School of Natural Resources and Environment

News and Research Digest

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan is one of nine research universities in a new international effort, funded by a $12 million award from the National Science Foundation, to build better cities of the future.

The University of Minnesota-led project brings together scientists, industry leaders and policy partners committed to creating cities that are highly functional, that promote the health of residents and the environment, and that have that intangible vibe, called livability, that makes cities desirable places to live and work.

The School of Natural Resources and Environment is seeking a qualified individual to serve as an Administrative Specialist for SNRE. Under direction from the Chief of Staff, the incumbent will provide a full range of highly responsible administrative and secretarial support to the Dean, Associate Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chief of Staff. This position will serve as a key member of the Dean's Office staff, providing support to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

SNRE Professor Rosina Bierbaum, a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), has been featured on the White House webpage. Professor Bierbaum commented on the President's Clean Power Plan, applauding the market-based approach and powerful signal to the rest of the world to take a stance on climate change. In her role on PCAST, Professor Bierbaum contributes to reports advising President Obama on a wide range of issues, including climate change, drug innovation, agriculture, and STEM education.

SNRE is gearing up to host our fresh batch of Master's and Doctoral students at the Dana Building and the Biostation for Incoming Student Orientation from 8/31-9/4. Orientation is the best way for students to familiarize themselves with our program, faculty and staff, building, and future classmates. We immerse our incoming students in interactive activities that will give them a feel for the next two years at SNRE, led by faculty, staff, and Field of Study Track Leaders.

Professor Ivette Perfecto is leading a team of students, including SNRE master's student Zu Dienle Tan, in Tapachula, Mexico to conduct a study on the migratory patterns of rodents. Setting 120 traps throughout a coffee plantation, the team is collecting data to analyze species distribution in the fragmented landscape. This research is one of dozens of international projects that SNRE is leading this summer.