ERIE News and Events


ERIE Program News

ERIE IGERT Trainee Robin Foster recently presented a poster and a talk at the 7th Hellbender Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri on her hellbender dissertation research. (July 2015)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Jonathan Malzone recently published a paper "Temporal Hyporheic Zone Response to Water Table Fluctuations" in the journal Groundwater. (July 2015)

Recent ERIE IGERT graduate Robert Earle has published a paper "Is Natural Beauty the Given?" in the Journal Environmental Ethics. (July 2015)

Read the Spring 2015 ERIE Program Newsletter (April 2015)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Isabel Porto Hannes recently published a paper with several co-authors titled "Population Structure of the corals Orbicella faveolata and Acropora palmata in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System with comparisons over Caribbean basin-wide spatial scale." The paper can be found in the journal Marine Biology, 162:81-98. (March 2015)

Congratulations to ERIE IGERT Trainee Robert Earle who recently defended his dissertation "Deep Intentional Environmental Value: Toward a Relational Theory" in the Philosophy Department! Dr. Earle has a paper from his dissertation forthcoming in the journal Environmental Ethics. (March 2015)

Registration is open for the 2015 Summer Ecosystem Restoration Workshops. The workshops will take place during the first week on June. Visit our workshop page for more information and to register! (December 2014)

The application for the 2015 ERIE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer program is now open. Applications are due February 27, 2015. Visit the REU Application Page for more information. (December 2014)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Isabel Porto Hannes received the Best Poster Award for her presentation at the 5th Annual Student Conference for Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. (November 2014)

The Fall 2014 ERIE Newsletter is now available. (November 2014)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Justin Donhauser had a paper titled "How theoretical analyses in ecology can enable environmental problem-solving" accepted for publication the December 2014 issue of the journal Ethics and the Environment. (November 2014)

2014 ERIE REU participant Kimberly Alexander recently presented her REU research "Hydrodynamic Effects of Invasive Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha and Dreissena bugensis) Shells in a Laboratory Flume" with her faculty mentor, Dr. Sarah Delavan, at the Council on Undergraduate Research's Research Experience for Undergraduates Conference in Arlington, VA. (November 2014)

ERIE IGERT Trainees Michael Habberfield and Stacey Sloan Blersch along with co-authors, recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Water Resources Assocation (JAWRA) entitled "Rapid geomorphic and habitat stream assessment techniques inform restoration differently based on levels of stream disturbance." (February 2014)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Michael Gallisdorfer recently published a paper in the Journal of Hydro-environment Research with several co-authors entitled "Physical-scale model designs for engineered log jams in rivers." (February 2014)

Registration for the 2014 Summer Workshops in Environmental Restoration is now open. Please visit the workshop website for more information and to register. (December 2013)

ERIE researchers Alan Rabideau, Ken Shockley, and Doug Lambert recently teamed with historian Michael Frisch and Canisius College sociologist Erin Robinson to win a highly competitive National Science Foundation "INSPIRE" grant to study groundwater restoration from an interdisciplinary perspective. You can read more about the project in this UB article. (October 2013)

ERIE IGERT trainee Joshua Wallace won 3rd place for his poster presentation "Assessment of conventional waste management and advanced waste treatment systems in removing veterinary antibiotics" at the 264th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. (October 2013)

ERIE IGERT trainee Michael Habberfield presented his research at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 5th World Conference on Ecosystem Restoration in Madison, Wisconsin. His talk was entitled "Spatial dynamics of vernal pool amphibians: Using translocations to identify spatial scales of habitat selection." (October 2013)

Several ERIE IGERT trainees, REUs, and researchers presented their work in two special sessions on Ecosystem Restoration at the Middle States Division Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting that was held at SUNY Buffalo State on October 18-19. (October 2013)

Dr. David Blersch and Peter Byrley were featured in the local UB Reporter and Buffalo Rising for their work on algal turf scrubbers. See it here. (July 2013)

Our 2014 Summer Environmental Restoration Workshop schedule is now available. Registration will open later this year. Please keep checking back for updates! (July 2013)

Congratulations to ERIE IGERT trainee Susan Mackintosh who sucessfully defended her dissertation and graduated with her Ph.D. in Chemistry. Her dissertation was entitled "Answering Burning Questions: Analysis and Quantification of Halogenated Flame Retardants and their Metabolites in Environmental and Biological Matrices." Dr. Mackintosh will now be moving on to a Post-Doc in the School of Public Heath at San Diego State University. (May 2013)

