Lisa J Delissio
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Dr. Delissio received her B.S. in Biology from Tufts University where she was first introduced to tropical ecology. She then worked as a laboratory technician at M.I.T. where the C. elegans DNA she sequenced contributed to Nobel Prize-winning work on programmed cell death. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Biology at Boston University where she studied tropical forest ecology in Malaysian Borneo with Richard Primack, one of the world's leading Conservation Biologists. Her current research interests include climate change, tropical forests, small island ecology, and science education. She is the author of a blog on the use of the arts to teach STEM disciplnes: http://stemtosteamihe.wordpress.com.
Scientific research interests:
The impacts of climate change and development on the wild plants and tropical dry forest in Culebra, Puerto Rico. Current project: creation of an herbarium reference collection of the plants of Culebra, and an associated field guide.
* Global climate change
* Tropical forest ecology
* Tree demography
* STEAM: http://stemtosteamihe.wordpress.com
* Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership START Grant: Atlantic Partnership for the Biological Sciences: a Partnership for Effective Lab- and Field-based Science: http://atlantic.mspnet.org/
* Teaching scientific writing to Biology majors
* Providing tropical field experiences for undergraduates
My research students and protege(e)s. Where are they now?
Kathryn Arey - M.S. in Environmental Education, University of New Hampshire
Steven Bentley - Science Teacher in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Master's in Teaching Biology, UMass Boston; previously Forest and Park Supervisor - MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Cheryl Bondi - Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Cortland. MS in Biology, Humboldt State University; Ph.D. from SUNY- ESF, worked on red-backed salamanders in VT/NH and examining the effects of soil calcium on their diet
Emily Bradford - Technical document maker and research assistant at US Biological, Marblehead
Kristina Klausewitz - Medical narrative writer at Crowe Paradis Services Corporation in Peabody
Joseph Mistretta - Instructor with Science by Scientists (http://sciencefromscientists.org/people/instructors) Master's in Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Alisha Ramirez - Participating in an OpWall Field Experience
Jennifer Smith-Castro - Fish and Wildlife Biologist - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Yukari Tabiki - Back in Japan, working toward a career in the conservation of marine species
Veronica Wade - Environmental Specialist at Triumvirate Environmental
Cortney Wieber - Instructor with Science by Scientists (http://sciencefromscientists.org/people/instructors). Master's in Biology, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Worked at Billabong Sanctuary with cassowaries, kangaroos, wombats, koalas and other native Australian wildlife
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Courses (Course descriptions available at: salemstate.edu/registrar):
BIO 121 Diversity of Life
BIO 123 Plants and People
BIO 124 Human and Social Biology
BIO 131 Introduction to Organisms
BIO 300 Botany
BIO 301 Conservation Biology
BIO 407 Directed Study in Biology
BIO 408N Research in Biology
Co-chair of the Biology Department Undergraduate Research Abroad Committee
Currently Serving on the All College Committee
____, Primack, R., Hall, P., and Lee, H.S. 2002. A decade of canopy tree seedling survival and growth in two Borneo rain forests: persistence and recovery from suppression. Journal of Tropical Ecology 18:645-658.
____and Primack, R. 2003. The impact of drought on the population dynamics of canopy tree seedlings in an aseasonal Malaysian rain forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 19: 489-500.
Drobot, S., Porinchu, D.F., Arzayus, K.M., Barber, V.A., ____, Smith, l.M., and Warren ,J. M. 2004. The ‘ideal’ climate change Ph.D.Program in Report from the October 2003 DISCCRS workshop: 15-20.
____ 2008. Analysis of rainfall data from the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico over a period spanning 1907-2007 in light of climate change predictions. A report for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Boqueron, P.R. October.
Knowlton, C., ____ 2011 (Lead Author); Encyclopedia of Life (ContributingAuthor); Hogan, C. M. (Topic Editor) Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (Ziphius cavirostris): Ecology and Anthropogenic Impacts. Retrieved from <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Cuvier%E2%80%99s_beaked_whale?topic=49540>
____ and Arthur, Calum. 2011 Study shows benefits ofconservation work for students. Biodiversity Science. July. Retrieved July 25,2011
Ramirez, A. (Lead Author), ______ (Contributing Author) (2012), Hogan, C. M. (Topic Editor) The critically endangered dusky gopher frog, Lithobates sevosus. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/175530
Kasprzyk, T. (Lead Author), _____ (Contributing Author) (2012). Ecology of the Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) in a century of industrialization: consequences of indirect human impact. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/175314
Student names are in italics.
____and Primack, R. 2000. The resilience of tree seedlings in a severe drought at Lambir Hills National Park. Center for Tropical Forest Science Biennial Meeting, Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science and the National Institute of Education, Singapore.
____2003. The population dynamics of tropical rain forest seedlings as indicators of climate change. Dissertation Initiatives for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS). Guanica, Puerto Rico.
____and Klausewitz, K. 2007. Tree phenology in a Caribbean tropical dry forest. Fifth Annual Symposium in Plant Biology. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
____2008. Confronting climate change in the U.S. Northeast. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine of Tufts University, Grafton.
____ 2010. The use of studies of plant taxonomy and plant ecology to encourage environmental stewardship in school children. Escuela Ecologica, Culebra, Puerto Rico