Congratulations to ABS student Kristina Chyn, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences! She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her upcoming dissertation research in Taiwan focusing on landscape ecology and effects of roads on reptiles and amphibians in island ecosystems.
Check out the new special issue of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, titled “Network Governance and Large Landscape Conservation”. Dr. Patrick Bixler is both a co-guest editor on the special issue and lead author on two of the papers (“Network governance for large-scale natural resource conservation and the challenge of capture” and “Networks and landscapes: a framework for setting goals and evaluating performance at the large landscape scale”) and the editorial. The full issue is available online here.
Margot Wood, ABS student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, successfully defended her dissertation “Landscape Dynamics, Mammal Connectivity, and Conservation Policies in a Costa Rican Biological Corridor”. She will graduate this summer. Learn more about her research related to government payment for ecosystem services programs, biological corridor policies, and how these policies/programs influence target conservation mammalian species within the biological corridor of Paso de Las Nubes in Costa Rica on her website. Congratulations Margot!
Congratulations to Dhananjaya (DJ) Katju and Swetha Peteru, who have both been awarded Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowships. They are 2 of only 6 awardees for the Spring of 2016. Selection criteria for the fellowship includes academic performance and productivity while at Texas A&M, potential impact of student’s research and scholarly work on society, and financial need. This fellowship is intended to support doctoral students in the final analysis of the research topic and the final writing of the dissertation.
DJ’s research is conducted in the Manas Tiger and Biosphere Reserve (or Manas) in the state of Assam (India). His study focuses on explaining how encroaching households within protected areas are active agents of political, social, economic and ecological change, rather than merely passive victims of policies, economies and socio-cultural processes.
Swetha’s research of a coffee agroforestry program run by an NGO in Junin, Peru examines changes in biodiversity through an integrated study of participation, biogeography, and landscape genetics (a field combining molecular techniques with landscape ecology).
More information can be found at the Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies website.