KRCL master’s student Allyssa Kilanowski and PhD student Hsiang Ling Chen were just awarded American Society of Mammalogists Grants in Aid of Research. How’s that for a great way to kick of the summer field season? Way to go and congrats ladies!!!
Congratulations to Erin Posthumus on her successful M.S. thesis defense today! Erin’s thesis entitled “Do red squirrel middens promote vertebrate species diversity?” examines the idea of keystone species and keystone modifiers as drivers of biodiversity. Great job Erin!
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The SNRE Awards Ceremony held on 19 April 2013 was very good to the KCRL. MS student Erin Posthumus’s efforts with the Natural Resources Grad Student Organization led to her receipt of the Outstanding Student Leadership Award for 2012-2013. Doctoral student Melissa Merrick received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in recognition of her efforts in scholarship and teaching. Professor John Koprowski also received the Outstanding Faculty Award. All three individuals are humbled and thankful for the recognition from their peers in the School of Natural Resources & the Environment. Congratulations!
Melissa Merrick, a doctoral student with the KCRL, was recently informed she has been awarded a 2013 Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award.
The purpose of JFSP GRIN awards is to enhance graduate student’s exposure to and interaction with fire and fuels managers, to develop appreciation and understanding of fire and fuels managers information and research needs, and to augment already planned research to develop information and/or products useful to managers. JFSP recognizes that graduate students of today are the managers, scientists, and leaders of tomorrow. These awards allow graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation, and to build skills needed for independent inquiry.
Working in collaboration with Dr. Koprowski and Coronado National Forest Safford District fire managers, biologists, and silviculturist Craig Wilcox, Melissa will assess how past burn severity and current fuel reduction treatments in the Pinaleño Mountains influence natal dispersal movements of juvenile Mt. Graham red squirrels.
KCRL alum Nicolas Ramos-Lara PhD., published his research on nest site characteristics of the Mearns’s squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi), endemic to the mountains of northern Baja California. Check it out in this month’s issue of the Journal of Mammalogy. Congrats Nicolas!
Ramos-Lara, N., J. L. Koprowski, and D. E. Swann. 2013. Nest-site characteristics of the montane endemic Mearns’s squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi): an obligate cavity-nester? Journal of Mammalogy 94:50-58.
Melissa Merrick, a doctoral student in the KCRL, was presented the Roger Hungerford Award from the Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society at the Joint Annual Meeting of AZ/NM TWS on 8 February 2013. The Hungerford Award is given to a student who while attending an Arizona college or university made significant contributions to the management and conservation of Arizona’s wildlife and/or habitat. Weight is given to the significance of the contribution to management and contribution. The Award is given in memory of one of Arizona’s finest research biologists, Roger Hungerford, a former University of Arizona faculty member.