Thanks to the generous donation of Jean Whittemore Sharp (BA, ’44), twenty-one SNRE students from various specializations were selected to participate in the San Francisco Career Trek. From October 17-18, these students had the opportunity to meet with over 45 Bay Area alumni and professionals that offered their time for roundtable discussions, moderated panels, personal meetings, as well as a networking reception.
Catherine Riseng is an Assistant Research Scientist and an aquatic ecologist with specific focus on fluvial ecosystems and benthic invertebrate ecology. She is interested in assessing and understanding the effects of human landscape alteration on river and lake ecosystems.
1. What made you decide to become an aquatic ecologist?
Bilal Butt is an Assistant Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment and a faculty affiliate of the African Studies Center, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Program in the Environment, and the Center for Global and Inter-Cultural Study at the University of Michigan. Bilal's research aims to answer questions of how people and wildlife are adapting to changing climates, politics, livelihoods and ecologies in sub-Saharan Africa. You can learn more about his current work at bilalmbutt.com.
The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $1.6 million to study the impacts of land transactions and investments on agricultural production, ecosystem services, and food-energy security in Ethiopia.
Professor Arun Agrawal and Interim Dean and Professor Daniel Brown are leading the project from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan in collaboration with Professor Jane Southworth, chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Florida.
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.
The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched the Environmental Fellowship Program (EFP). This unique program aims to diversify the environmental and conservation philanthropic sector by supporting the career aspirations of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
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.
SNRE Students are encouraged to apply for the US Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study.
Last Thursday, the second annual University of Michigan Innovation In Action competition concluded, with six stunning student pitches for startups that could make a significant dent on the health and well-being of communities. It was a great example of what can be achieved at the intersection of public health, entrepreneurship, and the creativity and energy that students can bring to real-world problems.