News & Announcements

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Lian Guo

Lian Guo
Thursday, December 2, 2021
10:30 AM
French Hall, Room 209
Dissertation Title: Thermal Ecophysiology of Juvenile Anadromous River Herring

Graduate Students Organize the UMass Amherst SACNAS Fall 2021 Kick-off Event

UMass Amherst SACNAS Fall 2021 Kick-off Event

The SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) chapter at UMASS Amherst held their first kick-off event of the fall! Chapter officers were excited to share the group's goals and meet with interested students of all years, staff, and faculty. The event was organized by Miriam Hernandez-Romero (PB), Estefany Argueta (OEB), Natasha de la Rosa-Rivera (NSB), Leah Travis-Taylor (GeoSci), and Nadia Fernandez (ECO). 

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We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Joseph Drake

Joseph Drake
Thursday, August 5, 2021
10:00 AM
Dissertation Title: On Spatiotemporal connectivity dynamics: Perspectives from a naturally fragmented metapopulation

Aaron Grade's PhD work is featured on UMass News!

Aaron Grade, Credit: Lucy Zhang

AMHERST, Mass. – A team of researchers headquartered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has recently discovered that fear plays an important, unrecognized role in the underdevelopment, and increased vulnerability, of backyard songbirds. Read more

Michelle Gilbert's art featured alongside other Talented Women in Art and Marine Science

Photo by Michelle Gilbert

OEB's Michelle Gilbert is one of many exceedingly talented artists featured on Talented Women in Art and Marine Science, hosted by Women in Fisheries. Stop by the site for some breathtaking marine-inspired images!

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Kadambari Devarajan

Kadambari Devarajan
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
9:30 AM
Dissertation Title: Monitoring Mammals at Multiple Scales: Case Studies from Carnivore Communities

Meghna Marjadi Awarded a 2021 Switer Fellowship

Meghna Marjadi

Meghna Marjadi is one of 20 graduate students who has been awarded a 2021 Switzer Fellowship.  

The Switzer Fellowship offers one-year fellowships to highly talented graduate students from diverse academic and personal backgrounds in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. The fellowship includes a $15,000 cash award, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of nearly 700 Switzer Fellowship alums, and opportunities for professional development and grants beyond the fellowship year.

Switzer Fellows are on the leading edge of environmental and social change through efforts in environmental science, policy, justice, public health, economics, journalism, urban planning, business, law and more.  Switzer Fellows come from diverse social, academic and economic backgrounds. They are committed to interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral work, applied results, and collaborative leadership. Further, they are committed to their own professional development and to continually improving their leadership skills throughout their careers.

We are pleased to announce the following OEB MS thesis defense

Gates Dupont

Gates Dupont
Friday, June 11, 2021
10:00 AM
Thesis Title: Statistical improvements for ecological learning about spatial processes

Kadambari Devarajan, Joe Drake, and Toni Lyn Morelli Published in PLOS Computational Biology

OEB's Kadambari Devarajan, Joe Drake, and Toni Lyn Morelli are part of a team that published a paper in PLOS Computational Biology, which set out guiding principles to help scientists structure their lab meetings to be more inclusive and productive, ultimately leading to better science. Congratulations! Read more

ASN Announces Dr. Kiers Winner of the 2021 E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award

Dr. Toby Kiers

Former OEB Darwin Fellow, Toby Kiers, has won the EO Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. During her time at UMass, Dr. Kiers worked with Dr. Lynn Adler to ask how plant hormones mediate characteristics of above and belowground mutualisms. She is currently University Research Chair and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Read more