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William Landesman

Assistant Professor of Biology

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

CURRENT POSITION
2009 – present Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD.

EDUCATION
PhD., Rutgers University Graduate program in Ecology and Evolution, New Brunswick, NJ. Advisor: John Dighton
Relevant coursework: Community Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Tropical Agriculture, Fungi in Ecosystem Processes, Landscape Ecology, Concepts in Evolution

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

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2007 – 2009 NSF GK12 Fellow, Rutgers University.
Collaborated with elementary school teachers to enhance middle school science education. Developed and taught hands-on laboratory activities for 8th grade physical science and math and 6th grade general science classes. Participated in bi-monthly workshops with teachers to create lesson plans and discuss teaching philosophies. Participated in the annual National Science Foundation GK-12 meeting in Washington, DC.

2002 – 2007 Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University, Department of Life Sciences.

Fall 2002 - spring 2003 - General Biology Laboratory: Taught students to use laboratory equipment and led hands-on laboratory activities to reinforce lecture material. Delivered weekly presentations and graded weekly assignments and research reports. Participated in teacher training seminars.

Fall 2003 - spring 2004 - Genetics (non-majors): Led weekly reviews to re-enforce lecture material. Worked with students in groups and individually. Wrote and graded weekly quizzes. In addition to two semester-long courses, served at the Genetics teaching assistant for two summer courses (2004 and 2005).

Fall 2004 - spring 2006 - Genetic Analysis I & II (Genetics majors): Used a combination of lectures and group work to assist students with challenge problems. Led weekly presentations and graded assignments.

Fall 2007 to spring 2007 - Genetics Laboratory: Led weekly computer-based laboratory lessons. Graded weekly assignments and a final laboratory report.

MENTORING EXPERIENCE
2010 Graduate Mentor, Master of Chemical and Life Sciences, University of Maryland; Betsy Evans.

PUBLICATIONS
Landesman, W.J. and J. Dighton. Shifts in microbial biomass and the bacteria: fungi ratio occur under field conditions within three hours after rainfall. In Press at Microbial Ecology.

Landesman, W.J., A. Treonis and J. Dighton. 2010. Effects of a one-year rainfall manipulation on soil nematode abundances and community composition. In press at Pedobiologia.

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 PREP
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.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS
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.

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 Annual Argonne Soils Workshop, Argonne, IL. October 6-8, 2010.

2010 Landesman, W.J. and D. Nelson. Forensic Analysis of Soil Microbial Communities. 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.

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

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

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

2003 – 2006 Symposium Chair, Rutgers Ecology & Evolution Graduate Student Association.

2003-2006 MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER • Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science • Public Health Reports • Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS • Ecological Society of America • Soil Ecology Society

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2003 Solid Waste Policy Group, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Investigated food waste recycling patterns of food waste generating businesses throughout New Jersey. Used GIS to create an interactive map of food waste generation and disposal.

2000 – 2002 Account Executive, Waldorf Carting, Mount Vernon, NY. Managed recycling and waste management for commercial properties in New York City. Conducted waste audits. Developed system for analyzing account performance. Led a team of 8 drivers.

1998 – 2000 Recycling Consultant, Great Forest, New York, NY. Installed and managed recycling programs in 20 large commercial properties in New York City. Led educational seminars for building management staff. Conducted waste audits and monthly inspections.

1995 – 1998 Information Coordinator, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA. Created library and information service to support scientific and program staff and the general public. Wrote newsletters and responded to information requests on topics relating to soil ecology, organic agriculture and international development. Assessed the feasibility of implementing a vermicomposting system for municipal waste recycling in Berks County, PA. Attended sustainable agriculture conferences. Toured organic farms in Costa Rica and the Petén region of Guatemala.


 

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