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Ned Fetcher CV


Curriculum Vitae

Ned Fetcher
Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability
(570) 408-4802 (office)
Wilkes University (570)-586-1104 (home)
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Education
B.A. Harvard College Major - German 1967
M.A. University of Wyoming Major - Botany 1973
Ph.D. Colorado State University Major - Range Science 1977

Positions Held and Research Experience
September 2006 – present. Project Coordinator. Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability, Wilkes University

August 2005 – present. Adjunct Professor. Dept. of Biology, University of Scranton

January 2004 – August 2005. Lecturer. Dept. of Biology, University of Scranton

February 2001 – July 2002. Research Scientist. Center for Public Initiatives, University of Scranton

June 2001 – June 2006. Adjunct Professor. Center for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico

October 1996 – May 1997. Special Projects Coordinator. Center for Public Initiatives, University of Scranton

September 1996 – December 2003. Adjunct Professor. Dept. of Biology, University of Scranton

July 1996 – July 1999. Professor. Dept. of Biology, University of Puerto Rico

July 1989 - July 1996. Associate Professor. Dept. of Biology, University of Puerto Rico

December 1991 - August 1992. Bullard Fellow. Harvard Forest, Harvard University

August 1985 - July 1989. Assistant Professor. Dept. of Biology, University of Puerto Rico

March 1981 - July 1985. Research Associate and Scientist. Dept. of Botany, Duke University

August 1983 and August 1982. Expedition Leader. School for Field Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts

September 1978 - June 1981. Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dept. of Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

June 1977 - August 1978. Post-doctoral Fellowship. San Diego State University.

Oct 1967 – December 1969. Peace Corps/ Nepal. Agricultural Extension Agent.

Certifications
Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America. February, 2007.

Languages
Spanish, French, German, Nepalese

Teaching Experience
Conservation biology
General biology, 1st and 2nd Semesters
General biology for non-majors
General ecology
Plant population biology
Plant physiology
Plant physiological ecology
Statistics and data analysis for biologists
Topics in Modern Biology
Tropical forestry
Field course in tundra plant ecology
Field course in tropical ecology.
Graduate seminar in mathematics of populations
Participated in OTS Course 87-3, Fundamentals of Tropical Biology.


Professional Society Membership
Association for Tropical Biology
American Society of Naturalists
American Society of Plant Physiologists
British Ecological Society
Ecological Society of America

Awards and Grants
1976 Boettcher Fellowship. Colorado State University

1981-1985 "Physiological Ecology of Tree Seedlings of Tropical Rain Forest." $150,000. National Science Foundation. Co-investigator with Dr. Boyd Strain, Duke University.

1985 "Workshop on Plant Population Biology and Physiological Ecology in Mesoamerican Forests." $20,000. NSF. Co-investigator with Dr. Donald Stone, Duke University.

1987-1991 “Photoinhibition in Tropical Trees." $164,472. US Dept. of Agriculture Competitive Grants Program. Principal Investigator

1989-1995 “Long-term Ecological Research in Luquillo Experimental Forest." $2,700,000. NSF. Co-investigator with 21 others.

1989-1993 "Controls on Primary Productivity along a Complex Environmental Gradient in a Tropical Rainforest." $750,000. NSF Minority Research Center of Excellence Program. Co-investigator with 8 others.

1989-1992 "Program Improvement in Tropical Biology." $280,000. NSF. Principal Investigator.

1991-1992 Bullard Fellowship. Harvard University.

1991- 1994 "Primary Productivity and Remote Sensing of Tropical Vegetation." $161,720. NASA. Principal Investigator.

1993-1998 "Physiology, demography, and gene flow of Prestoea montana along an elevational gradient in the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico." NSF Minority Research Center of Excellence Program. Co-investigator with Alberto Sabat.

1994-2000 "Development of a Center for Tropical Atmospheric Sciences in Puerto Rico." $3,361,308 (Total Budget of Project) NASA EPSCoR. Component: "Modeling Light Penetration in Tropical Forest Canopies"

1994-1999 "Land Management in the Tropics and its Effects on Global Environment" $3,800,000 (Total Budget of Project) NASA Institutional Awards for Minority Universities. Component: "Physiological Characteristics of Plants that Colonize Abandoned Fields in the Tropics".

