It's been a great spring with lots of accomplishments to celebrate!
Congratulations to MS student Sean Stewart, who successfully defended his thesis last Friday! Thanks to all that attended in person or on zoom.
Congratulations to former lab research assistant, Cristina Winters, who was just recognized for her outstanding research in STEM and service/leadership! See attached biography. Great job, Cristina! We are so proud of you!
Dr. Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry, Fire, & Rangeland Management), Dr. Rosemary Sherriff (Geography, Environment & Spatial Analysis), and I are hiring 3 research assistants for a tree failure study in northwestern California. See attached PDF for more details, and apply by March 24!
Here's a great article in Science Magazine about IDE (the International Drought Experiment), which is a network of drought experiments using the same protocol that the Byrne lab participates in (we have the only two sites in Oregon!)
It's been a busy few weeks since the semester ended, but lots of good stuff happening.
Here is a brief update:
Congratulations to Francisco, who has been awarded research grants from both the Native Plant Society of Oregon and The Great Basin Chpt. of the Society for Ecological Restoration to support his unfunded side project, non-destructive age estimation for Artemisia cana and Artemisia arbuscula. The funding will offset the cost of travel, tools, and provide a stipend for an undergraduate to accompany him in the field for data collection.
The lab recently purchased a hydropneumatic elutriation system ("root washer") so we can more quickly quantify root production in grasslands and shrublands, and fine root production in forests. Lab research assistants Shannon (l) and Jade (r) are ready to process fine root samples from old growth Jeffrey and sugar pines with MS student Julia!
Wow, it's not often we have two publications out in one week!