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2010-2011 Colloquium Schedule:

The ERIE colloquium is a weekly event where trainees gather to learn about and discuss ecological restoration topics with experts in these fields. If you would like to recommend a speaker for the colloquium series, please contact David Blersch at The 2010-2011 schedule will be available soon and filled in below.

Unless noted, all ERIE Colloquiums are at 1:00 pm in 223 Jarvis Hall. To browse past colloquium schedules, click here.

Fall Semester 2010

September 3: Welcome, Introduction and Planning Session led by ERIE Director David Blersch

September 24: IGERT trainees are recommended to attend the Department of Geography's Weekly Colloquia. Dr. Peng Gao, assistant professor at Syracuse University, will be speaking on  "Simple Character-ization of Complex Fluvial Systems" at 3:15pm in Wilkeson 145H.

October 1:Field trip scheduled to the West Seneca Oxbow. Margaret Wooster of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will lead a tour of the Oxbow and the recent implementation of restoration activities. For those who can stay for the afternoon, there is the opportunity to pitch in to the restoration effort and get your hands dirty by pulling some knotweed!

October 8: Field trip to Tifft Nature Preserve. David Spiering, Tiffy ecologist and restoration director, will lead a tour on the past years’ restoration activities.

October 22: Dr. David Dzombak, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’ 2010-2010 Distinguished Lecturer will give a talk, titled "Geologic Sequestration of CO2: Evaluating and Monitoring Seal Rock Integrity". He will present an overview of carbon capture and geologic sequestration (CCS) and the challenge of risk assessment in relation to deployment of the technology.

October 29: Jen Nalbone, Director of Navigation and Invasive Species for Great Lakes United, will present on a topic entitled “Evolution of Ballast Water Management in the Great Lakes Region”.

November 5: ERIE trainee Robert Earle, from UB's Department of Philosophy, will give a talk, entitled "Is Natural Beauty the Given?: Knowledge and the Aesthetics of Nature".

November 12:Dr. Paul Villard, Senior Geomorphologist at Geomorphic Solutions will give a talk, entitled "Natural Corridor Design: Science and Policy in Southern Ontario," at 12pm in 206 Furnas Hall (different time and place).

November 26: No Colloquium - Happy Thanksgiving

December 17: No Colloquium - Final Exam Week

Spring Semester 2011

January 21: Spring Semester Planning Session led by ERIE Director David Blersch

January 28:

February 4:

February 11:

February 18:

February 25:

March 4:

March 11:

March 18:

March 25: Dr. Stephen Murphy, Professor, Dept of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo; Chair, Society for Ecological Restoration Ontario (SERO)

April 1:

April 8:

April 15:

April 22:

April 29:


ERIE Events: 2010-2011 Academic Year

Click on the month to see a detailed listing of events and links to the relevant webpage or check out our google calendar of events (New Feature).

August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July

Erie sponsored events in bold. To see archived calendars of events, click here.

August 2010

August 23rd
ERIE Orientation from 9am to 5pm at Frank Lloyd Wright Boathouse (1 Rotary Row, Buffalo, NY)

August 30th
First day of classes for Fall 2009 semester

September 2010

September 3
ERIE Colloquium: Welcome and Planning Session for ERIE-IGERT trainees (1pm in Jarvis 223)

September 6
No classes (Labor Day observed)

September 8 (Wednesday)
Classes canceled after 6pm (Rosh Hashanah)

September 9 (Thursday)
Classes resume at 6pm (Rosh Hashanah)

September 17 (Friday)
Classes canceled after 6pm (Yom Kippur)

September 18 (Saturday)
Classes resume at 6pm (Yom Kippur)

September 22-24
The Healing Our Waters- Great Lakes Coalition's 6th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference "Healthy Lakes 2010: Putting People to Work to Restore the Great Lakes" will be held at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, NY.

