School of Natural Resources and Environment

Conservation Ecology News & Highlights

 

Ivette Perfecto is the George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment. Her research focuses on biodiversity and arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in rural and urban agriculture. She also works on spatial ecology of the coffee agroecosystem and is interested more broadly on the links between small-scale sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and food sovereignty.

Photo by Todd Marsee, Michigan Sea Grant

This week the University of Michigan’s Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) is convening top scientists from around the Great Lakes to participate in the first of three mini-summits focused on identifying the most pressing research and management needs to achieve sustainability in the Great Lakes.

Butt and Xu win CAREER awards

Two SNRE assistant professors recently earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards — the organization’s most prestigious program for supporting early-career scientists. According to the NSF, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. 

Chinook salmon in Lake Huron

Lake Huron's Chinook salmon fishery will likely never return to its glory days because the lake can no longer support the predatory fish's main food source, the herring-like alewife, according to a new computer-modeling study by SNRE's Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez and her former doctoral student, Yu-Chun Kao. Read the full story by Michigan News here.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Launch Conservation Scholars Program

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched a new program to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce. The program, funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, enables U-M to join four other universities across the country that administer the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program: Northern Arizona University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Florida, and University of Washington.

Professor Ivette Perfecto is leading a team of students, including SNRE master's student Zu Dienle Tan, in Tapachula, Mexico to conduct a study on the migratory patterns of rodents. Setting 120 traps throughout a coffee plantation, the team is collecting data to analyze species distribution in the fragmented landscape. This research is one of dozens of international projects that SNRE is leading this summer.

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