Taming emerging wine grape varieties: juice quality

Facing unpredictable climate changes, maintaining a sustainable agriculture depends on the availability of genetically diverse cultivars. The traditional European grapes (e.g. Pinot Noir) are cultivars of a single species. In contrast, emerging grape cultivars (European-American hybrids) take advantage of the tremendous genetic diversity of the native American grape species (about 30 species). In the traditional European grape varieties, shoot and fruit thinning is known to influence fruit juice quality (ripening time, sugar, acidity) and help reduce pesticide usage.

The native grape microbiome

The cold climate wine industry has recently boomed in the Northeastern America after the successful breeding of cold-tolerant grape varieties. Vineyards harbor a wide variety of microorganisms that play a pivotal role in grape quality and will contribute significantly to the final aromatic properties of wine. If essential beneficial microorganisms have been identified in traditional wine cultivars, in contrast little is known about cold-climate cultivars.

How do birds know what song to sing? - Hands on bird care

Research in the Podos lab focuses on development of female song preferences in swamp sparrows. In order to help contribute to our new lab discoveries, we are looking for enthusiastic undergraduates to care for our lab birds. This project involves hands-on animal husbandry, maintaining healthy diets and clean cages, and learning safe bird handling techniques. Students are typically scheduled for one or two days a week for work lasting about an hour.

Wildlife ecology of residential yards and urban green space

We are seeking a student intern to assist with a quantitative literature review of urban wildlife papers to determine spatial and temporal trends, the proportion of research that takes place on different types of green space and whether these patterns have changed over time. Duties will include organizing and compiling relevant literature, reviewing research articles to collect information and entering data in excel. There may also be opportunities to assist with occasional field work in the local area (e.g. mist-netting backyard birds).

Urban Ecology of Backyard Bees and Arthropods

Student interns needed to prepare insect specimens for identification. Research is part of the "Alternative Futures for the American Residential Macrosystem (ARM)" project, a multi-city integrated assessment of local and regional-scale consequences of residential development. We are investigating how varied land management decisions influence the ecological function and communities, and structure of residential yards and other public spaces.

Data Management Technician - Warren Lab

INTRODUCTION: We are Aaron Grade and Kit Straley, PhD students in Dr. Paige Warren’s lab. We are an urban ecology lab based in the department of Environmental Conservation. We are seeking laboratory technicians in Fall 2018 for two avian urban ecology studies. Aaron‘s study is focused on the effects of perceived predation risk on House Wren nesting biology on an urban gradient. During summer field seasons, Aaron’s crew monitors House Wren nests in nest boxes on private homeowner lands.

Bird TV-Behavioral Analysis of Nesting Songbirds

Research in the Warren lab focuses on the impacts of urbanization on wildlife. Suburban development changes habitat structure, influences resource availability, and affects wildlife behavior. As food availability in a habitat changes, animals must make foraging decisions to optimize the use of their time and energy while still avoiding predator detection. We are looking for research assistants to contribute to a project on parental behavior of songbirds at the nest, utilizing previously recorded video footage of nesting Wood Thrushes and House Wrens.

Cownose Ray Population Genetic Connectivity

Project Description: Our primary goal is to determine geographic connectivity of the Western Atlantic cownose ray population, with hopes to extend the research to evaluate the size of the (sub)population that visits Chesapeake Bay annually to reproduce. Cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) are migratory stingrays that are close relatives of manta and devil rays. They visit estuaries spanning the Eastern coast of the US to give birth and mate each summer; during this time, they are often caught in commercial fishery nets and hunted for sport by bowfishermen with little to no regulations.


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