Update June 19, 2012
Workshop Instruction - Lousie Venne
Louise Venne co-instructed the workshop "Pollutants and Wildlife Management: Ecotoxicology for Biologists and Land Managers" at the national meeting of The Wildlife Society in Hawaii with three other wildlife toxicology professionals. The objective of the workshop was for interested wildlife biologists and land managers to gain a basic understanding of approaches, methods and data interpretation of potential pollution issues that may be encountered. Louise received support from WGSA and the AM:W3 IGERT to teach the workshop and attend the meeting.
Poster Presentation - Sarah McKune
Sarah represented the AMW3 IGERT group in the 2011 IGERT Annual meeting poster competition. This year 135 students participated in an online poster competition of their current research. Twenty were then selected by a panel of judges and 4 by their peers for competition in DC. Sarah was selected to be one of the 20 semi-finalists, though she was unable to attend due to the timing of my pregnancy and pending delivery. Fortunately, NSF managed to Skype Sarah into the competition, and after the 3 hour poster competition she was selected as one of the 10 finalists and received a $3000 research grant for travel relating to my research. Her abstract and poster can be seen here.
Conference Presentation and research update - Sean King
Sean is currently finishing up a paper about a new way of quantifying nutrient limitation in lotic systems, conducting a greenhouse experiment involving the response of the filamentous alga Lyngbya to manipulation of nutrients and flow velocity, and analyzing field data from surveys and an experiment out at Gum Spring looking at the relationship between flow velocity and filamentous algae in situ. Earlier this summer he attended the 11th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting from 5/22-5/25 in Asheville, NC. Sean gave a presentation entitled Effects of nitrate concentration and flow velocity on filamentous algae in a laboratory stream channel simulating Florida spring-fed rivers.
Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research - Kendra Patterson
In June 2011 Kendra Patterson attended the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. The institute seeks to enable students to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches. Topics include research design, concept formation, methods of structured and focused comparisons of cases, typological theory, case selection, process tracing, comparative historical analysis, congruence testing, path dependency, interpretivism, counterfactual analysis, interview and field research (including archival) techniques, necessary and sufficient conditions, fuzzy set methods, and philosophy of science issues relevant to qualitative research.
Adaptive Management: Wise Use of Water, Wetlands & Watersheds
is an NSF-funded IGERT program at the University of Florida