Congratulations to Chris Javornik for the publication of his masters’ thesis research, “Influences of annual weather variability on vernal pool plant abundance and community composition,” in the journal Aquatic Botany: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2016.07.002
Great work, Chris!
After a long hiatus since our last update (translation: Akasha graduated and Sharon did not pick up the slack…), there are many great events to report from the Collinge lab. Chris Javornik successfully defended his BA/MA thesis (November 2014) and has been employed as a Fisheries Technician by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Akasha Faist successfully defended her PhD dissertation (December 2014) and is currently a postdoctoral researcher studying restoration of biological soil crusts with Dr. Nichole Barger in EBIO. Mari Elise Ewing successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation (October 2015) and is an Assistant Professor of environmental studies at Austin College in Sherman, TX. And Karen Schlatter successfully defended her MA thesis (April 2016) and is employed as an Adaptive Management Specialist and Program Manager for the Colorado River Delta Program of the Sonoran Institute in Tucson, AZ. Such great work and great successes, everyone! And Sharon has been busy collecting and analyzing vernal pool data and will now try to be more timely with news updates…
Congratulations to Nifer Wilkening for defending her PhD dissertation and to Chris Javornik for defending his masters thesis! Nice work!
Congratulations to Karen Schlatter for winning the award for best Master’s/Bachelor’s student presentation at the 2014 restoration conference in New Orleans: CEER (Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration)!
Although it was a dry winter out in California there was enough rain to fill up the pools (at least for some of the time) and we had a good showing of vernal pool flora out at our site. Now, after completing various field related experiments we are back in Colorado entering our findings and getting ready to analyze the data!
Big things are happening in the Collinge lab! Mari Elise Ewing will be starting an assistant professor position at Austin College in Sherman Texas in August and Nifer Wilkening will be heading to India on a Fulbright Fellowship to study pikas in the Himalayas. Congrats to you both!
With the early rains that are hitting California this year it is shaping up to be a good year for the vernal pool natives. After only a few blustery days we have recently completed a successful field trip to Travis and now we wait for the spring blooms!
After a busy summer our lab came together for the 97th annual Ecological Society of America conference in Portland Oregon. Sharon Collinge presented her and Chris Ray’s recent work on habitat quality versus connectivity in an endemic vernal pool species. Akasha Faist explained how invasive species are altering vernal pool soil properties. Jennifer Wilkening presented a portion of her dissertation on how fecal samples can be used to understand physiological stress on the American pika. While Mari Elise Ewing focused on the more social concept of how decision making can alter land use patterns in the Great Basin. All in all it was a great success and we look forward to next year!