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Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology.
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
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
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
(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.
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
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