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ENSP Fall 2015 application dates for current students announced

For currently enrolled students at SSU, Fall '15, applications are being accepted from October 1 - October 30, 2015. Applications are only accepted during one or two application months each year so if you are interested, we encourage you to apply. Applications outside of the stated application months will not be accepted. Please note that even undeclared students must apply to the Department.

Applying to ENSP Major or Minor

Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award


Wacker Award Winner

The Department of Environmental Studies and Planning is pleased to announce the 2014-15 recipient of the Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award is Heather Wacker. Heather's research focuses on helping to determine what habitat characteristics best predict tick abundance and disease prevalence.  Her research is to assess the prevalence of ticks and relate them to population sizes of local wildlife populations.  She hypothesizes that this data will be relevant in determining tick abundance as she believes that the higher the biodiversity of an area, the lower the tick count will be.  She predicts that biodiversity as well as predator prey interactions will play a role in the abundance of ticks.  She is particularly interested in mountain lion abundance and their occurrences and how they might influence the abundance of reservoir hosts for the pathogens causing Lyme disease.  She is curious if mammalian community composition at wildlife camera stations correlate with tick abundance and prevalence of pathogens causing tick borne illness.