ERIE Archives News
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
March 25: Dr. Stephen Murphy, Professor, Dept of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo; Chair, Society for Ecological Restoration Ontario (SERO)
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).
Erie sponsored events in bold. To see archived calendars of events, click here.
September 8 (Wednesday)
September 9 (Thursday)
September 17 (Friday)
September 18 (Saturday)
September 25th and 26th
September 27th and 28th
September 28 - October 2
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 IGERT.org 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 IGERT.org 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 Blersch, will be presenting at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in December. Ms. Seneca will give an oral presentation, entitled “Evaluation of the removal of Strontium-90 from groundwater using a zeolite rich-rock permeable treatment wall.” Ms. Blersch will present a poster, entitled “A modeling framework for evaluating stream restoration techniques and ecosystem response.” (November 2010)
ERIE trainee Michael Habberfield presented at the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference at U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY on October 22, 2010. His presentation was entitled "The Influence of Landscape and Species Characteristics on the Efficacy of Conservation Corridors: Results from a Meta-analysis and the Importance of Relative Scale". (November 2010)
ERIE trainee, Stacey Sloan Blersch presented to the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District on October 6th, 2010, as an invited speaker in their "Regulatory Development Hour" speaker series, in which speakers generally present on a variety of topics relevant to the issues facing the regulatory branch of the USACE. Ms. Blersch presented on her ERIE research, entitled “A framework for evaluating stream restoration techniques and ecosystem response”, based on her research on the restoration of Elton Creek in Cattaraugus County, New York. Approximately 30 Corps employees were present, as were regional representatives from USACE and NYDEC. (October 2010)
ERIE trainee, David T.R. Stewart, will be presenting at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's Annual Meeting in November. His talk is titled "Inductively Coupled Plasma with Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Measure Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of Quantum Dots by E. fetida."(September 2010)
ERIE welcomes our 2010 trainees: Michael Gallisdorfer, Jonathan Malzone, Sarah Whiteway and Louis Williams. To learn more about other ERIE trainees and faculty, visit our ERIE's people webpage.(August 2010)
The first class of ERIE's REU in Ecosystem Restoration completed their nine weeks of intense research activity with Symposium on August 6 where they presented their projects with short talks and a poster presentation. The ERIE faculty, staff and trainees wish these talented students the best of luck in their future and are already looking forward to next year's class.(August 2010)
The National Science Foundation has funded UB's REU in Ecosystem Restoration. The program will recruit talented undergraduate students for a 10 week research experience in ecosystem restoration. More information will be posted in the near future. (April 2010)
Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway - The University at Buffalo’s Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) Program, in partnership with Great Lakes United, co-sponsored a lecture by Jeff Alexander, award-winning environmental journalist and author. Mr. Alexander will presented readings from his new book, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, an environmental study detailing the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway 50 years ago and its role in the biological shifts that have reconfigured the Great Lakes ecosystem. (April 2010)
ERIE trainee Nate Drag will be presented at Crossing Borders 2010: A Multi-Disciplinary Student Conference on the United States, Canada and Border Issues. The conference was from March 25th to 26th, 2010 and hosted by the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York. Mr. Drag's presentation,“Two Different Exits: Niagara Falls as a Case Study in the Differences Between North American Cities and Highway Lane Miles Per Capita”, was part of a session on Cross Border Cultural Studies; he presents on March 26th.(April 2010)
Visit by Dr. Dan Longboat, Assistant Professor of Native Studies at Trent University,to UB on March 25th and 26th. Dr. Longboat, a Turtle Clan member of the Mohawk Nation, is Director of Trent University’s Program in Indigenous Environmental Studies. The ERIE Program co-sponsored a talk by Dr. Longboat entitled “The Nature of Knowledge Interaction: Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Western Environmental Science” on the evening of Thursday, March 25th (flyer attached). The following day Dr. Longboat met with students and faculty affiliated with ERIE during colloquium to continue the conversation about the role of indigenous environmental knowledge and western science.(March 27 2010)
The West Seneca "Oxbow Property" was recently donated to the Town of West Seneca as a gift from from the estate of Robert and Bernadette Jacobs. The 2nd year ERIE cohort produced a habitat restoration plan for the site as part of their work in the ERIE Ecosystem Restoration Practicum Course during Fall 2009. (More information about the Oxbow project is available online.) ERIE director David Blersch and the ERIE practicum team participated in an reception to honor the Jacobs family for their donation on March 23rd. The night was hosted by The West Seneca Commission for the Conservation of the Environment.(March 17 2010. For more information, please see the Buffalo News Article and the University at Buffalo Press Release. (March 27 2010)
