Jodee Hunt, Ph.D.
Ecology & Behavior of Vertebrates
Interdisciplinary Projects in Nicaragua
Restoration Ecology & Sustainable Agriculture
Office: 249 Padnos
Fall 2010 Office Hours: Tuesdays: 11:15-11:50 a.m. and Thursdays 4-6:00 p.m.
Phone: (616) 331-2504
Ph.D. Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas.
M.S. Biology (emphasis in Ecology), San Diego State University.
B.S. Animal Health Science, University of Arizona.
Courses taught at GVSU:
BIO 105 Environmental Science
Current Research Interests:
1. Sustainability in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua, the second-poorest nation in Latin America, shelters high biodiversity in diverse (though degraded) ecosystems. Delving into ecology, agriculture, science education, sustainable tourism, and entrepreneurship at the base of the economic pyramid, I collaborate with professors, students and community leaders from west Michigan and Nicaragua on interdisciplinary projects including (a) study of ecotourism in Nicaragua, (b) development of resources for science courses (primarily environmental studies and ecology), (c) workshops for Nicaraguan faculty and students to facilitate the design of research projects to assist farmers and rural communities dealing with environmental degradation and effects of climate change, and (d) study of entrepreneurship at the base of the economic pyramid. The ultimate objective of these projects is to aid local scientists, educators, farmers and community members in achieving sustainability in agriculture, tourism, and community development. Highly motivated, committed, cooperative team players may join in the fun.
2. Fish behavior.
Hunt, J., P. Lane and J. Farris. In Press. The lesson of Miss Arlene’s oven: entrepreneurship at the base of the economic pyramid in Nicaragua. Journal of International Entrepreneurship.
Lane, P., J. Hunt and J. Farris. 2010. Innovative teaching to engage and challenge twenty-first century entrepreneurship students: an interdisciplinary approach. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.
Lane, P., J. Farris and J. Hunt. 2008. Challenging entrepreneurial students with concrete, interdisciplinary problems. 2008 Conference and Proceedings, Allied Academies International Conference, Reno, NV. Addresses an interdisciplinary, problem-solving based technique for teaching undergraduates.
Scholarly Presentations Since 2000 (Selected):
Hunt, J., and L. Lanuza. 2009. Development of ecotourism and curriculum development in Miraflor, Nicaragua: outreach and collaboration with faculty of FAREM, Esteli. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
Hunt, J., J. Zeman, D. Simon and S. Bridwell. 2008. Restoration of an urban wetland: experiments through a cooperative municipal-university partnership. Invited presentation, The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems, annual conference of The Stewardship Network, East Lansing, MI.
Hunt, J. and I. Gomez. 2007. Restoration of an urban lake ecosystem: water quality, point-source pollution, and non-point source pollution. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, San Jose, CA.
Recent Presentations by GVSU Students (*undergraduate **graduate):
Adams, L.,** and J. Hunt. 2010. The evolution of morality in non-human animals. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Zeman, J.R., J. Hunt and D.A. Simon. 2009. Short-term effects of soil amendments in restoring riparian habitat following gravel mining in an urban inland lake. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
Simon, D.**, J. Zeman**, and J. Hunt. 2009. Effects of perches and rodent-exclusion fences on the restoration of an urban riparian plant community. The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems, 2nd annual conference of the Stewardship Network, East Lansing, Michigan.
Zeman, J.,** D. Simon,** and J. Hunt. 2009. Effects of manure and sawdust + sucrose amendments on soil nutrients and plant species abundance in urban riparian restoration. The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems, 2nd annual conference of the Stewardship Network, East Lansing, Michigan.
Kapolka, C.,* and J. Hunt. 2008. Effects of experimental manipulations on restoration of urban riparian habitat. GVSU Student Scholarship Day, Allendale, MI.
Bridwell, S.* and J. Hunt. 2007, 2008. Restoring urban riparian habitat: do manipulations affect the behavior and abundance of avian seed dispersers? Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Madison, WI. (2007). Also: West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference, VanAndel Instiute., Grand Rapids, MI (2007), and GVSU Student Scholarship Day, Allendale, MI. (2008).
Simon, D.**, J. Zeman**, J. Hunt, G. Greer and N. MacDonald. 2007. Effects of avian seed dispersers and exclusion of small edaphic mammals on riparian plant community restoration. Ecological Society of America, San Jose, California.
Scientific & Professional Societies:
Animal Behavior Society
Ecological Society of America, ESA Education Section
Society for Restoration Ecology, Great Lakes Chapter
Michigan Stewardship Network
Land Conservancy of West Michigan
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