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New species discovered

A new species of insect was discovered in a cave on Easter Island by researcher Jut Wynne and his research crew. The insect, a type of book louse, was found in a cave within the Roiho lava flow in west-central Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean. The species is only about 1mm in length and is in the Lepidopsocidae family and the genus Cyptophania. 

Researchers consider this find especially exciting since most of the island’s native life has gone extinct. "This could be very important for piecing the natural history of the island together,” said research leader Jut Wynne an ecologist with the Colorado Plateau Research Station at Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Northern Arizona University. 

More information can be found at Livescience.

Infrared Spectrometry Laboratory and training launched
LLECB is proud to announce the newly established Infrared Spectrometry Laboratory (ISL).  ISL is an LLECB initiative focused on teaching and training in the environmental and Earth Sciences.  The newly acquired ASD Inc. FieldSpec® Max 3 portable spectrometer is a benchmark instrument ideal for numerous remote sensing and Earth Sciences applications, providing sprectral measurements in the 350-2500 nm range.  LLECB resource staff are leading spectrometer training short courses and workshops during Spring 2011.

Awards and fellowships

Tom Sisk and Leslie Ries, former NAU grad student and current Research Professor at the University of Maryland, were recently awarded the 2010 SERDP Project of the Year for Resource Conservation and Climate Change.  Each year the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) recognizes its top researchers who have helped the Department of Defense (DOD) achieve its mission while improving its environmental performance.  Tom and Leslie received this award for his project 'Effective Area Models: Modeling edge effects and mobile animals in patchy landscapes'.

Cerissa Hoglander was awarded the 2010 Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship and the 2010 Desert Bighorn Council Hansen-Welles Scholarship.  The Desert Bighorn Council is interested in all ecological and management issues affecting bighorn sheep and their habitat.  Cerissa was awarded the scholarship for her research project "Landscape models of water resource availability and habitat use by desert bighorn sheep in southwestern Arizona".

Julie Kenkel (2011), Lauren Mork and Chris Ray (2009) were named Doris Duke Conservation Fellows.  The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awards conservation fellowships each year to students who have shown leadership in the field of conservation. The fellowship offers tuition funding, a paid internship, and collaborative opportunities with other researchers.

Cerissa Hoglander and Evan Reimondo (2010) and Carrie Cultra (2009) and Chris Holcomb (2008) were awarded a Wyss Scholarship for the Conservation of the American West. The Wyss program provides scholarships for graduate students pursuing careers in land conservation and management.  Wyss scholars learn the latest in conservation science and policy.

Brett Dickson (2008 – 2010) was selected as a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow.  This fellowship program seeks to develop future world leaders and entrepreneurs who are successful at linking conservation science and application.