CSU-Chico collaborator (and fellow Colorado State GDPE grad) Kristen Kaczynski and I finished up the 2017 field season yesterday at the ORIDE project on the Modoc Plateau (just in time- see photo above - I'm nearly 7 months pregnant!). Thanks so much to summer field assistants Allison, Nate, and Aaron (all Oregon Tech undergrads) for braving the rain and darkness to help us finish up before winter (and baby Prairie) hits! My new HSU undergraduate research assistant, Stephanie, will be processing root samples for the project in my lab on campus. Thanks Allison, Nate, Aaron, Stephanie, and collaborator/friend Kristen for making this trip such a success!
Congratulations to undergraduates Chloe Smith, Allison Young, and Nathan Connell, who presented posters at the Oregon Tech Annual Project Symposium yesterday. Chloe presented a poster about the campus vegetable garden she and the sustainability club started this year, and Nate and Allison presented their Applegate's milkvetch germination study. Everyone did a fantastic job!
Congratulations to Aaron Miller, undergraduate Environmental Science student in the lab. Oregon Tech's Resource Budget Commission funded his proposed study, study, "Phenological changes of important forb species in a changing climate." He will study phenology at the ORIDE climate change experiment this spring, and determine if changes in phenology affect fitness of forb species important for sage-grouse and other wildlife species.
Dr. Byrne has been invited to participate in the InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future) and QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis) faculty mentoring network to adopt and test interdisciplinary modules that address sustainability and climate change in some of her courses.
Dr. Byrne and co-authors newest manuscript, "Contrasting effects of precipitation manipulations in two Great Plains plant communities" is available ahead of print on the Journal of Vegetation Science website.
Students were lucky to have Chris Gebauer, soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, visit campus for soils lab this week. Thanks for the instruction, Chris!
Students in Dr. Byrne's soils class visited the ORIDE experiment site to collect soil samples for lab analysis. It was a great field trip! Check out the photos below for more information.
Dr. Byrne and other OIT professors were recognized in a press release on recent research funding received.