Paul Pickhardt (‘02) develops tropical ecology course (link)Elizabeth Wolkovich wins Dartmouth College Filene Teaching Award for 2009.Simone Whitecloud awarded GAANN Fellowship.Cambell Webb ('97) wins Cooper Award at 2008 national meeting of Ecological Society of America for his paper: "Phylogenetics and community ecology," published in the Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. (link) (link to article)Stuart Fisher ('71) wins Odum Education Award at 2008 national meeting of Ecological Society of America for outstanding work in ecology education. (link)Stephanie Hampton ('01) featured by National Science Foundation for her climate change research at Lake Baikal. (link)