Rutgers Pinelands Field Station Provides Unique Ecosystem for Student Research

Ph.D. students from Rutgers University-Camden and Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) in New Brunswick perform a range of scientific experiments to study the unique ecosystems of the Pine Barrens at the Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station. SEBS Ecology and Evolution doctoral students Joni Baumgarten and Natalie Howe discuss how their research on lichens and switchgrass, respectively, is enhanced through access to the field station.

Video: Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station Student Research

LA Internship Provides Opportunity to Restore Historic Maplewood Park

A team of Rutgers students installing new plants at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. Photo: Courtesy of Maplewood Matters

A team of Rutgers students installing new plants at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. Photo: Courtesy of Maplewood Matters

Maplewood’s Memorial Park, designed by Olmsted Brothers firm, was in need of sprucing up. The town’s garden club created an internship where SEBS Landscape Architecture students could assist in its restoration. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Rutgers SEBS First Year Student Induction Ceremony 2014 Video

Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) held its second annual induction ceremony for incoming freshmen and transfer students for the 2014-2015 academic year on Labor Day, Sept. 1, at the Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass Campus. This new annual tradition welcomes SEBS students with a ceremony that introduces them to the rich history and traditions of the school as well as the many resources and activities available to them throughout the school year. Watch as faculty and students share their thoughts on the event and view the photo gallery for the event.

Video: Rutgers SEBS First Year Student Induction Ceremony 2014

Alumni Story: Mark Robson, Making Rutgers His Home

Editor’s Note: In celebration of the 150th anniversary of our designation as the land grant institution in New Jersey, alumni are invited to tell their own Rutgers “story.” Mark Gregory Robson holds four Rutgers degrees – a B.S. (1977) in Agricultural Science from Cook College, a master’s (1979) and Ph.D. (1988) in Plant Science from the Graduate School-New Brunswick, and an M.P.H. (1995) in Environmental and Occupational Health from the School of Public Health. Here is his story, in his own words.

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Mark visits with farmers in rural Vietnam to discuss rice production and pesticide exposure.

I like to joke that my mother dropped me off in 1973, and I am still waiting for her to come back. Actually, it was my Aunt Leah and Uncle Frank who dropped me off, and I am still here – 42 years, four degrees, three jobs, and one wife later.

My first exposure to Rutgers came as a kid at home on the farm. Robson’s Farm was a typical small family farm with 35 dairy cows, 3,000 laying hens and about 140 acres of vegetables and field crops. Our county agents were regular visitors to our farm. My brother, sister, and I all became members of the Meadow Clippers 4-H Dairy Club. Through 4-H, I started going to functions on the Cook Campus, State 4-H camp and other parts of Rutgers. All of this exposed me to the Rutgers College of Agriculture and Environmental Science (CAES).

I applied to Rutgers in 1972 and came as a freshman in 1973 at the newly formed Cook College. I ended up living on campus in Helyar House, due to the influence of my neighbors, the Hlubiks. All six Hlubik brothers went to Rutgers, and all were part of the Cooperative Living Group, Helyar House or its predecessors: Patrick, Michael, Gerard, Raymond, Joseph, and William. Joe was my classmate, Joe went to Michigan for his Ph.D. and then went to Penn State as a faculty member. Later Joe became a Catholic priest and is now the pastor of St. Andrew’s parish near my home. Bill, the youngest brother, is the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Middlesex County Agriculture and Resource Management Agent. [Read more...]

SEBS Second Annual Induction Ceremony Welcomes Class of 2018

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) held its second annual induction ceremony for incoming freshmen and transfer students for the 2014-2015 academic year on Labor Day, Sept. 1, at the Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass Campus. This new annual tradition welcomes SEBS students with a ceremony that introduces them to the rich history and traditions of the school as well as the many resources and activities available to them throughout the school year. Speakers included student representatives from clubs and the SEBS Governing Council, as well as members of the faculty and administration of the school. See below for snapshots of the event, and watch here for video highlights.

2014 SEBS New Student Induction

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New students were greeted at the registration table where they received a SEBS T-shirt, a name tag and an acorn from the oak trees on Red Oak Lane. Upon graduation, students will be given an oak sapling. Photo: Matt Rainey