Department News

2009-04-13

CLAUSEN, GADDIS, STEELE RECEIVE GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FROM NSF

Congratulations to graduate students, Rachel Clausen, Keith Gaddis, and Stephanie Steele for receiving Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. There three year awards pay an annual stipend of $30,000 plus tuition and fees.


Rachel Clausen will study the impact of changes in nutrient levels in species composition and community structure in marine intertidal ecosystems of New Zealand and California. Rachel also recently received a Fulbright award to support the New Zealand work.


Keith Gaddis will investigate gene flow and pollinator communities of Acacia senegal populations among oases of Mauritania, Africa, that are becoming increasingly isolated by desertification. Keith worked in Mauritania as a Peace Corp volunteer.


Stephanie Steele's research explores the impact of lekking species of Manikins on seed dispersal and seedling fitness of tropical forests of Ecuador, integrating behavioral, ecological, and genetic techniques.