The Hawaiian Islands support the greatest levels of biodiversity per unit area in the World. The geological history of the archipelago has allowed certain early colonizing groups to undergo adaptive radiations on successively emergent volcanic islands. I have been studying all of the estimated 425 native species of the beetle family Carabidae (predaceous carabid beetles), and have studied the patterns of extinction in various groups based on historical and present-day collections from the field. Recent collaboration with Dr.
This project, working withthe National Park System, NPS, considered new resilient landscpe methods in response to seal level rise and catastrophic sorm events.
PRO-DAIRY increases the profitability, competitiveness, and environmental sustainability of New York's dairy farms through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability and environmental quality while advancing dairy professionals' knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm.
Acoustic monitoring of hunting activity in national parks and concessions designated for resource extraction provides unbiased information about the intensity of hunting pressure on wildlife that can be used to measure the effectiveness of intervention programs and guide improvements to those programs.
A method is developed to provide quantitative estimates of elephant population change over relatively short time intervals.
As climate change continues to affect our region, this work evaluates the management strategies with which forest owners and managers could reduce the susceptibility of forests to the damaging effects of climate change.
A working group of applied and basic researchers has been established to coordinate research and extension regarding a highly damaging new disease of boxwood. University and USDA-ARS workers studying disease management and epidemiology, pathogen survival and genetics are collaborating closely to develop a highly focused effort resulting in new information and its dissemination.
Climate change is affecting agriculture in the northeastern US in many ways. Heavy precipitation events are up 72%, growing seasons are longer, winters are warmer and summers hotter. These changes pose new challenges to agriculture in the region but also potential opportunities to expand and diversify what is grown in the region where 22% of the US population lives. It is critically important to keep farmers, government agencies, policy makers and many others up to date on the challenges but also the opportunities as the climate continues to change.
This study, funded by NY Sea Grant, will contribute to oyster restoration efforts in the Hudson/Rariton Estuary (HRE) by developing a new strategy for both optimizing restoration design and evaluating restoration success using cutting-edge genomic methods to track larval dispersal patterns. In the second major objective, analysis of the functional genetics related to survival across diverse HRE habitats will be used to adaptively model which brood stock source population(s) will best serve restoration goals under projected climate-change scenarios.