December 16, 2017

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.

June 12, 2015-DATIS project members meet


June 11, 2015. EREN Members tour Elizabethtown campus sites.



June 10, 2015-EREN Members at meeting at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

June 10, 2015-Many of the EREN members from around the country have converged on Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania for the annual all members meeting.  Presentations are occurring on current and potential EREN projects.  Presentations will be posted on this site following the meeting.

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.

Two New EREN Projects Underway

The Oak MAST: Monitoring and Assessing Seed Traits study, beginning its pilot year this fall, will assess variation in seed traits, seed production and insect infestation among important oak species. The Bird-Window Collisions project will investigate how landscape structure and connectivity in urban areas affects the pattern and magnitude of bird collisions in order to better inform public policy, building design and conservation efforts.