Mike Shellans


March 21, 2017

Mike Shellans, senior lecturer in popular music and jazz, received a distinctive teaching award and his three internet courses in popular music, the Beatles and Elvis Presley now service 1950 students per semester.

His newest text "Who is the greatest/Elvis or the Beatles?," is a critical comparison of the two music giants and is available through the ASU bookstore.  Download Full Image

ASU director earns ecological publication award

Trisalyn Nelson named recipient of 2017 W.S. Cooper Award from Ecological Society of America


March 21, 2017

Trisalyn Nelson, Foundation Professor and director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2017 W.S. Cooper Award from the Ecological Society of America.

The W.S. Cooper Award honors the authors of an outstanding publication in the field of geobotany, physiographic ecology, plant succession or the distribution of plants along environmental gradients. Trisalyn Nelson, Director, School of Geographical Sciences & Uran Planning Trisalyn Nelson, Foundation Professor and director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2017 W.S. Cooper Award. Download Full Image

Nelson served as coauthor of the article “Intertidal resource use over millennia enhances forest productivity” published in Nature Communications.

First author Andrew Trant, a professor at the University of Waterloo, and colleagues revealed a previously unappreciated historical influence on forest productivity: long-term residence of First Nations people.

Counter to a more familiar story of damage to ecosystems inflicted by people and their intensive use of resources, the activities of native people on the Central Coast of British Columbia enhanced the fertility of the soil around habitation sites, leading to greater productivity of the dominant tree species, the economically and culturally valuable western redcedar.

Through a combination of airborne remote sensing and on-the-ground fieldwork, the authors showed that forest height, width, canopy cover, and greenness increased on and near shell middens. They presented the first documentation of influence on forest productivity by the daily life activities of traditional human communities.

Nelson, along with her colleagues, will be presented their award during the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting in August.

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