The Byrne lab has been busy this fall with 2 new seedbank germination studies. See a few photos below of Allison and Sarah transplanting some of their germinated seedlings for future identification (part of the ORIDE project), and Sean taking photos of his samples for his senior Capstone (soils from Lanphere Dunes).
Check out the "People" section of the website to read more about our new graduate student, Allison, and a few ESM undergraduates working in the lab this semester!
Dr. Byrne is giving a talk for the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society next week. See the flyer here. If you live locally you are welcome to attend!
We had a great field crew this summer! Allison, Ethan, and Beth worked in Klamath Falls for about 4 weeks collecting data on the ongoing Applegate's milkvetch project, then spent a week at the ORIDE project (along with PI Kerry, Jules lab grad student Andres, and senior ESM student Sean) to do a week of intense ANPP/species composition sampling at ORIDE. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and positive attitudes! We finished sampling in record time. All photos below taken by Bethany Rouse.
Dr. Byrne (not pictured), new lab graduate student Allison, HSU Environmental Science and Management (ESM) senior Ethan, and newly minted ESM graduate Beth headed up to Klamath Falls, OR to begin about 5 weeks of field work on 2 projects: long term monitoring of native Astragalus applegatei (Applegate's milkvetch) individuals, and assessing the impacts of extended drought on plant community composition and community structure in the sagebrush steppe (see lab research for more information). Thanks for all of your hard work, team!
Congratulations to Sean Stewart, who won a research scholarship from Northern California Botanists for his proposed research to conduct a seed bank germination study at Lanphere Dunes; comparing areas that have been invaded by yellow bush lupine to areas that have never been invaded by yellow bush lupine, to areas that have been restored from yellow bush lupine invasion. Sean will be testing seed bank germination methods this summer, and conducting his Capstone research project fall semester.
Sean hard at work setting up plots at Lanphere Dunes in Feb 2019
Congratulations to Aaron Miller, graduating Oregon Tech Environmental Science senior, who won the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award for the 2019 graduating class at Oregon Tech. Aaron worked as a research technician in my lab at Oregon Tech in Summer 2016, he conducted an independent research project in spring/summer 2017, and continued to work occasionally on the ORIDE project as recently as last fall.
Congratulations, too, to Allison Young, graduating Oregon Tech Biology Health Science senior, who won the President's Senior Cup Outstanding Student Award for the 2019 graduating class at Oregon Tech. Allison conducted an independent research project in my lab in Spring 2017, then worked as a research technician in the lab over the summer (2017).
I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work with these students over the past few years and I wish them both the best as they graduate and start their careers (Aaron as a natural resources manager with the Forest Service, and Allison is beginning pharmacy school at University of Washington in the fall). Congratulations, Aaron and Allison!
Are you a plantophile? Do you love spending time outdoors and traveling to new places? We are currently looking for two enthusiastic research assistants to help out with field work and some lab work this summer. You would work and live in Klamath Falls, OR (housing provided). See attached flyer for more information!
Dr. Byrne has been recognized as one of three 2019 winners of the HSU McCrone Promising Scholar award. Read the press release here.
If you weren't able to attend the January 2019 Northern California Botanists Symposium, but would still like to watch Dr. Byrne's talk "Restoring a population of Applegate's milkvetch: lessons learned for conservation," you can watch a recorded version here.