Cornell Guani Fellowship in Conservation Biology

We are pleased to announce that the Guani Fellowship in Conservation Biology has been awarded to Justin Proctor. Justin’s MS/Ph.D. research will focus on breeding biology and community conservation of the Golden Swallow in the Dominican Republic. He will be supervised by David Winkler, the newest member of the Field of Natural Resources. Nominations for future Guani Fellowships will be solicited in the fall.

Evan Cooch, Cliff Kraft, Steven Wolf

DNR Graduate Student Darrick Evensen Awarded the Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship

Department of Natural Resources graduate student Darrick T. N. Evensen was awarded the Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship. The Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship provides an academic-year of support during which the Fellow can devote him- or herself
to the study and practice of teaching writing within and beyond the context of her or his own discipline.

The Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship is open to candidates with an interest in undergraduate writing from any field of
the Graduate School at Cornell. Preference will be given to those who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program. The award is intended for graduate students who have had substantial teaching experience.

The Fellow may receive the opportunity to attend appropriate conferences. He/she may also be invited to participate in various Knight Institute activities.

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Youth Development and Bird Conservation in NY State

Out on the Bronx River with Rocking the Boat students, observing Blue Jays, Red-tailed Hawks, Belted Kingfishers, and more!

DNR student Lilly Briggs, in collaboration with her advisor Dr. Marianne Krasny and Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Director of Education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has undertaken a Land Grant Fellowship project this fall to support both youth development and bird conservation in New York State. She hopes to blend the ecological, social, and educational goals of citizen science and civic ecology by giving youth an opportunity to study birds and participate in bird-focused citizen science initiatives such as eBird (, as well as engage them in bird-related civic ecology projects ( To achieve these goals, she is using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “BirdSleuth” curriculum ( to teach youth about bird identification and the significance of citizen science, and is then going beyond the curriculum by helping to facilitate civic ecology activities that can specifically benefit birds, such as tree-planting, bird-box building, invasive species removal, and more.

Thanks to fellow student Alex Kudryavtsev, Lilly has connected with an organization called Rocking the Boat. Based in the South Bronx, Rocking the Boat (RTB) “uses boats to help young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social disadvantage develop into empowered and responsible adults” ( She has been to RTB twice this fall to teach students about bird identification and entering data into eBird, and will go again in December to help them build tree swallow boxes. Lilly has also met with the afterschool coordinators of Jefferson County Cornell Cooperative Extension, and due to their interest in and enthusiasm for her project she has scheduled a return visit in February to facilitate a BirdSleuth/Civic Ecology training workshop for approximately 20 educators.

Lilly would like to thank the College of Agriculture and Life Science for the Land Grant Fellowship funding that has enabled her to pursue this initiative, as well as Marianne and Nancy for all of their guidance and support in conceptualizing and realizing the project.

DNR graduate student to work on House Natural Resources Council

Jillian Cohen, a PhD candidate in DNR, recently earned a Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The Knauss fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area.  Cohen will spend a year working for the House Committee on Natural Resources, under the guidance of Ranking Minority Member Edward Markey.  The committee considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.  Cohen will be serving on the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
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