The barrier reef system of the beautiful Mesoamerica region, one of the ABS program core regions, is featured in this month’s National Geographic (October 2012 Issue). The direct participation of Dr. Will Heyman (one of our ABS Faculty) was fundamental to the story. The article and photographs might be best appreciated in print, although the online version is available here: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/mesoamerican-reef/brower-text.
Anna Santos, an ABS Trainee and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography, won a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) award for her dissertation: Determinants of Livelihood Strategies in a Marine Extractive Reserve. The award will cover research expenses for her upcoming field work in Northeast Brazil. Anna attributes being granted the DDRI award to her training within the Department of Geography and experience in the ABS program and respective faculty and students, and is she grateful for the support she has received.
Congratulations to David Toledo, winner of the Judges’ Choice award in the 2012 NSF-IGERT Conference Video and Poster competition. You can view his video and poster, “To burn or not to burn: balancing societal risk perceptions and ecological needs of a fire adapted system”, on the IGERT website.