The 2015-2016 Bass Connections in Global Health team, led by William Pan, assistant professor of global environmental health worked in the Moyobamba, Peru area on a study of leishmaniasis, an understudied tropical disease that disfigures those affected.
Check out this and another study of malaria that the team worked on in Northeastern Peru.
Thanks to Environmental Conservation for selecting our publication 'Rapid conservation assessment for endangered species using habitat connectivity models' as an EC Perspectives paper!
There is increasing scrutiny of water use in California and the agricultural sector has become a popular target. Can it be done and what will it mean for waterbird habitat? Conaway Ranch in Yolo County has begun experimenting with drip irrigation, in consultation with water use experts from Israel.
Read the full story here: https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2016/03/25/drip-irrigation-for-rice-has-habitat-impacts
Our article in Environmental Conservation has received some press coverage!
Thus far, the story has been picked up by our local NPR station (WUNC), ScienceDaily, ECNMag, EurekAlert, and of course Duke Today.
New publication: Rapid conservation assessment for endangered species using habitat connectivity models
Check out our newly minted paper investigating habitat connectivity and conservation options for the San Martín titi monkey in Peru!
Schaffer-Smith, D., Swenson, J.J., & Bóveda-Penalba, A.J. 2016. Rapid conservation assessment for endangered species using habitat connectivity models. Environmental Conservation. doi: 10.1017/S0376892915000405
Published online: 03 March 2016. Copyright © Foundation for Environmental Conservation 2016
Last night I presented preliminary analysis from my dissertation research for the Wake Audubon Society Chapter in Raleigh NC following their monthly business meeting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. A total of 71 people were in attendance including high school students, and one retiree with 85 years of bird watching under his belt. Additional details about the event can be found here.
This December I attended the AGU Meeting in San Francisco, California for the first time. I presented a poster summarizing methods for mapping available wetland habitat from Landsat 5, 7, and 8 to enable analyses over three decades. Also included was an analysis of 30 years of habitat availability patterns in the Sacramento Valley applying these methods. About 25,000 earth scientists attend this meeting every year, which can be a little overwhelming. I came home with some excellent feedback on my research and a notebook chock full of scribbled ideas for future work.