January 2019

Welcome to Our New Faculty Member, Dr. Kyle Palmquist!

    The Department is pleased to welcome plant ecologist Dr. Kyle Palmquist. Dr. Palmquist grew up in south-central Connecticut, but headed south for her BS in Biology and Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston. Here, she realized her love for botany and ecology and developed a particular fascination for the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) ecosystem. After working two years as a roving field technician on projects in western Wyoming, California, South Florida, and Maryland, she began a PhD in Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her PhD research focused on understanding how fire management, climate, soil properties, and biogeographic history have shaped spatial and temporal patterns of plant biodiversity in longleaf pine woodlands throughout the southeastern US. After receiving her PhD in 2014, Dr. Palmquist headed west for a postdoctoral position at the University of Wyoming where she used ecological simulation modeling to quantify the impacts of climate change and disturbance regimes on dryland plant communities.

    Dr. Palmquist's research focuses on quantifying vegetation dynamics over space and time and identifying how the relative importance of the ecological processes structuring plant communities change with spatial and temporal scale. In addition, a key goal of her research is to understand how plant communities will be altered in the face of global environmental change. An important motivation for her work is to address ecological questions at large spatial scales to inform landscape conservation. She collects field data, uses existing large observational data sets, and implements simulation modeling to pursue these goals in temperate shrublands, woodlands, and forests. She has a particular love for longleaf pine woodlands of the southeastern US and the biodiversity they contain. Dr. Palmquist welcomes students interested in plant ecology, fire ecology, global change ecology, or conservation to approach her about opportunities.

For Seniors Graduating in May


    The deadline to apply for May 2019 graduation is Friday, February 8. To apply, first log on to myMU. Expand the "Services" menu at the left, then choose "Marshall Information Liaison Online (MILO)," then "Student Records," then "Apply to Graduate." A $50 diploma fee is required, and can be paid online at the time of application, or in person at the Bursar's office. The ceremony will be Saturday, May 11, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

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Interested in an Internship at the Mammoth Site in South Dakota?

    The Mammoth Site, in Hot Springs, South Dakota, is a sinkhole from which more than 10,000 vertebrate and invertebrate fossils have been uncovered. The fossils include at least 30 vertebrate species, as well as both invertebrate and botanical species. The Site offers both Museum Engagement Internships and Conservation Internships. Explore the opportunities at the Mammoth Site here.

Free Tutoring Available for BSC 104, 105, 120, 121, 227, 228, 322, and 324

    Take advantage of free tutoring offered for several BSC courses! Graduate students who are GAs in the courses listed above offer free tutoring during their office hours or by appointment. A list of GAs' office hours and contact information will be posted on the door of the BSC Tutoring Center and GA Office, Science 209, by the end of the first week of classes. The GAs are there to help you; consider visiting them early on so that you can keep up with classes as the semester heats up!

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Brag Box An abbreviated list of recent BSC student and faculty accomplishments:
  • Ana Ramirez (BSC BS 2016) has graduated with a Master's in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in International Health and Development. Her focus was Research Methodology for Public Health Interventions. At Marshall, Ana performed research with Dr. Spitzer to investigate physiological changes in brain cells after exposure to emerging environmental contaminants. She is also the founder of Marshall's Chapter of MEDLIFE, spearheading many community service projects and service learning trips during her tenure as a leader of this organization. Next, she will work in health program design, implementation, and management domestically, mainly in the non-profit sector. Her future plans include working for bilateral organizations that provide community-based, participatory interventions to vulnerable populations around the world, as well as a Ph.D. in Social Epidemiology or Medical Anthropology.
  • Recent MS graduate Sean Wineland has published research from his thesis work: Sean M. Wineland, Shane M. Welch, Thomas K. Pauley, Joseph J. Apodaca, Max Olszack, Jennifer J. Mosher, Jeffrey N. Holmes, Jayme L. Waldron. Using environmental DNA and occupancy modelling to identify drivers of eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) extirpation. In: Freshwater Biology. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/fwb.13210
  • Dr. Victor Fet has two recent publications that include colleagues from the USA, Greece, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland:
    • Fet, V., A. Parmakelis, I. Stathi, G. Tropea, P. Kotzakiozi, L. Kardaki, and M. Nikolakakis. 2018. Fauna and zoogeography of scorpions in Greece. In: Sfenthourakis, S. et al. Biogeography and Biodiversity of the Aegean. In honor of Prof. Moysis Mylonas. Limassol, Cyprus, 123-134.
    • Fet, V., F. Kovařík, B. Gantenbein, R.C. Kaiser, A.K. Stewart, and M.R. Graham. 2018. Revision of the Mesobuthus caucasicus complex from Central Asia, with descriptions of six new species (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius, 270: 1-77. Note that Matt Graham earned his MS at Marshall with Dr. Tom Pauley!

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