Fordham’s Ecologists on the West Coast

Fordham University Ecologists attended the 97th Annual Ecological Society of America Conference in Portland, OR in full force this year.   Ten delegates, including 8 graduate students, Dr. Jim Lewis (Biology Chair) and Dr. Stephen Freedman (Provost) were in attendance, and together contributed a total of three talks, and five posters (see below) to what proved to be the most highly attended meeting in years, with over 4200 people.

Talks:

Jason Aloisio: Growing media affects edible plant production and leachate on a simulated rooftop farm

Jim Lewis: Rising CO2 shifts the balance between carbon and nutrient limitation of growth

Michael Sekor: Selection and adaptation to novel environmental conditions in introduced genotypes of the annual plant Brassica rapa

Posters:

Beth Ansaldi: Gene flow and pollen limitation on experimental green roofs

Andrea Caruso: Physiological and morphological responses of the invasive grass, Microstegium vimineum, to varying resource availabilities

Alison Cucco:Microbial extracellular enzyme function and nutrient cycling along the New York City urban-to-rural gradient

Seth Ganzhorn: Genetic diversity of Manilkara maxima: An ecologically and economically important tree species from a biodiversity hotspot

Tim Kerin:Evidence of mycorrhizal host generality for hemlock woolly adelgid-infested Tsuga canadensis trees growing in a Quercus-dominated landscape

Graduate students Kaitlyn Parkins and Steph Tougas were also in attendance working as student volunteers.

Mt. Hood – A volcano located in the Oregon Cascades, taken while hiking Tom, Dick and Harry.

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