Hellmann happenings

  • Hellmann to lead the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota starting Aug. 31, 2015
  • Another group of excellent undergrads working this summer in the lab on climate vulnerability of endangered butterflies and their interaction with plants or on the ND Global Adaptation Index: Megan Uekert (St. Mary’s), Katia Cruz (University of Puerto Rico), and Corey Robinson (Notre Dame), June 2015
  • We welcome back Jill McNabnay, biology teacher at Lakeshore High School for Summer 2015. Jill has developed a series of activities and educational materials for the high school level while working in our lab. Those materials can be found (and used!) here, July 2015
  • Hellmann visiting the Universities of Helsinki and Turku, the Finish Environment Institute, and the Finnish Natural History Museum as a Fulbright Specialist, including workshop for Doctoral Program in Wildlife Biology Research. Check out Facebook postings of May28-June 4, 2015
  • Hellmann appointed as Fellow to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame 2015
  • Hellmann and ND-GAIN receive a grant from the Kresge Foundation to pursue studies on climate change adaptation in US cites, December 2014
  • ND-GAIN hosts its  Annual Meeting at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Nov. 2014 with keynote speaker, Anne Thompson of NBC News. Watch video highlights here.
  • Hellmann addresses Women In Science Symposium, Field Museum, Chicago, IL, September 2014
  • Partner with FourTwentySeven, Climate Earth, and Greenhouse Gas Management Institute for webinar on global risks to corporate supply chains, September 2014
  • A gaggle of undergrads in the lab this Fall: Sophia Chau, Sarah Clark, Sara Hogan, Meagan Hughes, Miranda Madrid, Catherine McQuestion, & Tyler Wager
  • Review of Eric Post’s book on climate change ecology reviewed in BioScience, Summer 2014
  • New grad student to the Hellmann Lab, Lainey Pasternak, Summer 2014
  • The Hellmann Lab welcomes research assistants, Megan Hughes and Gabriella Thivierge, Summer 2014
  • The Hellmann Lab and collaborators host representatives from state and federal agencies to give consult on project involving restoration of the Kankakee River, the “Everglades of the north,” May 2014
  • Project manager for our ND Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change, Jason Dzurisin, attends press event at the White House releasing the 3rd National Climate Assessment, May 2014
  • Hellmann undergrads headed off to summer REUs: Miranda Madrid to the University of Vermont and Tyler Wagner to Kansas State University, April 2014
  • Postdoc Ashish Sharma is awarded computing time on the world’s largest supercomputer, Blue Waters, for his work to make fine-scale models of climate and climate change, March 2014
  • The Hellmann Lab welcomes Team Kankakee, undergrads studying ecosystem services of wetland restoration: Caitlin Bryski, Sarah Clark, and Sara Hogan, Spring 2014
  • Tyler Wagner comes back from Australia; Riley Parrot and Miranda Madrid continue their work; and newbies Anna Kottkamp and Alex Vinett join the lab, Spring 2014.
  • ND-GAIN hosts its  Annual Meeting at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Dec. 2013. Watch video highlights here.
  • Two undergrads join the ND-GAIN team, Spencer Ness and Zhelun (David) Li, Fall 2013.
  • Welcome to summer students, Tyler Wagner (ND), Judy Long (Wheaton College) and Rui Yan Ma (Queens College), 2013.
  • Jessica partners with Elena Bennett (McGill), Leah Gerber (ASU), Liz Hadly (Stanford), Hope Jahren (Hawaii), Dawn Wright (Esri), and Tony Barnosky (UC Berkeley) in a three-part series on the Nature blog,Soapboxscience. The 1st post makes the case for outreach and engagement by academic scientists; the 2nd  makes some recommendations about finding time for outreach; and the 3rd explores institutional constraints, May 2013.
  • The Climate Change Adaptation Program of the Environmental Change Initiative (led by Hellmann) announces ND-GAIN, a new research and outreach project to quantify and inform global adaptation actions, April 2013. Watch video here. See press release here.
