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.
This summer OIT Environmental Science undergraduates Morgaine, Chloe, and Aaron will be working on several research projects. We started field work on Monday in unseasonably cold weather! Here we are setting up a demographic study for Applegate's milkvetch at the local airport.