Recognition Archive

Gene Likens receives BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Gene Likens has received a major award from the BBVA Foundation, the Frontiers of Knowledge in Ecology and Conservation Biology, recognizing his pioneering work on the discovery causes of acid rain and his long-term experimental studies of the impacts on ecosystems.

The award description on the BBVA website states “The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of broad impact for their originality and theoretical significance. The name of the scheme is intended to encapsulate both research work that successfully enlarges the scope of our current knowledge – pushing forward the frontiers of the known world – and the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas.”

Pam Diggle awarded NSF grant

UConn EEB professor Pamela Diggle has been awarded a collaborative NSF grant entitled “Can variation in flower development explain variation in phenological responses to temperature?” in collaboration with Christa Mulder (University of Alaska, Fairbanks). 

Pam describes the funded project as follows:

Climate change has resulted in increased temperature means across the globe. Many angiosperms flower earlier in response to rising temperature, and the phenologies of these species are reasonably well predicted by models that account for spring (early growing season) and winter temperatures. Surprisingly, however, exceptions to the general pattern of precocious flowering are common. Many species either do not appear to respond or even delay flowering in, or following, warm years. Existing phenological models cannot explain such exceptions to the common association of advancing phenologies with warming temperatures. We will test 4 hypotheses that focus on developmental processes that occur during preformation of flowers in the year prior to anthesis and function. Field work will be done in Fairbanks and lab work at UConn.  We will also develop project “Late Bloomers”, a citizen science network involving Alaskan Natives in remote areas of the state.

Val Milici receives award from Tinker Field Graduate Research Fund

Val Milici was just awarded $4000 by the Tinker Field Graduate Research Fund.

The funding will allow Val to set up experiments that investigate how humidity affects interactions between plants and both beneficial and pathogenic fungi. She expects that this visit will form the foundation for her work on how climate change may alter tropical rainforest plant communities by modifying interactions between plants and fungi.

Here is the link to the funding opportunity. The funds are being administered by “El Instituto” at UConn

Lily R. Lewis receives 2015 Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award

Dr. Lily R. Lewis (Bernard Goffinet, major advisor) has received the Greg and Mona Anderson Best EEB Ph.D. Dissertation Award for 2015.

Several years ago, Greg and Mona Anderson generously donated money to be used for an award for the best EEB Ph.D. dissertation in each calendar year. The first award, for 2013, was made to Dr. Diego Sustaita, and that for 2014 to Dr. Alejandro Rico Guevara.

Margaret Rubega wins AAUP Excellence Award

EEB Associate Professor Dr. Margaret Rubega has been awarded the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award from the UConn chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). This award recognizes “…those who do the core work of the University; those that teach the next generation of leaders, thinkers, do-ers & those that discover new knowledge, innovate and design, and drive the state’s knowledge economy.”