On August 1st I’ll be starting a 1+ year postdoc with Dr. Julie Lockwood’s lab at Rutgers University. There I’ll be studying detection and sampling design issues associated with eDNA surveys for invasive and native animals. I’ll also be continuing my work on various conservation issues.
Reporter Kyle Bagenstose wrote a nice piece about the recovery of Bald Eagles in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I was interviewed and quoted in the piece after being referred by a colleague at Rutgers. This allowed me to meet Kyle and hear about his cool plans for more conservation-oriented regional news stories. Good to hear about positive (or any) conservation stories in the news! Burlington County Times, Bucks County Courier.
Here’s an animation of the Bald Eagle recovery based on BBS data:
I spent 3 days in Portland, Maine last week with a great group of grad students and mentors from the USDA, Manomet, Maine DEP, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and UMaine. We spent a day thinking and learning about climate adaptation in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, and drafting a paper about what is needed to enable new leaders to tackle these challenges. Again, I definitely recommend applying for this program if you are at a land grant University in the Northeast and your work deals with climate. Learned a lot, good opportunities, and relatively low time commitment. Here is a link to more info: https://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/hubs/northeast/topic/gradcap And here is a link to the info sheet for the webinar I gave as part of the program: https://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/sites/default/files/allen_final_web508.pdf
Here’s a news snippet with more info.
I recently had the opportunity to give a live-streamed webinar about my grassland bird research for the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. This was part of my participation in that organization’s new “Graduate Student Climate Adaptation Partners” program. I highly recommend grad students apply for this program if your research relates at all to the topics of climate and agriculture. It was a great group of people to interact with and a great resource to broaden my knowledge of the challenges posed by climate change. Check out the program here. The webinar was live streamed, and eventually will be viewable here: https://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/node/1505