December 16, 2017

Two EREN Members Receive Eugene P. Odum Award

April 11, 2016. This summer, the Ecological Society of America will jointly honor Ferrum College’s Carolyn Thomas and Bob Pohlad with the Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education. This award is given to an ecologist who through teaching, outreach, and mentoring activities, has demonstrated the ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs. This is the first time in the award’s 16 years of existence that the Eugene P. Odum Award has been jointly presented.

Read this article to learn more about Bob and Carolyn’s achievement!

NEON Internships Available for Undergraduates!

December 17, 2015. The National Ecological Observatory Network ( is currently recruiting for next summer’s Undergraduate Internship Program which matches six undergraduate interns enrolled in STEM disciplines with NEON projects ( We are seeking students who show promise for leadership and functional skills and, in particular, we encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. All travel to and from Boulder, CO and housing expenses are paid by NEON and students will be offered a generous salary— all while gaining valuable professional experience working closely with NEON staff mentors on high-level projects. Additionally, our interns receive training and other opportunities to develop their communications, leadership and other professional skills that will help set them up for success in their future education and career aspirations.

Read more on the NEON 2016 Internship Site (

For additional information, please email

New EREN Project Underway!

October 6, 2015. The newest EREN research project will focus on investigating clines and local adaptation in the common milkweed. This project is being led by Dr. Emily Mohl of St. Olaf College. Follow this link to learn more about the project and find out how you can get involved: Milkweed Adaptation

New project ideas are always welcome! If you have an idea, email your proposal to

EREN Events and EREN Member Presentations at the Ecological Society of America Meeting 2015

August 11, 2015. Follow this link to see a list of the EREN Events and EREN Member Presentations that you can attend at the 2015 Ecological Society of America Meeting: EREN at ESA!

EREN Cross-College Collaboration in Action

July 5, 2015. Ohio Wesleyan University students working on the EREN Emerald Ash Borer project visit with one of the Lead Scientists for EREN’s Emerald Ash Borer Project: Dr. Ben Dolan, at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH. We discussed differences in forest composition between Ohio Wesleyan’s and University of Findlay’s plots and students got to experience how different sites can be across the Ohio landscape. Thank you to Ben and his co-Lead Scientist, Jason Kilgore, for giving EREN a great example to follow on cross-site collaboration!

EREN’s Bird-Window Collisions Project Makes Front Page!

June 30, 2015. The Bird-Window Collisions Project led by Steve Hager, Duke researchers, and many other collaborators made the front page of the Triangle-based News & Observer (in both print and web) this June! The News & Observer is the second largest newspaper in North Carolina after the Charlotte Observer. To read the article online follow this link: Bird-Window Collisions in the News & Observer.

Stream Temperature Project Published and Featured on Environmental Monitor

After years of collecting and compiling research from across North America for the EREN stream temperature project, Jeffrey Simmons and colleagues have been published in the journal “River Research and Applications”. Their paper has also already been featured in an article on Environmental Monitor, a website highlighting new and exciting environmental achievements. Click here to read about the stream temperature project on Environmental Monitor and follow this link to read the full stream temperature paper: A Comparison of the Temperature Regime of Short Stream Segments Under Forested and Non-forested Riparian Zones at Eleven Sites Across North America.

EREN Organized Oral Session at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting

This summer, EREN will be featured at the Ecological Society of America meeting in its own Organized Oral Session scheduled for Friday, August 15 from 8:00AM-11:30AM in Room 306 of the Sacramento Convention Center. Entitled “The Ecological Research as Education Network (
EREN): Merging teaching and research through continental-scale collaborative projects,” this session will highlight EREN’s ongoing research projects, their contributions to ecological knowledge and education, their challenges, and lessons learned. Presenters include David Bowne, Tracy Gartner, Steve Hager, Karen Kuers, Tim McCay, Jeffrey Simmons, Laurie Anderson, and Bob Pohlad.

The Strengths of Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

A report created by The Council of Independent Colleges demonstrates that primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) better prepare students for careers and graduate study in STEM fields. Often, students from PUI backgrounds are more persistent and reach higher than those attending non-PUI schools. To read the full report on this topic, follow this link: “Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges”.

Distribution of North American Earthworms Project featured on PBS

Tim McCay and his Colgate University students have been featured on a local PBS in the Adirondacks collecting research for the Distribution of North American Earthworms Project, talking about the project’s background and concepts, and highlighting the collaborative nature of the Ecological Research as Education Network. To view the video follow: PBS Video Featuring this Earthworm Project.