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SEAPRE Junior Scientist Exchange Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM | 2008 WINNERS

 

Purpose of SEAPRE junior scientist exchange
Three or four junior scientists (graduate students, post doctoral fellows, research technicians, beginning faculty or agency scientists) will be selected to participate in cross-system exchanges between research and conservation groups associated with the SEAPRE Research Coordination Network. Junior scientists should be actively or recently involved in ecological research or conservation on islands inhabited by seabirds. Applicants should demonstrate in their proposal how they will benefit from visiting a different set of seabird islands or lab of a seabird island research group, and how they will interact with the scientists working in the other system. Priority will be given to projects that facilitate comparative studies between the systems, and will provide a more global context for the work being done in both systems.

Allowable Funding Requests:
SEAPRE will provide funding ranging from $1500-2000. Funding is intended to allow the participants to travel and work at another field or lab; it is NOT intended to cover associated research costs (supplies, equipment, lab analyses, etc.). Participants based at a US institution may request funding to cover travel expenses to any location, accomodation, and other personal costs; foreign participants (not based at a US institution) are limited to visiting US-based research groups and may request support for accomodation and on-site personal costs but not travel costs. SEAPRE encourages applications from women and minorities.

Application deadline is March 15 2009

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And the 2008 winners are....

Holly Jones
"The theoretical component of my research focuses on ecosystem resilience in the face of disturbance. Specifically, I look at the recovery of island ecosystems in New Zealand following the cessation of a disturbance - rodent invasion. I am particularly interested in if and how seabird restoration may help speed the recovery process. I am using a variety of approaches to examine recovery including a natural experiment, a seabird recovery simulation experiment, and modeling."
Holly Jones
 

 

Hillary Young
"With the support of the SEAPRE Junior Scientist grant, I will visit the Aleutian Islands where Jim Estes, John Maron, Don Croll and others worked on the role Arctic foxes played in changing nutrient dynamics and vegetative community composition. This will follow up on my ongoing work in the Central Pacific looking at the similar role coconut palms play in changing nutrient conditions. In both cases the mechanism causing these nutrient shifts is alteration in seabird numbers and thus seabird nutrient inputs. In particular I hope (1) to inspect and resurvey the nutrient addition plots established by Maron et al. as part of their work, and (2) to conduct new measurements on herbivory levels and insect communities in these plots. This will inform and improve the experimental design of my own planned experiments in the central pacific in the next year, helping me achieve methodological similarity between my work. Ultimately, this will allow me to compare data my data to theirs and consider the generality of these effects at different scales and in different systems."
Hillary Young
 

 

Joanna Smith

Matthew McKown

"Matthew McKown and Joanna Smith (Juan Fernández Islands Conservancy) will participate in a cross-system exchange to assist with preparations for a terrestrial restoration project on Palmyra Atoll (led by Alex Wegmann of Island Conservation and the University of Hawaii). In June 2008, Jo and Matthew will help Alex with preparations for the 2009 rat eradication program in order to gain experience with the planning and logistics of rodent eradications on islands and to bring this experience back to JFIC. They will, in turn, contribute their seabird expertise to the project by testing methods for restoring extirpated species. Specifically, this SEAPRE exchange has four components: To assist with rat eradication biomarker tests, to survey the island for evience of previous petrel colonies, to establish baseline acoustic activity of potential prospectors, and to use call playback to attract extirpated seabird species (social attraction)"
Joanna Smith (top) and Matthew McKown (bottom)
 

 

 

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