New faculty fellowships target fisheries and fermentations

periodiCALS, Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2016

New positions funded as part of the college’s Faculty Renewal Initiative will bring additional expertise in fisheries and fermentations to CALS.

The Dwight A. Webster Faculty Fellowship in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences will address the consequences that changing environmental conditions have on the ecology and management of fisheries. The position, based in the Department of Natural Resources, was made possible through the generosity of 49 donors, including many members of the Bay Pond Club and the Adirondack League Club. The fellowship is named for Dwight A. Webster, the renowned professor of fishery biology who laid the groundwork for what has become the Adirondack Fishery Research Program, which has worked in partnership with local landowners for 65 years to protect natural fisheries in the Adirondacks.

The E.&J. Gallo Faculty Fellowship in Wine Microbiology will be used to recruit an assistant professor to study one of the most complex tools in winemaking: bacteria and yeast. The position, based in the Department of Food Science, was funded by a gift from California-based E.&J. Gallo Winery, one of the world’s largest wine producers. The research program will focus on novel fermentation technologies as well as the biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular ecology of microbes during fermentation.