1994-2000 "Long Term Ecological Research in Luquillo Experimental Forest II." $4,080,000 (Total Budget of Project) NSF Long-Term Ecological Projects. (Co-PI)

1996 University of Puerto Rico EPSCoR Productivity Award $5,000.

1999-2000 “Rapid Response to Natural Disturbance: Development of an Empirically-Based, Spatially-Explicit Model of the Effects of Hurricanes on Tropical Forests” $32,000. NSF Small Grants for Exploratory Research. (Co-PI).

2000-2003 “Models As Tools For Synthesis Of The Effects Of Hurricanes On Temperate and Tropical Forests” $300,000. NSF Cross-Site Award. (Co-PI).

2001-2002 “A Network Design to Monitor Water Quality in the Non-Tidal Chesapeake Bay Watershed” Chesapeake Bay Program-EPA $445,000.

BOOK REVIEW

Fetcher, N. 1988. Tropical forests revisited. Ecology 69:2036.

Professional Activities
Co-organizer. Workshop on plant population biology and physiological ecology in Mesoamerican forests. San Jose, Costa Rica. March 4-9, 1985.

Campus Representative from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, to Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 1986-1991.

Co-organizer. ESA Symposium: Integrating photosynthetic data for ecological uses. IV International Congress of Ecology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. August 14, 1986.

Representative from University of Puerto Rico to Organization for Tropical Studies. 1987-1996. Member. OTS International Networking Planning Committee

Participant. Review of Forest Service Program in the Caribbean Basin. San Juan, PR. December 7-9, 1988.

Participant. International Tundra Experiment Workshop. Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI. December 2-5, 1990.

Member, NSF Ecology Review Panel, 1997

Theses Supervised
García Montiel, Diana. 1991. The effect of human activity on the structure and composition of a tropical forest in Puerto Rico. M. S. Thesis. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Calderón, Francisco. 1992. Dependency on V-A mycorrhizae and response to phosphorus fertilization for some colonizing tree species from Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. M. S. Thesis. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Galarza, Mayra. 1992. Seasonal and daily patterns of xylem pressure potential and leaf conductance for different species in the Guanica dry forest, Puerto Rico. M. S. Thesis. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Gonzalez, Grizelle 1996. Earthworm abundance and distribution pattern in two plant communities within a subtropical wet forest of Puerto Rico. M. S. Thesis. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Cordero Solórzano , Roberto A. 1997. Morphology and ecophysiology of plants on an elfin cloud forest in Puerto Rico. Ph. D. Dissertation. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Fernández del Viso Gámez, Denny S. 1997. Contrasting light environments and response flexibility of trees in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico.

Quinones Orfila, Vanessa. 1997. Estimates of leaf area index from physical parameters and remote sensing over the Luquillo Experimental Forest. M. S. Thesis. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Montaña, Adisel. 1998. Physiological ecology of species of secondary forest in Puerto Rico. M. S. Thesis. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Wen, Shiyun. 2003. Physiological Flexibility Of Tropical Tree Species: Ontogenetic Regulation. Ph. D. Dissertation. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Invited Seminars and Lectures
Fetcher, N., and R. Chazdon. 1983. Physical environment: Light regime. Symposium on Physiological Ecology of Plants of the Wet Tropics. Oaxtepec, Mexico. June 29 - July 2, 1983.

Fetcher, N., S. F. Oberbauer, B. R. Strain, and G. Rojas. 1985. Effects of light regime on photosynthesis and growth in seedlings of tropical trees. Workshop on Plant Population Biology and Physiological Ecology in Mesoamerican Forests. San Jose, Costa Rica. March 4-9, 1985.
Fetcher, N. 1985. Growth and photosynthesis in seedlings of tropical trees. University College of Cayey, Cayey, Puerto Rico.

Fetcher, N. 1988. Leaf carbon budgets for tree seedlings in lowland tropical forest. Institute of Tropical Forestry, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

Fetcher, N. 1988. Controls over Primary Productivity along an Elevational Gradient in Luquillo Experimental Forest. 6th Ecological Symposium. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.

Fetcher, N. 1990. Tree regeneration following disturbance in tropical rain forests. Interamerican University, San German, PR.

Fetcher, N. 1991. Physiological Ecology and Tropical Forestry. Primer Congreso Venezolano de Ecología. Caracas, Venezuela. Resumenes. P. 1.

This talk was also given at Boston University in 1992.

Fetcher, N. 1992. Physiological ecology of seedlings of tropical trees in differing light regimes. Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

Fetcher, N. 1995. Carbon gain in seedlings of tropical trees. Dept. of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.

This talk was also given at Binghamton University in 1996.

