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Listen on JPR: Cougars As Ecosystem Engineers

Listen on JPR: Cougars As Ecosystem Engineers

New research from Panthera shows the role pumas play as ‘ecosystem engineers.’ Listen to this interview with Panthera Puma Program Director Dr. Mark Elbroch and Pace University MS in Environmental Science graduate student Josh Barry ’19.

Read on Panthera: Fab Four: Beetles, Big Cats, Bears and Biodiversity

Read on Panthera: Fab Four: Beetles, Big Cats, Bears and Biodiversity

Joshua Barry ’19, has recently published a paper entitled, “Pumas as ecosystem engineers: ungulate carcasses support beetle assemblages in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem“, co-authored with fellow Pace student Anna Kusler ’18, and Pace faculty members Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and Melissa Grigione, PhD. Joshua wrote a blog post discussing the paper originally published in Oecologia in which the authors highlight the ecosystem engineering role of pumas for beetle communities.

Zero-Waste Project

My summer research, supervised by Dr. DuPuis, was focused on the state of food waste management in urban and suburban areas. The goal is to identify the barriers to properly managing food waste and achieving zero-waste goals. We identified the main players in food waste collection, food waste recycling (composting), and some sources of food waste production.

The Impact of Agriculture on Water Quality in Southern Trinidad

The Impact of Agriculture on Water Quality in Southern Trinidad

From June 10th – July 30th, I conducted field work in Southern Trinidad to find out the impact of agriculture on water quality, specifically how agricultural runoff contributes to microbial and nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorus) pollution, and impacts macroinvertebrate communities (an ecological indicator for overall ecological integrity).