Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Students Win Awards

KNOXVILLE — Five graduate students in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department recently received national awards for their research efforts.

Mackenzie Taylor won a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship for her paper, “Reproductive Mechanisms within the Basal Angiosperm Cabomba (Nymphaeales).”

Amy Turmelle won an Environmental Protection Agency STAR fellowship for her paper, “Rabies Disease Ecology in the Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis).”

Jean-Phillipe Lessard won a postgraduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for his paper, “On the relative importance of phylogeny, regional abiotic processes, and behavioral interactions in determining ant community structure and success of biological invasions.”

Martin Nuñez won an NSF doctoral dissertation improvement grant (DDIG) for his paper, “Dissertation Research: Experiments on multiple factors affecting Pinaceae invasions on Isla Victoria, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina.”

Colleen Iversen won an NSF DDIG for her paper, “Dissertation Research: Will CO2-mediated increases in fine-root litter progressively decrease forest N availability by increasing N immobilization in soil organic matter?” Iversen also was named the Marvin L. Wesely Distinguished Graduate Research Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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