Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Kudos!

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Professor Kathy Cottingham gave a Plenary Address at the 2014 Ecological Society of America Meeting in Sacramento, California.  The title of her talk was "Wearing an ecologist’s hat and facing a world of change."

Ramsa Chaves-Ulloa, working with Prof. Brad Taylor, has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project: "Impacts of human activities on aquatic insect emergence and effects on terrestrial food webs"

Julia Bradley-Cook has received an invitation and NSF support to participate in a ten-day science policy colloquium in Washington DC on climate change (link). The select group of less than 50 graduate students, faculty, and policy professionals will also include Gifford Wong and Ali Giese (Earth Sciences) two other members of Dartmouth’s NSF-sponsored IGERT program in Polar Environmental change (link)

Nina Lany awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project: “The effect of temperature on the timing and strength of species interactions in a northern hardwood forest.”

Laurel Symes (2013) joins laboratory of Dr. Gerlinde Höbel, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as Postdoctoral Scientist.
James Kellner (2005) joins faculty of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Brown University.

Tom Kraft awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant (link) for his project: “Niche construction by Batek hunter-gatherers in Taman Negara, Peninsular Malaysia”

Lizzie Wolkovich (2009) joins faculty of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.


  • Peter Marra, Ph.D has of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Migratory Bird Center has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Marcus Welker awarded EPA STARR Fellowship.

  • Simone Whitecloud's research on linguistics and ecology featured in Dartmouth's Graduate Forum. Link.

  • Braden Elliott and Flora Krivak-Tetley awarded GAANN fellowships for 2013-14.

  • Simone Whitecloud awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
  • Sam Fey '13 was awarded Dartmouth's Graduate Student Teaching Award. Link.

  • Sam Fey '13 was awarded James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Studying Complex Systems.
  • Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ph.D. (GR’09) is featured in Nature for her contributions to ecoinformatics, open science, and data sharing: e.g., via development of the Knowledge Network for Biodiversity (KNB). Link to Nature paper. Link to related review paper in Global Change Biology.

  • Katie Duryea and Simone Whitecloud awarded NSF GK-12 fellowships to participate in science education in local schools.
  • Amanda Melin and Gillian Moritz featured on cover of Proceedings of the Royal Society B for their article on the evolution of color vision in primates: "Inferred L/M cone opsin polymorphism of ancestral tarsiers sheds dim light on the origin of anthropoid primates". Link.

  • Becky Irwin, in Science News, notes new study reporting on the surprising occurrence and functional significance of caffeine in nectar. Link.

  • Laura Burkle (2008 EEB graduate from Becky Irwin's lab, and now Assistant Professor at Montana State University), publishes report in Science on disappearance of the American bumblee, Bombus pensylvanicus, from US Midwest: "Plant-Pollinator Interactions over 120 Years: Loss of Species, Co-Occurrence and Function". Coverage by AAAS, NBC, CBS, NPR, RedOrbit, and Weather Underground.

  • Research by Vivek Venkataraman and Nate Dominy on the origins of fingerprints highlighted from meeting of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). Coverage by BBC and Science News.

  • Vivek Venkataraman, Tom Kraft, and Nate Dominy publish on "Tree climbing and human evolution" in Proceedings of the National Academy. Link to abstract. Coverage in National Geographic, Huffington Post, Dartmouth Now. Press release from National Science Foundation.

  • Beth Reinke and Christine Urbanowicz receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. They join Vivek Venkataraman, Tom Kraft, and Carissa Aoki as other current EEB students who are recipients of NSF GRFs.

  • NIna Lany presents her research and represents the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research program (link) at National All Scientists meeting in Estes, Colorado.  Link.

  • Christine Urbanowicz and Zak Gezon awarded Fellowships in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored IGERT program in Polar Environmental Change. Link.

  • Beth Reinke receives Department of Education GAANN Fellowship.

  • Laurel Symes awarded Fellowship in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored GK-12 program.  Link.

  • Department of Biological Sciences receives grant from Department of Education to provide four GAANN Fellowships per year for Ph.D. students.

  • Zak Gezon posts entry to Dance Your PhD competition. Link.

  • Gilliam Moritz's studies of baboon water budgets is featured on cover of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. Link.