Fetcher, N. 1997. Carbon gain in the understory of tropical rain forests. Pymatuning Biological Station of the University of Pittsburgh.

Fetcher, N. 2001. Seedling Carbon Gain and Shade Tolerance in Tropical and Temperate Forests. University of Wyoming.

Fetcher, N. 2003. Carbon gain in tree seedlings of temperate and tropical forests. Sydney Ecophysiology Group. Sydney, Australia.


Presentations at Professional Meetings
Fetcher, N. 1975. Patterns of leaf resistance to lodgepole pine transpiration in Wyoming. AIBS. Abstract: Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 56(2):52.

Fetcher, N., and M. J. Trlica. 1976. The use of relative growth rate in models of primary productivity. Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management. p. 6l.

Fetcher, N., and G. R. Shaver. 1978. Demography of Eriophorum vaginatum tillers. AIBS. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 59(2):88.

Fetcher, N. 1981. Life histories of plant parts. AIBS. Abstract: Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 62(2):148.
Fetcher, N., B. R. Strain, and S. Oberbauer. 1982. Effects of canopy disturbance on seedlings of tropical rain forest trees. AIBS. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 63(2):151.

Oberbauer, S. F., N. Fetcher, and B. R. Strain. 1983. Effects of light regime on leaf morphology of early and late successional tropical trees. AIBS. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 64(2):58.

Fetcher, N., S. F. Oberbauer, and B. R. Strain. 1984. Vegetation and microclimate in lowland tropical forest. AIBS. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 65(2):254.

Fetcher, N., B. R. Strain, and S. F. Oberbauer. 1985. Photosynthetic acclimation to light environments in seedlings of tropical forest trees. AIBS. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 66(2):172.

Fetcher, N. 1986. Environmental sensitivity of ecotypes of Eriophorum vaginatum in northern Alaska. American Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA.

Fetcher, N. 1986. Integrating photosynthetic data as a measure of acclimation to light availability. Abstract. Page 146 in Program of the IV International Congress of Ecology, August 10- 16, 1986, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Fetcher, N., S. F. Oberbauer, and B. R. Strain. 1988. Growth of seedlings of tropical trees in response to light gradients. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 69(2, Supp.):132.

Fetcher, N., D. Fernández , and R. Cherry. 1989. Effects of high irradiance on quantum yield of photosynthesis in tropical tree seedlings. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 70(2, Supp.):110-111.

Fetcher, N. and D. Fernández. 1989. Photoinhibition in seedlings of tropical trees. Second Puerto Rico EPSCoR Annual Conference. San Juan, PR.

Fetcher, N., J. Lodge, L. Walker, B. Haines, R. Roecker, and W. Lawrence. 1990. Regeneration on landslides: Plant responses to mineral nutrients and solar radiation at the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 71(2, Supp.):152-153.

Fetcher, N., J. Lodge, L. Walker, B. Haines, R. Roecker, W. Lawrence, R. Cordero, and D. Fernández. 1990. Regeneration on landslides: Plant responses to altered mineral nutrients and solar radiation in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. LTER All-Scientists Conference, Estes Park, CO. The above work was also presented at the Third Puerto Rico EPSCoR Annual Conference. Mayaguez, PR.

Castro, Y., D. Fernández , and N. Fetcher. 1991. Chronic photoinhibition in attached leaves of tropical trees. Abstract. Plant Physiology. 96(Supp.):116.

Fernández, D. and N. Fetcher. 1991. Chlorophyll fluorescence and quantum yield in seedlings and saplings of tropical forest. Primer Congreso Venezolano de Ecología. Resumenes. P. 13.

Adorno, C., R. Cordero, and N. Fetcher. 1993. Effects on productivity of climate variation and genome in tropical forest plants. Annual Meeting of Association of Tropical Biology, San Juan, PR

Castro, Y., N. Fetcher, V. Quinones, C. Adorno, and J. Parrotta. 1993. Seasonal trends in leaf area index of mangrove forest, dry forest and fuelwood plantations in Puerto Rico. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Cordero, R. A., J. Voltzow, and N. Fetcher. 1993. Effect of wind on allometry of Clibadium erosum (Compositae) in a Puerto Rican cloud forest. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Fernández , D., Y. Castro, and N. Fetcher. 1993. Photoinhibition in leaves of tropical tree species. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Fernández , D., R. Cordero, and N. Fetcher. 1993. Do low rainfall periods affect tree physiology in a wet forest? Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Fetcher, N., R. Cordero, J. Lodge, and B. Haines. 1993. Forest regeneration in landslides: Plant responses to altered soil nutrients and solar radiation. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Fetcher, N. 1993. Light regime and daily carbon gain of seedlings in lowland tropical forest. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Quiñones-Orfila, V., and N. Fetcher. 1993. Changes in leaf area index (LAI) in the Luquillo Experimental forest as affected by litter removal, fertilization, and Hurricane Hugo. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Voltzow, J., N. Fetcher, and J. D. Ackerman. 1993. Influence of hurricane damage on survivorship of trees in a Puerto Rican rain forest. Annual Meeting of ATB, San Juan, PR.

