March 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

Farallo, Morhardt, Converse, Dorkoski Awarded OCEES Graduate Fellowships

The Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies announced four  graduate fellowships for 2014-15.

  • Vincent Farallo was awarded an OCEES Graduate Fellowship for Spring 2015 for his work on “Exploring below the undergrowth: the role of microhabitat in the evolutionary ecology of Plethodontid salamanders” under his adviser, Dr. Donald Miles, Professor of Biological Sciences.
  • Ashley Morhardt was awarded an OCEES Graduate Fellowship for Fall 2014 for her work on “Brain reconstruction and evolution in archosaurs” under her adviser, Dr. Larry Witmer, Professor of Anatomy and Chang Ying-Chien Professor of Paleontology in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Paul Converse, was awarded an OCEES Graduate Fellowship for Fall 2014 for his work on “The molecular ecology, population ecology and phylogeography of the Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin” under his adviser, Dr. Willem Roosenburg, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Shawn Kuchta, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Converse earned a B.S. in Biology from Alma College in 2010.
  • Ryan Dorkoski was awarded an OCEES Graduate Fellowship for Fall 2014 for his work on “The consequences of elevated phosphorus and pH on ecosystem function in glaciated and unglaciated temperate deciduous forests” under his adviser, Dr. Jared DeForest, Associate Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology. Dorkoski earned a B.S. and M.S. from Bloomsburg University.
Ryan Dorkoski

Ryan Dorkoski

Farallo, Morhardt and Converse are Ph.D. students in Biological Sciences, and Dorkoski is a Ph.D. student in Environmental & Plant Biology.

“The OCEES Fellowship will allow me to conduct my research more intensely at OHIO and gives me the ability to conduct research at the Leetown Science Center of the USGS, where I am working with a collaborator,” Converse says.

“Being awarded the OCEES Graduate Research Fellowship will allow me to focus on doing higher quality science by giving me time to complete my research with the care it requires,” adds Dorkoski.

Paul Converse

Paul Converse

About OCEES Graduate Research Fellows: The goal of the OCEES fellowship program is to increase research support for graduate students in ecology and evolutionary biology at Ohio University. The program provides relief from teaching for highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs in OCEES departments. The fellowship facilitates the students’ research productivity by enabling them to devote full time to complete field or laboratory research or work on writing theses, dissertations and/or publications.

Ashley Morhardt

Ashley Morhardt

About the Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies: OCEES is approved by the Trustees of Ohio University and resides in College of Arts & Sciences. The mission of the center is to advance the knowledge of ecology and evolutionary biology through an interdisciplinary learning and research community, integrating cutting-edge science and technology with undergraduate and graduate education.

The center’s core philosophy is that the frontiers of ecology and evolutionary biology advance by integrating diverse conceptual and methodological approaches from different academic disciplines and separate units within the University. This interdisciplinary approach stimulates new areas of research and collaboration and increases interchange among diverse faculty and students. Accordingly, the best preparation for students is formal engagement in research in modern integrative biology.

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