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Freya Rowland recognized for excellence in graduate studies

May 20, 2016

Freya Rowland

Freya Rowland is the winner of this year’s Ethel Sue Lumb Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies.

The award, which includes a $2000 cash prize, is given by the Division of Biological Sciences to a graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional promise in research and scholarly activities. Rowland was recognized for her doctoral research in aquatic ecology.

Rowland is interested in pond food webs, pond-breeding amphibians, and the transfer of nutrients from ponds to the terrestrial environment. She uses a combination of field studies, mesocosm experiments, and statistical modeling approaches to tease apart the complexities of pond food webs and ecosystem function. She is particularly interested in how changing leaf litter inputs to pond communities alters the reliance of pond food webs on “green” (algal) and “brown” (bacterial and fungal) energy. Her finding that canopy cover influences tadpole growth and development mainly by acting as a source of nutrients for the pond was published in the March 2016 issue of the Canadian Journal of Zoology. Her findings also have been published in Oikos, and she has written two articles on statistics for Stormwater Journal.

Rowland carries out her research in the Semlitsch lab and is advised by Assistant Professor Ricardo Holdo. She is the recipient of two research grants from the Chicago Herpetological Society and one research grant the Herpetologists League.

The Ethel Sue Lumb Award was established in 2001 for the purpose of providing fellowships for graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences.

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Related research strengths:
Ecology, Quantitative & Computational Biology
Related categories:
Awards, Graduate Studies