Cordero, R. A., J. Voltzow, and N. Fetcher. 1994. Effect of wind on some allometric relationships of two plant species of an elfin subtropical forest. Plant Biomechanics. Colloque interdisciplinaire du Comite National de la Recherche Scientifique. Montpellier, France.

De Castro, F., D. S. Fernandez, and N. Fetcher. 1995.Characterization of the light regime in Luquillo Experimental Forest: Modeling light environment. Tropical Atmospheric Science Center 1st Mini-Gordon Conference. Ponce, PR.

Fetcher, N. 1995. Light regime and daily carbon gain of seedlings in lowland tropical forest. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 76(2):79.

De Castro Ochoa, F. and N. Fetcher. 1995 Modelo de intercepcion de radiacion en el dosel de la selva. III Latin American Congress of Ecology. Merida, Venezuela

De Castro, F. and N. Fetcher. 1996. Three dimensional model of the interception of light by a canopy. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 77(3,Part2):106.

Fernandez, D. S., and N. Fetcher. 1996. Photosynthetic acclimation in tropical trees: effects of the light x nitrogen interaction in shade-tolerant species. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 77(3,Part2):139.

Fetcher, N., R. Cordero, and J. Voltzow. 1996. Ecotypic differentiation and plant growth in the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 77(3,Part2):140.

Sabat, A. M., and N. Fetcher. 1996. The effect of hurricane disturbance on the demography of a tropical montane palm. Abstract. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 77(3,Part2):386.

Zheng, Z., and N Fetcher. 1997. Leaf carbon budgets for shrubs of tropical rain forest. Abstract. Supplement to Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 78(4):211.

Galarza, M., and N. Fetcher. 1998. Seasonal and daily patterns of xylem pressure potential and leaf conductance for different species in the Guanica Dry Forest, Puerto Rico. 83rd Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD

Gleeson, G., N. Fetcher, and J. Zimmerman. 1999. Failure of a forest pioneer in a Puerto Rican pasture.XVI International Botanical Congress, St. Louis, MO.

Fetcher, N., S. Wen, A. Montaña and F. de Castro. 1999. Photosynthetic response of hybrid mahogany under contrasting light regimes. XVI International Botanical Congress, St. Louis, MO.

Fetcher, N., M. Caucci, and D. Townsend. 2000. Carbon gain in seedlings and sprouts of northern hardwood forest after deer removal. 85th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT. Abstracts:97.

Fetcher, N. 2001. Estimating solar radiation in Puerto Rico using geographic information systems. 2nd Workshop on Caribbean Climate Change. San Juan, PR. February 12-13, 2001.

Fetcher, N. , W. H. McDowell, S. D. Preston , and M. J. Langland 2001. Design of monitoring programs: A case study from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 86th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI. Abstracts:278.

Lapps, K., and N. Fetcher. 2003. Photosynthetic dynamics of red oak and witch hazel. Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the American Society of Plant Biology, Lewisburg, PA.

Fetcher, N. and J. W. Corona. 2004. Carbon gain in seedlings of eastern deciduous forest. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biology, Orlando, FL.

Fetcher, N., T. Iacovoni, and J. Corona 2005. Carbon gain in the understory of eastern deciduous forest. . 90th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Quebec. Abstracts. p. 190.

 Fetcher, N.,  and T. Iacovoni.  2008. Carbon gain in the understory of eastern deciduous forest.  . ESA  Middle Atlantic Chapter 2008 Conference. 19 April 2008. Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Wen, S., and N. Fetcher. 2008. Ontogenetic differences in leaf physiology in tropical tree species: Comparison between seedlings and adult trees. 93th Annual Meeting of  Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee. WI.

Fetcher, N. 2010 Scaling of greenhouse gas emissions with institution size for colleges and universities in the United States. 95th Annual Meeting of  Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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