Posts tagged ‘Environmental Science’

Dr. Urban Published in Conservation Biology

Dr. Rebecca Urban, associate professor of biology and director of environmental science, and collaborators from 22 primarily undergraduate institutions recently published a paper, “Effects of urbanization on the population structure of freshwater turtles across the United States” in the journal Conservation Biology. Urban’s 2012 and 2013 Environmental Science (BIO 103) and Ecology (BIO 312) classes helped collect data that were used in the article co-written by Professor Urban. This research was made possible through the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN).

Biology Majors Beidler and Wagner Present at Ecology Conference

Robbie Beidler ’18 and Haley Wagner ’18, biology, presented at the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America Annual Conference at Rutgers University–Newark last month. Wagner presented her poster, “Effect of organic matter on an isoetid’s ability to change sediment redox potential,” which received honorable mention recognition. Beidler gave an oral presentation, “An investigation on how road salt impacts aquatic bladderworts.” Wagner worked with Dr. Rebecca Urban, associate professor of biology and director of environmental science, on her research and Dr. Urban and Aaron Stoler of Stockton University co-authored Beidler’s paper.

 

 

2018 PERC Campus Sustainability Champions

Kelly Jacobs ’18, an economics major and politics minor, and Dr. Rebecca Urban, associate professor of biology and director of environmental science, were recently named 2018 PERC Campus Sustainability Champions. “The Campus Sustainability Champion title is awarded to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have made meaningful contributions benefiting social, economic and/or environmental sustainability on their campus, in their community, or in society at large. Contributions can be in areas of teaching, research, co-curricular programs, campus culture, community service, and campus operations, including food recovery.”

Kelly was nominated for her work on the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) and as a SAC data intern, compiling the College’s Annual Carbon Footprint. Kelly also founded the student Environmental Club and served as its president for several years. Kelly will graduate in May and plans to attend graduate school to continue her studies of sustainability.

Dr. Urban was nominated for her work on the Sustainability Advisory Committee and for leading the creation of the environmental science major. She is the driving force behind the annual Earth Days activities, and was instrumental in developing the environmental science major and curriculum. In addition, she created the proposal to designate 20 acres on the north side of campus as the Wood Thrush Research Preserve. The new serves as an academic resource for faculty and students. Preserving the area will open up even more opportunities for future classes, individual research, and environmental initiatives.