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DCISE Annual Report 2016-2017

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DCISE Annual Report 2016-2017 EXTRAMURAL/INTRAMURAL FUNDING POCANTICO RIVER WATERSHED HABITAT ASSESSMENT Funding Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Investigators: E. Melanie DuPuis, Michael Rubbo Synopsis: Pace will undertake a habitat assessment study of the Pocantico River Watershed, using trained undergraduate and graduate students to collect data. Pace's Westchester and White Plains campuses are in the watershed, and Pace students and faculty have studied the watershed for decades, providing most of the scientific research on the watershed to date. Yet, this small tributary is under-studied and in need of scientific research that will assist local communities in future watershed planning activities. Future planning could benefit significantly from greater background knowledge of the watershed environment, including habitat, water quality, hydrology, and wildlife corridors and aquatic connectivity. ADVANCES IN BIOLOGICAL INFORMATICS (ABI) INNOVATION: WALLACE Funding Source: National Science Foundation Investigators: Robert Anderson (Principal Investigator), Cory Merow (Co- Principal Investigator), Matthew Aiello-Lammens (Co-Principal Investigator) Synopsis: This project will greatly expand the software Wallace for studying species distributions. These tools should lead to better estimates of species ranges, which are important to interests as diverse as conservation biology, the study of invasive species and diseases passed to humans from insects and wildlife. The project will train graduate and undergraduate students from Pace University. 13 MS in Environmental Science student Michael Tierney '18 assists a DEC-funded project to enhance connectivity of amphibian habitats.

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