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NRES students on the move.

Both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences have made some significant achievements recently, including:

  • Cody Schroeder, PhD student in Dr. Kelley Stewart’s lab, was appointed as the Mule Deer Staff Specialist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.  In this position, Cody will be responsible for research and management of mule deer in Nevada.
  • Brittany Beebe, an undergraduate student in Dr. Sudeep Chandra’s lab, was awarded a $50,000 EPA Fellowship to study if the benthic barrier treatments that have been installed in Lake Tahoe to exclude the destructive invasive species Asian clam have adverse effects on other invertebrates and on the native benthic community in general.
  • A number of current and former students in Dr. Kelley Stewart’s, Dr. Marjorie Matocq’s and Dr. Jim Sedinger’s labs, including Marcus Blum, Brianne Boan, Sarah Hegg, Sabrina Morano, Daniel Nonne, Cody Schroeder, and Nova Simpson, are attending and presenting professional papers at the 20th Annual Conference of the Wildlife Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Owen Baughman, MS student in Dr. Beth Leger’s lab, is attending and presenting a professional paper at the Society for Ecological Restoration’s  2013 World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Madison, Wisconsin. Owen will be presenting results from native plant restoration trials in former cheatgrass die-off areas. He found that while seeds germinated less readily in former die-off sites, survival of seedlings was higher, possibly due to reduced competition from cheatgrass, indicating that die-offs do represent opportunities for native plant restoration.
  • Daniel Nonne is organizing a special symposium on Greater Sage-grouse conservation at the January 2014 meeting of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, here in Reno.
  • Dr. Erik Blomberg (2102 PhD with Jim Sedinger) begins a position as Assistant Professor of Wildlife at the University of Maine this month.

Story by: Bob Nowak, NRES Department Chair