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Jerry Urquhart
Jerry Urquhart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department: Biology
Address: W-26E Holmes
Phone: (517) 353-1759

I am a former Lyman Briggs Student (Class of '90) who has returned to teach here. As a graduate of Lyman Briggs, I feel I have a unique connection to the College and its students. My research focuses on tropical rainforests and their inhabitants. I teach the LBC 144 Organismal Biology course on campus and two study abroad programs, Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation in Panama and Rainforests and Reality in Nicaragua. I also serve as system administrator and webmaster for LBC.

My interests combine research on the natural environment with applications of information technology. I am currently doing research on Poison Dart Frogs and Tropical Rainforest Regeneration, and am developing a project on the Paleoecology of the Saginaw Bay Region. I have developed unique ways of using the WWW to present information about his research and interests in tropical rainforests. I designed many websites about tropical forests and other natural wonders, and recently won the National Audubon Society's "Best Website 2000" award. My recent publications include the NASA Fact Sheet on Tropical Deforestation, and paleoecological papers on the history of tropical rainforests. Prior to coming to Lyman Briggs College, I held a post-doctoral position with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. My field research is based in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

    2005 -Outstanding Service to Study Abroad Award, International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University
    2004 -Outstanding Faculty Award, MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Michigan State University

    National Science Foundation, (Foster, Weatherspoon, Vannocker, Urquhart, Siegford, Shipman, Schumacher, Roth, Ording, Millenbah, Lucas), Careers in Food, Energy, and the Environment - an Interdisciplinary Approach [2017 -2021] $999,983
    National Science Foundation, (Moran, Urquhart, Pokhrel, Mueller, Moore, Lu, Lopez, Hyndman), INFEWS/T3: Rethinking Dams: Innovative Hydropower Solutions to Achieve Sustainable Food and Energy Production, and Sustainable Communities [2017 -2020] $1,135,923
    Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, (Urquhart), Nicaragua Baird's Tapir Conservation Initiative [2012 -2014] $25,000
    MSU Internationalizing the Student Experience Program, (G. R. Urquhart and D. B. Kramer), Bringing the International Back to Campus: Video Vignettes in Classroom Teaching [2010 -2010] $15,000
    National Science Foundation, (Kramer, Urquhart, McCright, Allen, Qi), The Connection of Remote Communities: Environmental Effects [2008 -2013] $1,057,121
    National Science Foundation TUES Grant, (J. J. Smith, M. Heidemann, G. R. Urquhart, C. Murphy, Williams), Integrative Case Studies in Evolution Education [2001 -2001] $199,797

    2012 Sarikas, C., and G. R. Urquhart. 2012. Survival of Dipteryx oleifera (Fabaceae) trees after Hurricane Ida in Nicaragua. Journal of Tropical Ecology 28: 327-329.
    2011 Lovis, W. A., G. R. Urquhart, M. E. Raviele, and J. P. Hart. 2011. Hardwood ash nixtamalization may lead to false negatives for the presence of maize by depleting bulk d13C in carbonized residues. Journal of Archaeological Science 38(10): 2726-2730.
    2011 Stevens, K., L Campbell, G. Urquhart, D. Kramer and J. Qi. 2011. Examining complexities of forest cover change during armed conflict on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2597–2613.
    2010 Jordan, C. A., K.J. Stevens, G.R. Urquhart, D.B. Kramer, and K. Roe. 2010. A new record of Baird’s tapir Tapirus bairdii in Nicaragua and potential implications. Tapir Conservation 19:11-15.
    2009 Urquhart, G. R. 2009. Paleoecological hurricane disturbance and forest regeneration in Nicaragua. Quaternary International 195: 88-97.
    2009 Kramer, D. B., G. Urquhart, and K. Schmitt. 2009. Globalization and the connection of remote communities: A review of household effects and their biodiversity implications. Ecological Economics 68: 2897–2909
    2009 Hart, J. P., G. R. Urquhart, R. S. Feranec, and W. A. Lovis. 2009. Nonlinear Relationship Between Bulk d13C and Percent Maize in Carbonized Cooking Residues and the Potential of False Negatives in Detecting Maize. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:2206-2212.
    2007 Hart, J. P., W. A. Lovis, J. K. Schulenberg, and G. R. Urquhart. 2007. Paleodietary Implications from Stable Carbon Isotope Analysis of Experimental Cooking Residues. Journal of Archaeological Science 34 (2007) 804-813.
    2007 Petrucha, M.E. and G. R. Urquhart. 2007. First Nesting of Double Crested Cormorants in Roscommon County. Michigan Birds and Natural History 15.
    2005 Heidemann, M. and G. R. Urquhart. 2005. A Can of Bull? Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy? Journal of College Science Teaching 35 (October): 40-44