A successful seminar , congratulations Ken!

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Ken Feeley, the head of our Lab, gave a well received and incredibly successful departmental seminar today as he begins the process of tenure application (picture above). Ken discussed his past, present and future research on how plants will respond to modern climate change. He primarily discussed our Lab’s research on long-term vegetation plots in the Peruvian Andes, summarized past findings and presented the exciting directions our future research will be going in! Congrats Ken!

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An Undergraduate’s Perspective

I would like to begin this blog post with a quick introduction about myself:  My name is Christine Pardo and I am a senior attending Florida International University in Miami, Florida. As an undergraduate pursuing a career in the fields of ecology and conservation, I have made it a goal of mine to have a myriad of experiences under my belt before I cross that threshold event into the “real world” otherwise known as graduation. In the summer of 2012 I spent three months as a volunteer with Dr. Kenneth Feeley and his graduate student Evan Rehm working in the Andean cloudforests of Manu National Park in southern Peru. This past summer, I participated in Harvard Forest’s Summer Research Program in Ecology supported through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship.

As a contributor to upwithclimate, I am going to blog a series of insights I have gained from those past experiences and more. I hope to accomplish two main goals from my series of blog posts. First, I want to actually bring to light the undergraduate perspective on a variety of topics related to pursuing a career in ecological research. Second and most importantly, I hope that my posts will serve as advice to anyone like myself who has decided during their undergraduate years to take the plunge into this truly amazing field.

My next few posts will highlight my most recent experience at Harvard Forest. I look forward with anticipation to begin this blogging project!

-Christine (cpard008@fiu.edu)

Collecting soil samples from Prospect Hill at Harvard Forest.

Collecting soil samples from Prospect Hill at Harvard Forest.

why the denial?

Over this summer, Justin Catanoso, a journalism professor at Wake Forest University, was embedded with myself and other researchers of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group (ABERG) as we conducted our field studies in the Kosnipata Valley of the Peruvian Andes.  He has just published the first in a series of reports based on his experiences and time with us.  In this first report, Miles Silman and I discuss some of the confusion over climate change and why climate change denialism persists in the USA.  You can find the article HERE.

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A related article was also just published in the New York Times, discussing the ongoing and growing public denial of science.  You can find the article HERE.

Why is it that most people would never think to question doctors of medicine, but don’t hesitate to challenge doctors of philosophy?

–Ken Feeley