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William J. Landesman

Assistant Professor of Biology

Email Address: landesmanb@greenmtn.edu
Phone: 802-287-8323

CURRENT POSITION
2011 – present Assistant Professor, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

EDUCATION & TRAINING
2009 – 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD.

2002 - 2009 Rutgers University Graduate program in Ecology and Evolution,Brunswick, NJ. Advisor: John Dighton; PhD.

1995 Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; B.S.: Biology, Minor: Philosophy.

1994 School for Field Studies, Center for Rainforest Studies, Far North Queensland, Australia.

TEACHING

2013 - 2014 Microbiology with Laboratory (BIO 4008)
Becoming a professional in Biology (BIO 3005)
First Year Reading Seminar (BIO 1000)
Biological Systems (spring 2014)
Origins of Life (spring 2014)
Conservation Genetics (spring 2014)

2012 - 2013 Soil Ecology (BIO 4005)
Ecology with Laboratory (BIO 2025)
Conservation Genetics (BIO 6050)
Independent study in Mycology (BIO 4000)
Environmental Science (ELA 1013)

2011 - 2012 Ecology with Laboratory (BIO 2025)
Environmental Science (ELA 1013)
Microbiology with Laboratory (BIO 4008)

2007 – 2009 NSF GK12 Fellow, Rutgers University. Teaching collaboration with 6th and 8th grade physical science and math teachers.

2002 – 2007 Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University, Department of Life Sciences.
Genetics Laboratory (2006 - 2007)
Genetic Analysis I & II recitation (Genetics majors, 2004 - 2006)
Genetics recitation (2003 - 2004)
General Biology Laboratory (2002 - 2003)

THESIS MENTORING

2012 - present Heidi Hubbell, Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College: “Survey of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation along the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, Virginia.”

Evan Burks, Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College: “Use of ectomycorrhizal fungi to support restoration of red spruce (Picea rubens sarg.) on high surface mines in Central Appalachia, USA.”

2011 - present Scott Keister, Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College: “The Restoration Index: A Proposed Method for Prioritizing Ecosystem Restorations.”

Stefanie Hendrick, Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College: "How efficient is stream restoration at processing pollutants?"

2010 Betsy Evans, Master of Chemical and Life Sciences Program, University of Maryland.

PUBLICATIONS

Landesman, W.J., D. Nelson and M. Fitzpatrick. Influence of soil properties, tree species and geographic distance on ß-diversity of soil bacterial communities. In press at Soil Biology and Biochemistry.

Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. 2011. Shifts in microbial biomass and the bacteria:fungi ratio occur under field conditions within three hours after rainfall. Microbial ecology 62(1): 228-236.

Landesman, W.J., Amy M. Treonis, and John Dighton. 2011. Effects of a one-year rainfall manipulation on soil nematode abundances and community composition. Pedobiologia 54(2): 87-91.

Landesman, W. J. and J. Dighton. 2010. Response of soil microbial communities and the production of plant-available nitrogen to a two-year rainfall manipulation in the New Jersey Pinelands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42: 1751-1758.

Allan, B.F., R.B. Langerhans, W.A. Ryberg, W.J. Landesman, N.W. Griffin, R.S. Katz, B.J. Oberle, M.R. Schutzenhofer, K.N. Smyth, A. de St. Maurice, L. Clark, K.R. Crooks, D.E. Hernandez, R.G. McLean, R.S. Ostfeld and J.M. Chase. 2009. Ecological correlates of risk and incidence of West Nile virus in the United States. Oecologia 158: 699–708.

Landesman, W.J., B.F. Allan, R.B. Langerhans, T.M. Knight and J.M. Chase. 2007. Inter-annual associations between precipitation and human incidence of West Nile Virus in the United States. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 7(3): 337-343.

PUBLICATIONS IN PREPARATION
Landesman, W.J. and D. Nelson. Bacterial community composition is stable across hourly, daily, seasonal and inter-annual temporal scales. In prep. for Soil Biology and Biochemistry.

Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. Effects of elevated winter precipitation on soil microbial communities and nitrogen cycling in the New Jersey Pinelands. In prep. for Plant and Soil.

AWARDS

2014 Pilot Grant, Vermont Genetics Network. “Linking Borrelia burgdorferi loads with Lyme disease risk in Rutland County, VT.” ($24,991)

2010 Travel award for the 2nd Annual Argonne Soils Workshop in Argonne, IL

2007 Selected to AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Rutgers University Ralph Goode Award Rutgers Ecology and Evolution Academic Excellence Fund Award Travel Grant, Rutgers University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2006 Summer Research Grant, Hutcheson Memorial Forest, Rutgers University

2005 Travel Grant, Rutgers University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

ORAL PRESENTATIONS
2013 Landesman, W.J., D. Nelson and M. Fitzpatrick. Metagenomic study of soil microbial community composition in relation to tree species, soil properties and geographic distance. Soil Ecology Society, Camden, NJ.

2012 Landesman, W.J., D. Nelson and M. Fitzpatrick. Metagenomic study of soil microbial community composition in relation to tree species, soil properties and geographic distance. 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

2010 Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. Effect of changing precipitation patterns on the soil nitrogen cycle in the New Jersey Pinelands. 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA.

2009 Co-Organizer and Moderator, Ecological Society of America 2009 Symposium “How can soil microbial ecology contribute to the sustainability of agricultural systems?”

2008 Landesman, W.J. The effect of climate change and precipitation on soil microbial community structure, nitrogen mineralization, and amino acid production in the New Jersey Pinelands. The Ecological Society of America 93rd Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.

2008 Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. Response of soil microbial communities to manipulations of soil moisture and dry-wet cycles in two New Jersey forests. Rutgers-Princeton-University of Pennsylvania Graduate Research symposium. Princeton, NJ.

2007 Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. Response of soil microbial communities to manipulations of soil moisture and dry-wet cycles in two New Jersey forests. 11th Biennial Soil Ecology Society Meeting, Moab, Utah.

2007 Allan, B.F., W.J. Landesman, R.B. Langerhans, W.A. Ryberg, R.S.Ostfeld and J.M. Chase. A protective role for avian diversity in the United States West Nile Virus outbreak? Integrating Environment and Human Health: The 7th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment. Washington D.C. (Invited Symposium Presentation)

2005 Landesman, W.J., B.F. Allan, R.B. Langerhans, T.M. Knight and J.M. Chase. Inter-annual associations between precipitation and human incidence of West Nile Virus in the United States. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Montreal, QC.

2005 Landesman, W.J., B.F. Allan, R.B. Langerhans, T.M. Knight and J.M. Chase. Inter-annual associations between precipitation and human incidence of West Nile Virus in the United States. Disease Ecology Symposium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

2010 Landesman, W.J. and D. Nelson. Metagenomic study of soil microbial communities at multiple spatial scales in the northeastern and mid-western United States: Project design and preliminary results. 2nd Soils Workshop, Argonne, IL. October 6-8, 2010.

2010 Landesman, W.J. and D. Nelson. Forensic Analysis of Soil MicrobialCommunities. Tenth Annual IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Colloquium. April 26-29, 2010.

2008 Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. The influence of climate change and precipitation on soil microbial community structure and nitrogen cycling in the New Jersey Pinelands: Project overview and preliminary results. Second Annual Mini-Symposium on Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. February 7-8, 2008.

SERVICE

2013 - 2014 Curriculum Committee, Religious Life Committee, Campus Sustainability Council; Green Mountain College

2012 - 2013 Curriculum Committee, Religious Life Committee; Green Mountain College

MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER

European Journal of Forest Research, Plant and Soil, Ecosphere, European Journal of Soil Biology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Public Health Reports, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Ecological Society of America, Soil Ecology Society

 

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