Cooper Rosin Receives Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Manuscript

May 10, 2017

Contact: Tim Lucas, 919/613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – Cooper Rosin, a 2017 doctoral graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been named winner of this year’s Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Manuscript.

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Rosin was honored for his paper, “Hunting-induced Defaunation Drives Increased Seed Predation and Decreased Seedling Establishment of Commercially Important Tree Species in an Afrotropical Forest,” which was published October 7, 2016, in the peer-reviewed journal Forest Ecology and Management

Stanback Dean Jeffrey R. Vincent announced the award to the Nicholas School community today (May 10).

Rosin will be acknowledged at the school’s Recognition Ceremony for graduates and their families on Saturday, May 13. He will receive a $3,000 award and a framed certificate as this year’s winner.

Rosin’s research sheds new light on how defaunation caused by widespread hunting in tropical forests alters the plant-animal interactions that drive seed dispersal and tree recruitment there.

He conducted the study with his advisor, John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology, who co-authored Rosin’s paper.

Funding for their research came from the Duke University Graduate School and the Garden Club of America.

The Nicholas School has presented the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Manuscript annually since 2008 to recognize excellence in graduate student research.