The UB Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development recently published an article featuring the ERIE REU Program. We are happy to announce that this program has received grant renewal from the National Science Foundation. Read the article here (March 2013)

Several people involved in the ERIE IGERT Program, including trainees Sarah Whiteway and Douglas Lambert, recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) entitled "An assessment of U.S. stream compensatory mitigation policy: Necessary changes to protect ecosystem functions and services." (March 2013)

ERIE trainee David T.R. Stewart recently published a paper with numerous co-authors in the journal Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry entitled "Quantum dots exhibit less bioaccumulation than free cadmium and selenium in the earthwork Eisenia andrei." (March 2013)

Shannon Seneca and ERIE PI Alan Rabideau recently published a paper entitled "Natural zeolite permeable treatment wall for removing Sr-90 from groundwater" in Environmental Science & Technology. 2013)

The application period for the 2013 REU summer program is now closed.

2012 ERIE REU participant J. Oliver Haugland gave a presentation entitled "Mapping stream subsurface heterogeneity using ground penetrating radar in glacially dominated streams" at the 2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting co-authored by ERIE IGERT trainee Jonathan Malzone and Dr. Chris Lowry. (November 2012)

ERIE IGERT trainee Jonathan Malzone gave a presentation entitled "Physiochemically distinguishing hydrological exchange between streams and stratified glacial drift with multiple groundwater sources" at the 2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting co-authored by Dr. Chris Lowry. (November 2012)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Jonathan Malzone and his advisor Dr. Chris Lowry gave a presentation entitled "Complex base flow in stratified glacial drift aquifers: ecological implications" at the 39th International Association for Hydrogeologists Congress in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (September 2012).

Congratulations to ERIE IGERT Trainee Susan Mackintosh! Ms. Mackintosh received the Otto Hutzinger Student Award for her presentation at the 2012 Dioxin Conference. This award recognizes outstanding student presentations and acknowledges their scientific contribution to the field of halogenated persistent organic pollutants. (September 2012)

Welcome to the 2012 ERIE IGERT Trainees: Jonathan Pleban (Geography), Beynan Ransom (Civil, Structural, & Environmental Engineering), Luke Scannell (Civil, Structural, & Environmental Engineering), and Joshua Wallace (Chemistry). Information about the new Trainees is forthcoming on our ERIE People webpage. Congratulations and best of luck! (August 2012)

ERIE IGERT Trainee Susan Mackintosh gave a presentation entitled "Levels and bioaccumulation of halogenated flame retardants in the Lake Erie aquatic food web" with multiple co-authors at the Dioxin 2012 Symposium in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. (September 2012)

ERIE IGERT Trainee David Spiering recently presented a poster entitled "Effectiveness of alternative herbicides for control of Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)" at the First Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species Conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (August 2012)

ERIE IGERT trainees Stacey Blersch and David Spiering worked with Groundwork Buffalo's Green Team on a restoration project at Tifft Nature Preserve. You can read more about this project and partnership in this press release (August 2012)

Congratulations to ERIE IGERT trainee David T.R. Stewart for receiving the Best Ph.D. Student Platform Presentation Award at the Laurentian Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicologists and Chemists (SETAC) Annual Meeting. His presentation was entitled "Bioaccumulation of Cadmium and Selenium from Quantum Dots by Eisenia andrei" and co-authored by Noguera, K.O., Lee, V., Banerjee, S., and Aga, D.S. (June 2012)

ERIE IGERT co-PI, Dr. Sean Bennett, is co-editor of a new American Geophysical Union monograph entitled Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses and Tools. Read the UB Green press release and interview here. (May 2012)

ERIE IGERT trainees Valerie Goodness, Douglas Lambert, and Sarah Whiteway are presenting their research entitled "Interdisciplinary evaluation of a wetland enhancement project for the Tuscarora Nation" at the 2012 NSF IGERT Trainee Video & Poster Competition via (visit Voting is open to the public until May 25th at noon. Cast your "Public Choice" vote for their poster here:  (May 2012)

Congratulations to Shannon Seneca for successfully defending her dissertation entitled “Evaluation of a Natural Zeolite PermeableTreatment Wall in the Removal of Strontium-90 from Groundwater: Installation to Long-term Performance.” Shannon is the second ERIE IGERT trainee to graduate and the first female Native American to earn a Ph.D. from UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Read her UB Reporter article here. Good luck on your future endeavors, Shannon! (May 2012)