The Breakthrough Institute has announced that Ruth DeFries is the 2014 Paradigm Award Winner. The Paradigm Award is bestowed annually to individuals whose work has made major contributions to realizing a future where all the world’s inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous lives on an ecologically vibrant planet. The Breakthrough Institute also cited Ruth DeFries’ influential works about “planetary opportunities,” and her recent book,The Big Ratchet: How Humans Thrive in Face of Natural Disasters. You can read more HERE.
Ruth DeFries published a book in September – The Big Ratchet.
Ruth DeFries published a book in September – The Big Ratchet. The book charts the story of how technologies and innovations have combined to feed more people than ever before in the history of humanity. Please follow this LINK for the book website
E3B and DeFries Lab Postdoc Pinki Mondal has just published a paper with Ruth DeFries
E3B and DeFries Lab Postdoc Pinki Mondal has just published a paper with Ruth DeFries, recent E3B/DeFries Lab Ph.D. alum Meha Jain, DeFries lab alum Gillian Galford, Andrew Robertson of IRI, Earth Institute, and Chris Small of LDEO. Winter crop sensitivity to inter-annual climate variability in central India. Pinki Mondal, Meha Jain, Andrew W. Robertson, Gillian L. Galford, Christopher Small & Ruth S. DeFries. Climatic Change. Volume 126 , Issue 1, pages 61-76. Link, HERE
Ruth DeFries has been selected as one of the “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014”
Ruth DeFries has been selected as one of the “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” based on the number of highly cited papers she has contributed during the period 2001 to 2012 and citations to them as per ISI Thomson Reuters. For more information, please follow this LINK
DeFries Lab has just had a project funded through the Google Earth Engines Research Award Program
The DeFries Lab has just had a project funded through the Google Earth Engines Research Award Program on “The Sensitivity of Agricultural Output to Climate Variability Across Smallholder Farms in South Asia” (investigators and collaborators include DeFries Lab alumGillian Galford (Univ. of Vermont), Post-doc Pinki Mondal, recent Ph.D. Graduate Meha Jain and Ruth DeFries.
Megan Cattau has just been awarded an Exploration Fund grant
Megan Cattau, DeFries Lab member and E3B Ph.D. student, has just been awarded (March 20th, 2014) an Exploration Fund grant for her project “Feedbacks between fire and land cover: Changing disturbance dynamics in the peat swamp landscape.” The Explorers Club grants are highly competitive and only a small percentage of the proposals are funded. Congratulations!
Matthew Fagan, Ph.D., DeFries Lab and E3B Ph.D. program alum, has defended his dissertation (Jan. 27, 2014), and will begin his NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship shortly. Beginning April 2014, Matt will be based at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Congratulations, Matt!
Miriam Marlier, Ph.D., DeFries Lab and E3B Ph.D. program alum, has successfully defended her dissertation (December 2013), and will be continuing her work with the DeFries’ Lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Congratulations Miriam!
The Times of India has coverage of a three-day symposium
The Times of India has coverage (02/20/2014) of a three-day symposium that was held on the Kanha-Pench Landscape at Mocha, in the Mandla district in Madhya Pradesh, India. The meeting “…was aimed to foster communication, identify research gaps and priorities, and develop a shared vision for science-based conservation in the landscape in central India which is of national and global importance for a substantial proportion of the tiger population along with other endangered species.” The symposium was organized by a team that includes E3B’s own Chair, Ruth DeFries, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Pinki Mondal, and Ph.D. student Meghna Agarwala. Please see link HERE.
Ruth DeFries, delivered the keynote address at an international workshop
Ruth DeFries, delivered the keynote address at an international workshop on ‘Land use optimisation for coordinating regional development with the conservation of endangered species’ in Puducherry, India (Dec. 16th). The amount of land under protection has increased steadily since the 1980s. “The main focus now is to ensure that the areas that come under protection are effectively managed, so that the protection itself is successful.” Please CLICK HERE to see coverage in The Hindu