ERIE trainiee Justin Donhauser is starting off his semester by giving several talks on his research. He started the semester presenting “Complex Promiscuous Realism and Adaptive Ecosystems Management: Toward Pluralism and the Dimensions of Integration” to the ERIE-IGERT colloquium. In March, he will present “From Mind/Body Dualism to Mind/Body Triism” at the 'Mind, World, and the Space in Between': 3rd Annual University of South Florida Graduate Student Conference and “Spacetime Dimensionality and Real Presentism” at the University of Waterloo Philosophy Graduate Student Association Seventeenth Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy. (March 2010)
UB is participating in RecycleMania, a national competition for colleges and universities designed to promote recycling and waste reduction efforts on campus. For the complete story, click here.(February 2010)
ERIE trainee Bernie Clabeaux recently participated in the first of a series of forums on the biocontrol of invasive species. The forum was led by Leah Sharpe, a doctoral candidate specializing in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota. For the complete story, click here.(February 2010)
Congratulations to ERIE PI Dr. Alan Rabideau on being named to a National Academies of Science Panel, which will examine future options for management of subsurface remediation. The project to which he has been assigned is entitled, “Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort.” Click here to see full press release.(December 2009)
ERIE trainee Bernadette “Bernie” Clabeauxrecently participated in a teaching opportunity called the "Green to Clean" Project involving 4th to 6th grade students at the Futures Academy in Buffalo, NY (Buffalo Public School #37). Click here to read the full story of Clabeaux's educational outreach including the participating organizations. (November 2009)
ERIE faculty Sean Bennett's research and laboratories were featured in a recent UB news release. Bennett is currently studying the erosion and sediment transport processes of gullies and rills using physical and numerical models. By developing an understanding of these processes, his research contributes to a solution for reducing both sediment erosion and its high nutrient loadings.(October 2009)
On Friday December 11th, second year ERIE trainees presented their final habitat restoration plan for the West Seneca Oxbow Wetland site. It showcased their work in the ERIE Practicum course over the past semester as well as displayed the results of the collaboration between the ERIE Program and Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper over the past six months. All are invited to attend to lend a critical review of the trainee's work. The presentation will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 in room 223 Jarvis (12/2009).
On Friday December 4th, the ERIE colloquium featured a conversation with the artists Gary Wolfe and Priscilla Bowen, co-creators of the ERIE-sponsored art installation “Streams of Thought” (an article and image of the piece can be seen at http://www.buffalo.edu/news/10339, and the actual piece is on display in the ERIE office, 202 Jarvis). Our conversation will be about the collaboration between those in the fields of art, humanities, engineering, and sciences to create works of beauty in art and the environment. The event will be held in 223 Jarvis, and light food and refreshments will be served. (12/2009)
Congratulations to ERIE PI Dr. Alan Rabideau on being named to a National Academies of Science Panel, which will examine future options for management of subsurface remediation. The project to which he has been assigned is entitled, “Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort.” Click here to see full press release.(12/2009)
ERIE trainee Bernadette “Bernie” Clabeaux recently participated in a teaching opportunity called the "Green to Clean" Project involving 4th to 6th grade students at the Futures Academy in Buffalo, NY (Buffalo Public School #37). Click here to read the full story of Clabeaux's educational outreach including the participating organizations.(12/2009)
ERIE faculty Sean Bennett's research and laboratories were featured in a recent UB news release. Bennett is currently studying the erosion and sediment transport processes of gullies and rills using physical and numerical models. By developing an understanding of these processes, his research contributes to a solution for reducing both sediment erosion and its high nutrient loadings.(12/2009)
Several ERIE faculty were highlighted in the University at Buffalo's 2008 Annual Report: Impact's focus section on the Lower Great Lakes and Niagara River, which starts on page 16.(12/2009)
ERIE trainee Shannon Seneca's paper has been accepted for the 2009 American Indian Science and Engineering Society(AISES) National Conference in Portland, OR. On October 31st, Shannon presented her talk titled "Native Americans, Ecosystem Restoration, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge." (11/2009)
The 4th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium "Cultures at the Confluence: Native Americans, Ecology, and the Susquehanna Valley" was held from Friday, September 25 to Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. ERIE faculty Don Grinde, professor and chair of the UB American Studies Department, will be presenting Saturday on American Indian Culture and Ecological Restoration in the Northeast.(10/2009)
