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.”
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.
Mike Willig has been elected a 2016 AAAS Fellow.
Fellows are elected by the AAAS Council in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. Read more here: 2016 AAAS Fellows Honored for Advancing Science to Serve Society.
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 http://elin.uconn.edu/tinker-grants/.
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.
EEB Professor Dr. Eldridge Adams has received the UConn Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching award. This award recognizes faculty awardees for their integrity, accomplishments, and commitment to their students.
EEB Professor Dr. Mike Willig has been named University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the University’s highest academic honor. Since 1998, this annual award has recognized faculty who have achieved exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service while at the University of Connecticut.
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.”