Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Latin Americanist Professors Jeff Chambers and Tom Sherry Featured in Fall 2009 Tulanian

January 6th, 2010

Drs. Jeffrey Chambers and Thomas Sherry, both professors of ecology and evolutionary biology, were featured in the Fall 2009 Tulanian article “175 Ways Tulane Has Rocked the World.” Featured at #120, Chambers was noted for his determination that the destruction of forest trees from Hurricane Katrina was enough to cancel out a year’s worth of new tree growth in all other U.S. forests which has the potential to increase the rate of global warming. Sherry, in turn, was featured at #121 for his investigations on wintering ecology of migratory birds in Jamaica which showed that the survival of the Black-throated Blue Warbler tracks the El Niño-La Niña climate fluctuations in the Caribbean. His work indicates that the birds are likely to decline in association with global warming with the intensification of droughts over time.