Emmons ’15 Receives Award for Tree-Kangaroo Habitat Research Conducted in Australia

March 20th, 2014 by 


Erin Emmons ’15, a biology major at the College of the Holy Cross, has received a School for Field Studies Distinguished Student Research Award for work she did while studying abroad in Australia during the fall semester.

Emmons, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., shares the award with research partner Wes Hauser of Wabash College while working at the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies in northeastern Queensland. The students used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to focus on the habitat of the Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo.

Their research resulted in two papers: “Putting Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo on the map: Using present distribution to assess habitat requirements and identify areas for further surveys,” and “Assessment of the Distribution and Habitat Requirements for Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo Using Spatial Analytical Tools in ArcGIS.” The project significantly contributes to the center’s ongoing five-year research plan by addressing one of the center’s key research issues: understanding social and ecological systems.

Each year, the SFS honors its most exceptional students with Distinguished Student Research Awards for their important contributions in environmental research. SFS students engage in undergraduate research guided by faculty projects related to each of the seven research center’s individual research plans. Outcomes of the research projects provide information and recommendations to community members and other stakeholders on critical, local environmental issues.

Students are nominated by SFS faculty based on their demonstrated sophistication in research design, field work, reporting and their contribution to the center’s research plan. The SFS award also recognizes the students’ leadership exhibited while working with teams of students and faculty researchers in the field.

“I am extremely honored and excited to receive this prestigious award from SFS,” said Emmons. Experiences like this have shaped her desire to continue to be involved in research. She hopes to enter the biomedical field following graduation.

At Holy Cross, Emmons conducts research in the biology department, where she also serves as a teaching assistant, and is involved in liturgical ministry, the Magis program for church leadership, and Student Programs for Urban Development. She is also active in Relay for Life and Alternate College Theatre.

Related Information

| More
Tags
Categories
Biology, Biology news, News

Comments are closed.

06/22/16 Alumnus Bill Simmons Gives ‘Today’ Show a Sneak Peek into his New HBO Talk Show
06/22/16 Photo Gallery: Alums Return Home to the Hill for 2016 Reunion
06/17/16 Alumnus Awarded for Work in Boosting Diversity at MassMutual
06/17/16 Holy Cross Graduate Drafted to the Boston Red Sox For the Second Year in a Row
See All
See All
Featured Videos

See video
Video: Spring Blooms on Holy Cross Campus

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Class of 2016 Shares What’s Next

Watch Video >
See video
‘Major in Anything…Succeed in Business’

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Obama Advisor Broderick Johnson ’78 Speaks on ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ Other White House Initiatives

Watch Video >
See video
Crusaders Win Patriot League Championship

Watch Video >
See video
Men’s Basketball Knocks Off Bucknell In Double Overtime Thriller

Watch Video >
See video
New Webcams Provide Live Video Stream of Campus, Contemplative Center

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery: Contemplative Center Architectural Concepts Come to Fruition

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Winter on the Hill Is All About Making Memories

Watch Video >
See video
Video, Photo Gallery: Holy Cross Wishes You a Merry and Peaceful Christmas

Watch Video >
More What’s Happening on Campus

08/25/2016

Acclaimed Artist Patrick Dougherty to Create Two Installations in Worcester County

See More >
09/13/2016

Artist Talk: Patrick Dougherty, ATB Fall 2016 Artist-in-Residence

See More >
More Holy Cross in the News

06/22/16

Alumnus Bill Simmons Gives ‘Today’ Show a Sneak Peek into his New HBO Talk Show

NBC’s “Today” show

  In a recent interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Bill Simmons ’92 revealed that his new talk show, “Any Given Wednesday,” will touch on pop culture, tech,...

06/17/16

Alumnus Awarded for Work in Boosting Diversity at MassMutual

The Bay State Banner

Dominic Blue ’98 recently received the Founders’ Award, an award given by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The award, which commemorates...

06/17/16

Holy Cross Graduate Drafted to the Boston Red Sox For the Second Year in a Row

MLB.com, ESPN, CBS Boston, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Telegram & Gazette

Dominic Lovullo, a history and political science major who graduated from Holy Cross this past May, was selected to play with the Boston Red Sox. Media outlets including...