Environment

Outreach

Reaching beyond the field classroom to communicate with a wider community about the important issues of climate change and polar science is one of the goals of JSEP. As a result, JSEP participants learn to articulate their knowledge, classroom teachers develop educational modules, online resources are made available to anyone, and knowledge is shared with the research community. 

Research Assistant Professor
Science Outreach Coordinator
JSEP and JASE Co-PI

Lauren is a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and the Science Outreach Coordinator at Dartmouth's Institute of Arctic Studies. She studies the impacts of rapid environmental change on insect population and community dynamics in northern ecosystems. Her current research tests how Arctic warming impacts insect-wildlife-human interactions. In addition to research, Lauren is Co-PI on a NSF grant for international science outreach in Greenland and Antarctica and she teaches in Dartmouth's Environmental Studies Program. She has a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth, and a M.S. in Entomology and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland.

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Department:
Environmental Studies
Center:
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Education:
B.S. University of Maryland
M.S. University of Maryland
Ph.D. Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

Culler, L.E., M.P. Ayres, and R.A. Virginia. 2015. In a warmer Arctic, mosquitoes avoid increased mortality from predators by growing faster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282

Culler, L.E., M.A. McPeek, and M.P. Ayres. 2014. Predation risk shapes thermal physiology of a predaceous damselfly. Oecologia 176:653-660

Culler, L.E., R.F. Smith, and W.O. Lamp. 2014. Weak relationships between environmental factors and invertebrate communities in constructed wetlands. Wetlands 34: 351-361

Culler, L.E., S. Obha, and P. Crumrine. 2014. Predator-Prey Interactions of Dytiscids. In Ecology, Systematics, and Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Editor: D.A. Yee.

Lamp, W.O., D. Miranda, L.E. Culler, and L.C. Alexander. 2011. Host suitability and gas exchange response of grapevine to Potato Leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 1316-1322.

Culler, L.E. and W.O. Lamp. 2009. Selective predation by larval Agabus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) on mosquitoes: support for conservation‐based mosquito suppression in constructed wetlands. Freshwater Biology 54: 2003‐2014

Abdoulaye, D., R.K. Dabire, K. Heidenberger, J. Crawford, W. Lamp, L.E. Culler, and T. Lehmann. 2008. Evidence for divergent selection between the molecular forms of Anopheles gambiae: role of predation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:5

Arctic Mosquitoes Thriving Under Climate Change

Dartmouth Media contact: John Cramer | [email protected] | 603-646-9130

HANOVER, N.H. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Warming temperatures are causing Arctic mosquitoes to grow faster and emerge earlier, significantly boosting their population and threatening the caribou they feast on, a Dartmouth College study finds.

The study predicts the mosquitoes’ probability of surviving and emerging as adults will increase by more than 50 percent if Arctic temperatures rise 2 °C. The findings are important because changes in the timing and intensity of their emergence affect their role as pests of people and wildlife, as pollinators of tundra plants and as food for other species, including Arctic and migratory birds.

The researchers say the climate-population model they developed for Arctic mosquitoes and their predators can be generalized to any ecosystem where survival depends on sensitivities to changing temperatures.

Event Co-Sponsorship

The Dickey Center welcomes the opportunity to co-sponsor different types of campus events (public lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia, etc.) with academic departments, student groups, faculty, staff and other campus centers and institutes. We ask that requests for co-sponsorship be made six weeks prior to the term in which the event would take place.

Diplomacy at the Top of the World

August 26, 2015

On August 31, in Anchorage, Alaska, the U.S. will convene foreign ministers from Arctic and non-Arctic states to discuss climate change and other topics concerning the region. According to an opinion piece in Project Syndicate, co-authored by Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Artic Studies, it is important that disagreements such as Iran's nuclear program and the conflict in Ukraine not derail discussions about the Arctic, where cooperation between Russia and the West has been the norm.

Dartmouth and Greenland Lead International Teens to the Arctic

August 13, 2015

Dartmouth Now reports on Dartmouth's contribution to the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), a program jointly funded and led by the Government of Greenland and the US, that takes teens from the US, Greenland, and Denmark to Greenland to learn about science and undertake independent research projects. 

Lauren Culler, postdoctoral fellow and science outreach coordinator for the Institute of Arctic Studies, co-leads the program with the Institute's Director, Ross Virgina. “The overall goal was getting the students to learn to ask testable scientific questions and work with the graduate students to design and complete a project,” says Culler.

Read the entire story at Dartmouth Now.

 

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