September 25th and 26th
The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's Fall Shoreline Sweep

September 27th and 28th
The 4th International Conference on Natural Channel Systems will be held at the Delta Meadowvale Conference Centre and Resort in Mississauga, Ontario.

September 28 - October 2
The 39th Annual Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education will be held in Buffalo, NY.

October 2010

October 6-7
4th annual “Canadian-US Brownfield Summit (CUBS),” sponsored by the National Brownfields Association will be held in Buffalo, NY

November 2010

November 7-11
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America's 31st Annual Meeting: Bridging Science with Communities will be held in Portland, Oregon

November 13
The WNY Environmental Congress will take place in Buffalo, NY at City Honors Highschool (186 E. North Street). The event will feature Bill McKibben, renowned environmentalist and author of Eaarth, on building a regional environmental movement.

November 24-27
Fall Recess

December 2010

December 4
The 6th Annual Finger Lakes Research Conference will be held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Abstracts are due October 25.

December 10
Last day of classes

December 13-20
Final Exams

December 13-17
The American Geophysical Union's 2010 Fall Meeting will be held in San Francisco, California

January 2011

January 6-8
The 64th Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research (Conférence Canadienne de la Recherche sur les Pêches) will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

January 17
No Classes (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 18
Spring 2010 Semester begins

February 2011

March 2011

March 14-19
Spring Break

April 2011

April 22
Earth Day

April 23
Envirun, 5K run for the environment, sponsored by the Niagara Frontier's Section of the Air and Waste Management Association.

May 2011

May 22-25
The 11th Annual Americal Ecological Engineering Society Meeting will be held in Asheville, North Carolina.

May 25-27
The 6th International Conference on River Basin Management including all aspects of Hydrology, Ecology, Environmental Management, Flood Plains and Wetlands
will be held in Riverside, California. If interested, submit abstract ASAP (no set deadline as of this posting).

June 2011

June 6-24
ERIE Engineering for Ecosystem Restoration Workshop Series will be held at the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

July 2011


Registration for the Summer 2012 Stream Ecosystem Restoration Workshop Series is now open. It begins June 4th. Please go here to register. (April 2012)

The application period for the 2012 summer ERIE REU program is now closed. (March 2012)

Applications for the 2012-2013 ERIE IGERT program are now being accepted. (November 2011)

Applications for the 2012 summer ERIE REU program are now being accepted. (November 2011)

AMEC Geomatrix of Amherst, N.Y., has received the National Ground Water Association's 2011 Ground Water Remediation Award for an innovative nuclear waste cleanup project that the company completed with University at Buffalo researchers Dr. Alan Rabideau (ERIE IGERT Principal Investigator)and ERIE IGERT trainee Shannon Seneca. See the article here. (November 2011)

Two 2011 ERIE REU students presented their research findings at the Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Benjamin McPherson presented a talk entitled "Laboratory and Numerical Simulation of Vertical Ground Water Flow and Heat Transport Using Distributed Temperature Sensing" which was co-authored by J. Crowley and C. Lowry. Kaitlin Thomas presented a poster entitled "Identification of Groundwater-Stream Interactions with Implications for Biogeochemical Hotspots In Elton Creek, Western New York" which was co-authored by ERIE IGERT trainee J. Malzone and C. Lowry. (October 2011)

ERIE welcomes our 2011 IGERT trainees: Robin Foster, Valerie Goodness, Isabel Hannes, Douglas Lambert, David Spiering, and Stacia Wegst. More information on our new trainees will be posted on our ERIE's people webpage soon! In the meantime, you can read more about other trainees, faculty, and staff. (August 2011)

An evening reception and social mixer for the ERIE IGERT Program was held on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the UB Art Gallery. This event welcomed our new trainees and highlighted research from the past year. Please see the flyer for more information. (August 2011)

The second class of ERIE's REU in Ecosystem Restoration completed their nine weeks of intense research activity with a Symposium on July 20th where they presented their projects with short talks and a poster presentation. The Symposium was featured in the UB Reporter. The ERIE faculty, staff and trainees wish these talented students the best of luck in their future. (July 2011)