  • Hellmann appointed associate editor for new open-access journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, April 2013
  • 2013 Notre Dame conference, Climate Change and the Common Good, website includes Twitter feed and videos of presentations, April 2013
  • Congratulations to graduate student, Sean Ryan, on passing his oral proposal defense and winning a Sigma Xi grant, all on the same day, December 2012
  • Our collaborative project on the endangered Karner blue butterfly is featured in National Park Service news on climate change, with a description of summer intern, Tatyana Liakhova
  • Welcome to Ashish Sharma, new postdoc on the climate change adaptation team here at ND, and Jishan Liao, new grad student, Fall 2012
  • Congratulations to Jen Carroll for successful completion of her masters, Fall 2012
  • The Technical Input Team for Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services to the 2013 National Climate Assessment releases its report, available here August 2012
  • Visit the Hellmann Lab at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR: Hellmann talkRyan poster, August 2012
  • Congrats to postdoc, James Lukey, for his new position with the Univ. of Illinois and Illinois Natural History Survey, July 2012
  • Very happy to have high school students in the lab this summer, Disha Waghray and Andrew Hildreth, Summer 2012
  • Congratulations to undergrads Brian Argus and Kevin Towle on their graduation, May 2012
  • The Hellmann Lab is excited that Stephanie Crook, a teacher at Portage High School in Portage, IN will be joining our lab this summer as a RET, Summer 2012
  • We welcome Frank Bouchard to the lab who will be joining our Karner blue research team. And we welcome back, Sarah Snyder, Spring-Summer 2012
  • Congratulations to Shawn O’Neil for successfully defending his dissertation! March 2012
  • Former PhD student, Shannon Pelini, will join the faculty at Bowling Green State University in Fall 2012. Congratulations Shannon! March 2012
  • Congratulations to Caroline Williams for successfully defending her PhD, starting a new postdoc at the University of Florida, and receiving news of papers accepted at PLoS One and Climate Research, March 2012
  • Technical input team on biodiversity and ecosystems for the National Climate Assessment meets in Palo Alto, CA, Jan. 2012
  • CONGRATULATIONS to former lab member, Kirsten Prior, on her new baby girl, Morgan! Nov. 2011
  • Master’s thesis project by Jill Mueller published in the Australian Journal of Botany, about the effects of drought stress on Australian tropical trees, 2011
  • Article by Hellmann and colleague, Michael Pfrender, in special issue of Conservation Biology about the future of the discipline, celebrating the journal’s 25th anniversary, Nov. 2011
  • Public seminar series for the fall semester, “What Sustainability Means to Us,” launches on Aug. 30, 2011 with presentation on climate change by Hellmann
  • Congratulations to Grace Wu, recipient of a 2011 NSF Graduate Fellowship, April 2011
  • New Minor in Sustainability in announced for undergraduates of all majors at Notre Dame; created by Hellmann and colleagues and run by M. P. Miglietta, March 2011 (news article)
  • Jessica Hellmann is selected as a 2011 Leopold Leadership Fellow, March 2011 (press release)
  • Congratulations to Kirsten Prior on receiving a postdoc fellowship from the University of Toronto!March 2011
  • New papers by graduate students Kirsten Prior and former student Shannon Pelini appear in Ecology and Global Change Biology, Dec. 2010
  • Our team of researchers at Notre Dame working on climate change adaptation for ecological systems wasawarded $1.55M from the National Science Foundation. Investigators include Nitesh Chawla (computer science), Jessica Hellmann (biology), Debra Javeline (political science), Omar Lizardo (sociology), Jarek Nabrzyski (Center for Research Computing), and Alejandro Camacho (law), Sept. 2010
  • Caroline Williams wins the Scholander award from the American Physiological Society for her presentation, “Energetic costs of increasing thermal variability: an exploration of the mitigating effects of plastic Lepidoptera.” The Scholander Award is the most prestigious young investigator award presented by the APS in the field of comparative physiology, Aug. 2010
  • Welcome Grace Wu! Grace is a new technician leading our Karner blue experiments. Grace is a graduate of Pomona College, has a master’s from Cambridge, and is a native Californian. She has an excellent background in molecular evolutionary biology and now is developing expertise in conservation biology. Aug. 2010
  • A new crop of undergrad researchers and field technicians will join the lab for Summer 2010. Welcome to Kevin Jennison (Grinnell College), Alyssa Paz de Araujo (Tulane University), and Jay Falk!
  • The University of Notre Dame makes a Strategic Research Investment to Hellmann and colleagues to pursue interdisciplinary research on climate change adaptation, March, 2010
  • Kirsten Prior receives a Bayer Fellowship from the Center for Environmental Science and Technology at Notre Dame, July, 2009
  • The Hellmann Lab has two papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — onelead by Shannon Pelini in collaboration with Brent Sinclair and Caroline Williams at the University of Western Ontario; the other a product of the Managed Relocation Working Group, June, 2009
  • Hellmann is the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management, May, 2009
  • Former grad student, Travis Marsico, accepts an Assistant Professorship at Arkansas State University.  Congrats, Travis!
  • Undergraduate, Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones, wins a Slatt Fellowship from the ND Energy Center in support of her research, April, 2009
  • Six undergraduates from Notre Dame, Brown University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Houston, and the University of Western Ontario perform research in the Hellmann Lab; summer, 2009
  • Shannon Pelini successfully defends her Ph.D. & begins a postdoc at Harvard Forest, Harvard University, March, 2009
  • Our undergrad, Jessica Keppel, is accepted to grad school at the University of North Carolina-congrats!
  • The Managed Relocation (assisted migration) working group holds its second meeting in Santa Barbara, Jan., 2009
  • City of Chicago announces Climate Action Plan based on report co-authored by Hellmann; Sept., 2008
  • Travis Marsico successfully defends his Ph.D. & begins a postdoc at Mississippi State University; Aug. 2008
  • Hellmann and collaborators begin a series of working group meetings on assisted migration (assisted colonization) funded by the NSF and the Cedar Tree Foundation; Aug. 2008
  • Hellmann and collaborators host a workshop on assisted migration (assisted colonization) at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Milwaukee; Aug. 2008
  • Five undergraduates from Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee, the University of Portland, the University of Miami, Cabrini College, Cal State San Jose, and the University of Western Ontario perform research in the Hellmann Lab; summer, 2008
  • Shannon Pelini wins a Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship from the US Department of Energy; March, 2008
  • Our research is featured by the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team; July, 2007
  • Shannon Pelini wins Graduate Women in Science grant; June 2007
  • Shannon Pelini wins Sigma Xi grant; May, 2007
  • Kirsten Prior wins Xerces Society grant; April, 2007

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