Announcements / Upcoming Events

The Auburn University Stream Team: Preparing the Next Generation of Water Scientists

It is with great pleasure that we inform you about our new student outreach program, The Auburn University Stream Team: Preparing the Next Generation of Water Scientists. Through funding from the Auburn University Outreach Scholarship Program and the Auburn University Center for Forest Sustainability we are soliciting participation in our upcoming outreach program targeting rising high school students interested in attending college and pursuing a career in water or natural resource management. If you would like more information please call Michelle Cole, Outreach Director, and please visit the website for additional information

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Urban-Rural Interfaces Linking People and Nature Book

Center for Forest Sustainability director Graeme Lockaby, David Laband of Georgia Tech and Wayne Zipperer with the US Forest Service are co-editors of a new book, Urban-Rural Interfaces: Linking People and Nature. In this book, the editors present a broad spectrum of work representing the most current scholarship on ecosystems, human dimensions, and the integration of human and natural systems. Both Zipperer and Laband work closely with the CFS to enhance and facilitate linkages between research and education activities at local to global scales in order to address pertinent issues at the urban- rural interface

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The Center for Forest Sustainability Researchers to study links between West Nile Virus and Urbanization

Two professors in Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences have been awarded a $240,000 research grant from the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program to study the links between urbanization and West Nile Virus. Clinton-McClure Professor Graeme Lockaby, and Associate Professor Latif Kalin will conduct the project, "Impact of Forest to Urban Conversion on Human Health," in collaboration with the USFS Southern Research Station and the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Community Health. Other members of the Auburn research team are assistant professor Wayde Morse and postdoctoral fellow Krisztian Magori, a quantitative disease ecologist.

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Center for Forest Sustainability related news coverage on West Nile Virus and Urbanization.

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The Center for Forest Sustainability hires an Environmental Health Specialist.

The Center for Forest Sustainability is happy to announce that Dr. Krisztian Magori has joined us as a postdoctoral fellow. Krisztian describes himself as a quantitative disease ecologist, using mathematical and statistical methods to investigate the connections between hosts, pathogen, and their environment in general. Krisztian is originally from Hungary, where he studied at Eotvos University, obtaining an MSc in Ecology and a PhD in Biological Physics. He is particularly interested in disease transmitted by biting insect vectors, such as mosquitoes, ticks and biting midges. In the last 8 years, he has been researching various aspects of dengue fever, West Nile virus, hemorrhagic disease, and Lyme disease as well as the vectors that transmit them. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Forest Sustainability, he will lead a project investigating the effects of urbanization and deforestation on West Nile virus transmission risk through effects on urban stream hydrology and water quality. The project will primarily focus on the state of GA, using surveillance data collected since 2001 by the GA Department of Community Health. Our project involves faculty and staff at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Center for Disease Control, the US Forest Service and the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The project will demonstrate the linkage between urban stream hydrology, water quality and human health, and the effects of climate change and urbanization in the South-east on mosquito-borne infectious diseases." If you would like to obtain more information about his research at kmagori@auburn.edu or http://kmagori.weebly.com

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Southern Forest Futures Project.The US Forest Service has released a summary of the results from their Southern Forest Futures Project. Note Chapter 13 (Water and Forests) for a discussion of the implications of urbanization on water resources.

The US Forest Service has released a summary of the results from their Southern Forest Futures Project http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/futures/reports/draft/Frame.htm. Note Chapter 13 (Water and Forests) for a discussion of the implications of urbanization on water resources.

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The Center for Forest Sustainability receives Outstanding Collaborative Units Award

The Center for Forest Sustainability and its partners has won the 2011 President's Outstanding Collaborative Units Award. This Award is presented to those Auburn University units whose collaborative efforts result in unique exemplary service or academic excellence within the University and the community.

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Center for Forest Sustainability is featured in the Leaves of Change “Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry”

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