Awards, Honors, and Grants:
2014 Robert L. Burgess Graduate Scholarship in Ecology
2013 Wilford Dence Fellowship
award given by the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology (College of Environmental Science and Forestry; State University of New York, USA) to a graduate student who has demonstrated academic achievement and professional promise in broad areas of natural history, fish, and wildlife
2013 Society of Wetland Scientists Student Research Award
2013 Tropical Social Forestry Fund
award given by the Department of Forest and Natural Resource Management, College of Environmental Science and Forestry; State University of New York, USA
2011 IIE Fulbright Scholar
2010 Maurice and Annette Alexander Wetlands Research Award ($1125 USD)
2009 NSF GK-12 STEM Fellowship
2008 Abbey-Santander Travel Award (£500 GBP)
2007 St Edmund Hall Brockhues Graduate Research Award, University of Oxford (£250 GBP)
2007 Rhodes Scholar Finalist
2007 The Kane Prize, Biology Department’s Highest Graduating GPA
2007 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Lehman College
2006 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ($5000 USD)
2006 Ranger Award, highest rank in Venture Scouts
2006 Charlie Greenberg Scholarship ($1000 USD)
2003 Macaulay Honors College (2003-2007 tuition award)
2003 Eagle Scout; highest rank in Boy Scouts
2013 $20,000 Ecology, management, and conservation of Arapaima spp. in floodplains of the Lower Amazon; Research and outreach grant funded by the Boticario Foundation; Writer and Co-Principal Investigator: Daniel Gurdak
2013 $25,000 Tracking arapaima to create sustainable reserves for inland fisheries in the Brazilian Amazon; Funded by National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration; Lead PI: Peter Klimely
2010 National Geographic Young Explorers Grant ($5000 USD)
2009 DEFRA/FFI Flagship Species Fund Small Grant (£1875 GBP)
2010 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research ($1000 USD)
Work and Teaching Experience:
Service, Outreach, and Campus Activities:
2010 Ecological Society of America
Languages (ILR proficiency level)
English: Level 5– Native proficiency
Portuguese: Level 4 – Full professional proficiency
Polish: Level 3 – Professional working proficiency
Spanish: Level 2 – Limited working proficiency
Proficient in ArcInfo and ArcGIS with experience in remote sensing. CUNY Lehman College Certificate in Geographical Information Science, 2007.
Statistics: Proficient in JMP software with extensive experience in SPSS and R.
Extensive experience using Microsoft and Abobe Creative Suit.
Professional Membership and Societies:
2007 Sigma Xi
2006 Phi Beta Kappa
Vasconcelos CAA, Silva LVF, Gurdak DJ, Silva PB, Sousa EMO. “Influence dos parametros fisico-quimicos da agua sobre a frequencia de respiracao aerea do pirarucu (Arapaima cf. gigas) cultivado no Oeste do Para.” XIV Congresso Brasileiro de Limnologia. Bonito, MS, Brazil. 2013.
Gurdak DJ, Arantes C, Castello L, Queiroz HL. “Effect of Annual Flood Variability and Drought Cycles on Arapaima Growth in the Brazilian Amazon.” Oral Presentation. Ecological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. 2013
Gurdak DJ. “Identifying geographic gaps between arapaima management and research.” Web presentation. Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase. 2013
Gurdak DJ, Arantes C, Castello L, Queiroz HL. “Effect of Annual Flood Variability and Drought Cycles on Arapaima Growth in the Brazilian Amazon.” Oral Presentation, XIX Encontro Brasileiro de Ictiologia. Manaus, PA. February, 2011.
Gurdak DJ, Barua, M. “Butterflies and Invertebrate Conservation in Assam, India.” Short Talk, Student Conference on Conservation Science, New York, NY. November, 2010.
Gurdak DJ, Beal R. “GK-12 at SUNY ESF: Past, Current, and Future Activities- Sustaining activities beyond funding.” Oral Presentation, Ecological Society of American Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. August, 2010.
Buckley S, Landis C, Spiese J, Bowman K, Byrne E, Graves M, Gurdak DJ, Song P, Taylor D, Leopold DJ (PI), Beal R (Co-PI), Spuches C (Co-PI), Majanen T. “Fostering the next generation of scientists.” Poster, National Science Foundation GK-12 Annual Conference. Washington, DC. March 2010.
Gurdak DJ, Barua M, Butterfly Northeast. “Chasing Butterflies and Catching Interest: Butterfly Research in Assam, India, and its Application in Education and Outreach,” Poster, NSF GK12 Research Poster Presentation. NSF headquarters, Arlington, VA. March, 2010.
Gurdak DJ, Curran TJ, Freeman AND, Allenby J, Schlothan M, Brown RL. “Disturbance patterns in Tropical Rainforest Fragments: Implications for Biodiversity.” Poster, Summer School in Ecology and Biodiversity, Mammal Research Institute, Poland. June, 2008.
Gurdak DJ, Curran TJ, Freeman AND, Allenby J, Schlothan M, Brown RL. “Disturbance patterns in Tropical Rainforest Fragments on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland Australia.” Poster, Student Conference on Conservation Science, Cambridge, UK. March, 2008.
Gurdak DJ, Rachlin JW. “Dietary niche breadth of Etheostoma olmstedi Collected at Stations along the Bronx River.” Poster, Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Induction, Lehman College, Bronx, NY. May, 2007.
Gurdak DJ, Aragão LEOC, Rozas-Dávila A, Huasco WH, Cabrera KG, Doughty C, Rios WF, Espejo JES, Metcalfe DB, Silman MR, Malhi Y. 2014. Assessing above-ground woody debris dynamics along a gradient of elevation in Amazonian cloud forests in Peru: balancing above-ground inputs and respiration outputs. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 7 (1-2):1–18.
Barua M, Gurdak DJ, Ahmed RA, Tamuly J. 2012. Selecting flagships for invertebrate conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation. Available at: http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/s10531-012-0257-7
Gurdak DJ, Barua M. (in prep) Butterfly Conservation in a Rural Agricultural Matrix in Assam, India. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Biodiversity and Conservation.
Gurdak DJ, Aragão LEOC, Rozas-Dávila A, Huasco WH, Cabrera KG, Doughty C, Rios WF, Espejo JES, Metcalfe DB, Silman MR, Malhi Y. (in review) Balancing above ground carbon fluxes and wood debris respiration to understand biomass dynamics along a tropical Andes to Amazon elevational gradient. Manuscript submitted to Plant Ecology and Diversity, special issue on “Ecosystem Dynamics of Amazonian Forests”
Barua M, Gurdak DJ (2009) The 2008 Elephant Census: Total Count vs. Subsampling Blocks. In Talukdar BN (ed), Elephants in Assam. Wildlife Wing, Assam Forest Dept. 143-152
Stewart AM, Bowman K, Buckley S, Byrne E, Graves M, Gurdak DJ, Landis C, Patterson N, Rivera Y, Song P, Spiese J, Taylor D, Werner N (2010) A research Guide for Students and Teachers. Second edition. The Research Foundation of the State University of New York.