  • Laurel Symes receives grant from Orthopterists' Society for her studies of how road noise affects behavior, mate location, and population biology of tree crickets.

  • Lauren Culler's studies of climatic effects on high latitude mosquito populations is featured in international news (Nunatsiaq Online). LinkRelated poster (English-Greenlandic-Danish).

  • Dick Holmes and his colleagues have been awarded a new 5-year grant from NSF Long-term Research in Environmental Biology for their project: "Behavioral and demographic responses of migratory birds to climate change". This will extend Dick's Hubbard Brook bird research program to 50 years -- with continuous NSF support. Link to Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Studies.

  • Celia Evans, (1999), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Russia. She and her daughters will be living in the Golden Mountains of the Altai Republic for a year beginning in September. You can check her blog to learn about her project, meeting Hillary Clinton, etc.  Link to Celia's Blog

  • Alcia Ellis (2007) is starting a post-doctoral position in the new Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at UVM.

  • Vivek Venkataraman and Laurel Symes receive grant from Huyck Preserve for their project "Merging forest structure and acoustic ecology: exploring the mechanistic basis for acoustic adaptation in temperate forests".

  • Laurel Symes receives grant from Huyck Preserve for her project "Evolution of mate choice in Oecanthus tree crickets".

  • Derek Lee receives Fulbright award for his studies of giraffe populations in Tanzania

  • Julia Bradley-Cook wins awards for highly viewed video of her research while representing Dartmouth College in the National Science Foundation's IGERT program.

  • Listen to Leif Richardson on VPR to hear about the Vermont Bumblebee Survey

  • Elizabeth Wolkovich (2009) and colleagues report in Nature that "Warming experiments underpredict plant phenological responses to climate change".  Reports from Science, BBC, NASA, Scientific American, ScienceDailyVideo summary.

  • Lauren Culler and Julia Bradley-Cook awarded International Polar Year (IPY) Montreal Travel Awards by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists to present at the "From Knowledge to Action" IPY Conference in Montreal in April 2012.

  • Amanda Melin awarded two-year postdoctoral Fellowship award from NSERC.

  • Tom Kraft awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

  • Julia Bradley-Cook awarded a grant from The Explorers Club for her project “Carbon Dynamics Across a Glacial Landscape in Western Greenland.” 

  • Carissa Aoki awarded a Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship from The Garden Club of America for her studies of southern pine beetle in the New Jersey Pinelands.


  • EEB highlights from 2011 in The Graduate Forum

  • Zak Gezon awarded Fellowship in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored GK-12 program.  Link.

  • Ramsa Chavez and Max Overstrom-Coleman are recipients of Graduate Alumni Research Awards.  Link

  • Simone Whitecloud wins award for her poster "Arctic Migrations, Plants, and People".  Link.

  • Zak Gezon wins Dartmouth College Filene Teaching Award for 2011. Link.

  • Chelsea Vario and Jessica Trout-Haney awarded Fellowships in Dartmouth's NSF-sponsored IGERT program in Polar Environmental Change.  Link.

  • Paul Pickhardt (2002) recognized for excellence in teaching.  Link.

  • Richard Hofstetter (2004) promoted to Associate Professor, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University. 

  • Sam Fey awarded the David Cushing Prize for his paper in the Journal of Plankton Research. Link.

  • Laura Burkle (2008) joins faculty of Department of Ecology, Montana State University. 




  • Vivek Venkataraman receives Young Explorer's Award from National Geographic Society for his studies of interactions among Gelada Baboons, Ethiopian Wolves, and Giant Mole-rats.  Link.

  • Jim Kellner (2005) joins faculty of the Department of Geography, University of Maryland College Park.

  • Jay Lennon (2004) comments in New York Times on microbes and the Gulf oil spill.  Link.

  • Dartmouth Ecology and Evolutionary Biology rated among top in country by National Research Council (link).

  • Ramsa Chaves awarded a fellowship from the Organization for Tropical Studies to support her studies of how land use change affects subsidies of aquatic insects to terrestrial consumers, such as spiders, bats, and lizards in her home country of Costa Rica

  • Darren Ward (2007) joins faculty of Dept. of Fisheries Biology, Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA.  Link.

  • Alice Shumate (2001) promoted to Associate Professor of Biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

  • Ramsa Chavez awarded a grant from The Explorers Club Exploration Fund to investigate the impacts of land use change on fluxes of stream insects to terrestrial animals in her home country of Costa Rica"   Link.