ERIE faculty Sean Bennett and Alan Rabideau have been mentioned in the latest newsletter of the Canadian Geophysical Union (July 2009)for their presentations at the AGU Conference Session: Binational Principles and Practices of Stream and Ecosystem Restoration. The summary can be found on page 5. (9/2009)
ERIE's commissioned artwork Streams of Thought was unveiled on August 7th at the UB Center for the Arts at an artists reception. The work was a collaborative effort by artists Gary L. Wolfe and Priscilla Bowen. Click here to read about the artwork and the event.(8/2009)
ERIE is proud to announce the dates of their Summer 2010 Ecosystem Restoration Workshop on June 7 to 25. Click here for press release.(9/2009)
The ERIE Orientation, for both new and current trainees, was held on August 7, 2009. ERIE trainees presented brief summaries on their current research topics.(8/2009)
Dr. Robert Wells, of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, traveled to Buffalo on July 27th to demonstrate the jet erosion testing device to ERIE IGERT trainees and professors. The device is used for testing determining the erodability and shear stress of stream beds and banks.(8/2009)
Read UB reporter aricle Best Places at UB for a Natural High.(7/2009)
ERIE director, David Blersch recently attended two conferences. At the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting in Reno, NV, David presented a paper entitled “Engineering autonomy in an algal turf scrubber technoecosystem” in the “Applications of Ecological Engineering” technical session. This paper described his results on work to develop an automated feedback control system for an algal-based wastewater treatment system. At the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) Ninth Annual Meeting in Corvallis, OR, he presented a poster entitled “Development of an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Ecosystem Restoration at the University at Buffalo” in the general conference poster session. ERIE principle investigator, Dr. Alan Rabideau is a co-author. This poster described the programmatic structure initiated for the ERIE IGERT program. Both presentations were well attended and well received.(7/2009)
ERIE fellow, Robert Earle traveled to Missoula, Montana in June 2009 to take part in the 4th Annual Environmental Ethics Institute co-taught by Andrew Light and Christopher Preston. This year's session focused on the themes of fire, restoration and wilderness in the age of climate change.(6/2009)
The American Geophysical Union's 2009 Joint Assembly, The Meeting of the Americas in Toronto, Ontario, Canada was held in Toronto, Ontario from May 24-27. ERIE faculty Dr. Sean Bennett co-convened a session entitled "Binational Principles and Practices of Stream and Ecosystem Restoration"; and fellow ERIE faculty Dr. Alan Rabideau gave an invited talk on "Interdisciplinary education, research, and training for ecosystem restoration." ERIE trainees Shannon Seneca and Stacey Blersch presented posters at the conference on "Evaluation of Zeolite Permeable Treatment Wall for the Removal
ERIE Faculty Dr. Don Grinde Jr. presented his talk "The anthropological and ecological geneology of Iroquois traditional stories" at the third meeting of Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) in from May 21-23. The conference was held at the University of Minnesota. NAISA is a new professional organization for scholars who work in American Indian/Native American/First Nations/Aboriginal/Indigenous Studies.(5/2009)
ERIE trainee, Robert Earle, presented the paper "Nature and Illusion" at the 10th Annual Michigan Statue University Philosophy Conference on April 5th, 2009. He also be presented the paper "Theistic Incentives to a Kantian Morality" at the Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference on April 12, 2009.(3/2009)
ERIE faculty Dr. Joseph Atkinson presented "Particle Based Sediment Transport Modeling - A Tool for Contaminated Stream Remediation" at the Hong Kong IAHR annual meeting on April 3, 2009 and at teh Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University on March 25, 2009.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with UB, presented its national training workshop, "Consulting with Indian Nations," on March 24-26. The Buffalo News article available. (3/2009)
ERIE faculty Dr. Joseph Atkinson presented "Ecosystem Restoration, Modeling and Management in the Great Lakes" at the Graduate Environmental Institure at National Taiwan University on March 24, 2009.
Nate Drag, ERIE trainee, presented a poster titled "Great Lakes Diplomacy: A Case Study in the Evolution of Binational Environmental Diplomacy and Governance" at Great Lakes Research Consortium Faculty Student Conference March 13, 2009 at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He will also be giving a talk with the same title at the Crossing Borders Festival March 26 and 27 at Brock University in St Catherines, ON. (3/2009)
The University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is pleased to announce the 2009 Summer Workshop Series, “Engineering for Ecosystem Restoration”, a set of three field-intensive academic and professional development courses focusing on the science and practice of ecosystem restoration. For more information click here. (3/2009)
ERIE faculty Dr. Joseph Atkinson presented "Ecosystem (Stream) Restoration in Western New York" at the Stream Naturalization Workshop for the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on February 27, 2009.
ERIE featured in Annual Report on Research Activity - from the University at Buffalo (10/2008)
UB conducts Ecosystem Restoration workshop series - from UB News Center (6/2008)
UB Adds Doctorate on Ecosystem (currently unavailable)- from Buffalo News (11/2007)
UB receives IGERT grant - from UB Reporter (11/2007)
Grant will fund Great Lakes education - from Business First of Buffalo (11/2007)