5 pm MST
Students are invited to participate in the 22nd Annual Front Range Student Ecology Symposium (FRSES). Submit a photo entry by 5 pm MST on Wednesday, Feb. 17th.
Cherokee Park Ballroom, LSC
Keynote speaker is Dr. Sudeep Chandra. FRSES is a student-run symposium that provides an opportunity for Front Range students doing ecology research to showcase their work and network in a friendly and supportive peer environment.
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
This intensive writing retreat is designed to give grad students a mid-semester boost so that they can make significant progress on (or complete) their theses or dissertations this semester.
8 am - 12:30 pm (Registration at 8 am)
Behavioral Sci Bldg rm 131
This free conference for CSU graduate students will focus on exploring "best fit" in terms of workplace culture. The morning will include a keynote speech followed by three breakout sessions with representatives from different sectors.
Greg Florant doesn't mind being the groundhog guy - in fact, he rather likes it. "My big day is coming up," he jokes - that is, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, when Punxsatawney Phil will be forcibly pulled from his hidey-hole so he can predict whether we'll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. That's right - CSU has its very own groundhog expert. So ask away. Can Phil really predict the weather? "Completely false," says Florant, professor of biology in the College of Natural Sciences. "But it's a good story." To be more scientifically exact, Florant studies marmots - close relatives of the groundhog, which is also called a woodchuck or whistlepig. All of the above belong to the genus Marmota. In his research, Florant is focused on answering questions about how these amazing creatures change their food intake and metabolism during their seven-month hibernation cycle - how their body masses change, and how their lipid storage processes are affected by their extremely long nap.
Bat body type, and the environmental conditions bats use in their hibernation sites, may explain species differences in bat mortality from white-nose syndrome, according to a Colorado State University-led study published online Jan. 29 in Science Advances. White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease of hibernating bats that has caused dramatic bat population declines in North America since 2007 - yet certain bats survive infection. The collaborative research was centered at Colorado State University as part of the postdoctoral fellowship of David Hayman, now at New Zealand's Massey University. While at CSU, Hayman was mentored by Colleen Webb, professor of biology in the College of Natural Sciences, as well as by Paul Cryan, a research biologist at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, and Juliet Pulliam of the University of Florida. The researchers used a mathematical model integrating the effects of bat body size and metabolism with growth of the fungus across a range of winter temperature and humidity conditions. They then showed why some bats survive infection while other do not.
A Fort Collins-based team at Colorado State University learned on Jan. 9 that it won the virtual poster session for the NASA program, beating 25 other projects involving 100 researchers at 12 other locations across the country. The team's project focused on analyzing cheatgrass cover across the area burned by the Arapaho Fire in south central Wyoming. Cheatgrass is an invasive plant species that is non-native, said Amanda West, a postdoctoral researcher with CSU's Natural Resource Ecology Lab and one of the team's advisors. Findings from the team's research will help the Wyoming State Forestry Division decide how much herbicide they will need to purchase, and where to apply it, to destroy the invasive plant species. The team's partners - and anyone, really - can also use the CSU team's maps in grant proposals, to help secure funding for cheatgrass management. CSU Research Scientist Paul Evangelista is the director and science advisor for NASA DEVELOP at CSU.[Archive]