  • Erik Stange (2009) joins Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). 

  • Sam Fey awarded a Porter Foundation Award for Research in Sustainability Science for his project "Food Production and Freshwater Plankton Communities: linking climate change research and sustainability science." Link.


  • Elizabeth Wolkovich (2009) is co-leader of working group at National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS): "Forecasting Phenology: Integrating Ecology, Climatology, and Phylogeny to Understand Plant Responses to Climate Change"  Link.

  • Sam Fey and Nina Lany awarded IGERT Fellowships for their studies of polar ecology.  Link.

  • Laurel Symes awarded a Gilman Research Fellowship to support her studies of acoustic ecology. 

  • Rich Hofstetter (2004) featured in The Atlantic and on Public Radio International for his studies of bark beetles and acoustics. Link.  Link



  • Bryan Brown (2004) was awarded an NSF grant for studies of crayfish and their branchiobdellid symbionts "Parasite or partner? Causes and consequences of conditional outcomes in a cleaning symbiosis."  

  • Zak Gezon was awarded an NSF/OTS International Research Experiences for Graduate Students (IRES) award to work at Palo Verde, Costa Rica to study the effects of exotic aquatic flowering plants on native plant-pollinator interactions.

  • Cambell Webb ('97) and Kinari Webb featured on PBS TV McNeil/Lehrer Newshour for their combined health care/rainforest conservation project in Borneo.  Link.

  • National Public Radio features Laurel Symes and her work on the acoustics of cricket calls.  Link.

  • Simone Whitecloud’s studies of alpine plant ecology highlighted by Dartmouth College.  Link.

  • Jeffrey Garnas (2009) joins faculty of Dept. of Entomology and Zoology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa.  Link.

  • Laurel Symes joins work group at National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent):  "An Integrative Evolutionary Approach to Examine Sexual Selection as a Mechanism of Speciation."  Link.

  • Elizabeth Wolkovich (2009) awarded National Science Foundation Biological Informatics Fellowship:  “The Phenology of Plant Invasions: How changing seasons and temporal niches assemble plant communities”.  Link.

  • Laura Burkle (2008) awarded National Science Foundation grant: “Comparing historic and contemporary plant-pollinator interaction networks to investigate the effects of climate change and invasive species.”  Link.

  • Tom Morrison awarded grant from Switzer Foundation for his studies of demographic variability and seasonal movement patterns of a declining wildebeest population in the Tarangire Ecosystem of Northern Tanzania.  Link

  • Julia Bradley-Cook, Lauren Culler and Simone Whitecloud awarded IGERT Fellowships for their studies of polar environmental change.  Link.

  • Adrian Carper and Katie Duryea awarded GAANN Fellowships.

  • Michael Logan awarded grant from Operation Wallacea for “Integrating population genetics, physiology, and behavior: the thermal ecology of Anolis lizards in the Cayos Cochinos and Bay Islands of Honduras”  Link.

  • Elizabeth Wolkovich awarded Murray F. Buell Award for Excellence in Ecology at National Meeting of Ecological Society of America.  Link.

  • Lauren Culler awarded LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship from Federation of Fly Fishers for her studies of the effects of climate change on stoneflies, a popular fly used for fishing and a species-rich order of aquatic insects that are found in mountains streams, an ecosystem that is highly susceptible to human-induced climate change.  Link.

  • Laurel Symes and Katie Duryea awarded honorable mentions for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.  Link.

  • Richard Hofstetter ('04) is Researcher of the Year in School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University (link).

  • Paul Pickhardt (‘02) develops tropical ecology course (link)

  • Elizabeth Wolkovich wins Dartmouth College Filene Teaching Award for 2009.

  • Simone Whitecloud awarded GAANN Fellowship.

  • Cambell Webb ('97) wins Cooper Award at 2008 national meeting of Ecological Society of America for his paper: "Phylogenetics and community ecology," published in the Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics.  (link)  (link to article)

  • Stuart Fisher ('71) wins Odum Education Award at 2008 national meeting of Ecological Society of America for outstanding work in ecology education.  (link)

  • Stephanie Hampton ('01) featured by National Science Foundation for her climate change research at Lake Baikal.  (link)