Congratulations to ERIE trainee David T.R. Stewart for his receipt of a travel award to present at the Laurentian Chapter of the Society of Environment Toxicology and Chemistry 16th Annual General Meeting in Elgin, Ontario, Canada! He presented a posted entitled "Design and Implementation of a Phytoremediation System for Groundwater Impacted by Chlorinated Solvents: A Field Application" based on the 2009 cohort's ecosystem restoration practicum work. The authors of the poster were: Stewart, D.T.R.; Blersch, D.M.; Donhauser, J.C.; Habberfield, M.W.; Mackintosh, S.A.; and Rabideau, A.J. and the poster won the Best Ph.D. Student Poster award. (June 2011)

Congratualations to ERIE trainee Michael Habberfield for being awarded a Mark Diamond Research Fund grant for his research project titled Investigating the influence of pool and landscape features on the spatial patterns of amphibian breeding in a vernal pool complex in central New York. This is a collaborative project with researchers at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on vernal pool ecology. This spring Michael began field work at ESF's Heiberg research forest, where 39 vernal pools were constructed in 2010 to investigate various questions regarding vernal pool restoration. His undertaking is a mark-recapture study on vernal pool amphibians aiming at understanding the factors influencing their movements between pools on a landscape scale. (April 2011)

UB's Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Dean Harvey Stenger, will be serving as UB’s Interim Provost. Click here for the press release. (April 2011)

On Wednesday, April 6th, Dr. Alan Rabideau presented at the Chemistry Department's Analytical/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series. His presentation was titled "Geochemical Modeling of Innovative Groundwater Treatment at the West Valley Demonstration Project. (April 2011)

ERIE trainees, Justin Donhauser and Robert Earle, organized Contemporary Debates in Environmental Philosophy and Ecosystem Restoration, an 8-week series of 1.5hr lectures/seminars,that focused on environmental philosophy and issues pertaining to ecosystem restoration.  Seminars were held every Tuesday from February 1st to March 22nd at Buffalo State College.  The program was sponsored by Buffalo State College's Philosophy Program and the ERIE Program. For more information, please see the event's poster and flyer. (April 2011)

Congratulations to Bernie Clabeaux and Justin Donhauser!  Bernie was the first ERIE-IGERT trainee to successfully defend her dissertation research; she defended during the Fall 2010 semester.  Justin successfully defended his dissertation proposal in November 2010.  Congrats to both!(December 2010)

ERIE Professor, Dr. James Jensen, was featured in a UB press release for his work with UB's Undergraduate Academies. Dr. Jensen is currently serving as the director of the Research Explorations Academy, one of the three academies.(December 2010)

ERIE Trainee Shannon Seneca's research for the West Valley Demonstration Project was highlighted on NPR's All Things Considered on December 27, 2010. Great Job Shannon! (December 2010).

The web-site has begun a Jobs page with listings of post-docs and academic positions. ERIE trainees who can see the light at the end of the tunnel, should use this site as valuable resource. ERIE trainees are encouraged to post their resume on the site. All IGERT affiliates can register for an account to have access to the site. (November 2010)

Buffalo's WBFO report on The future of Lake Erie & Buffalo River cleanup. (Aired November 17, 2010)

Alan Rabideau, ERIE faculty, and his advisee Shannon Seneca, an ERIE trainee, have been receiving local and national press for their involvement in the remediation of the West Valley Demonstration Project in West Valley, NY. The results from Shannon Seneca's laboratory column and batch experiments and Dr. Rabideau's numerical modeling have played a role in determining the expected performance of the zeolite being used in the permeable reactive barrier that was installed at the end of November.  For more information, including links to video interviews and news articles please see our updated web-page: Analysis of zeolitic materials for remediation of strontium contaminated groundwater at West Valley Development Project. (November 2010)

ERIE trainees, Shannon Seneca and Stacey Sloan Blersc