School of Natural Resources and Environment

Conservation Ecology News & Highlights

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.

CILER summer fellowships

The Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) announces the 2015 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellows Program. The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of fields and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a researcher or working professional. This program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL), with additional positions funded through external grants at CILER. 

Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

The University of Michigan recently released a study analyzing the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard - the policy mandating the percentage of the state’s electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power. The study, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios, detailing the changes to different power generation sources such as coal and natural gas, the environmental benefits to the state, and the associated costs under each.

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