Andrew Muehleisen lead a super cool paper that disentangles dispersal from extinction dynamics to understand what processes are driving richness loss in grasslands with nutrient addition. It was super fun to be involved in the formation of this paper and it is great to see it out!
J, Darrien, Cissy Ballen and Ryan Dunk were up in Indianapolis for the National Association of Biology Teachers to discuss our ideological awareness modules and host a workshop with iEMBER this week. We had a blast at the workshop and hanging in the snow!
Graduate Student Sophia Houston is up in Little Rock, AR this week presenting at the Mid-South Education Research Association (MSERA) annual meeting on work conducted with Dr Angela Google on cultural mismatch of first-gen college students with multiple stigmatized identities. She rocked it!!!
We have another Masters candidate in the lab as Darrien breezed through his prospectus defense this morning. Congrats Darrien!
J & Getty were out at Jacinto Port today collecting soils from our disturbance experiment. We are now 5 months post disturbance and are starting to see some plants filling back in!
This week we learned that graphite crucibles are not the same as ceramic crucibles, even though a neighboring department stores them together underneath the muffle furnace :). We learned that graphite is made of carbon, which results in some very sad faces in the lab when we are conducting loss on ignition. Sarah and Emily lost lots of samples, luckily we have plenty of back-up soil.
J visit Ms McCraw's Biology class at Baker High School this week to talk about what life is like as a biologist and to talk about some of the fun, cool research we are conducting!
We are super excited to have senior undergrad Nikki Ricketts join the FUNGGii lab. She will be working with Darrien to understand how introductory biology faculty discuss controversial topics in their classrooms! Check out her profile on our people page!
We were down on Dauphin Island today sampling our DragNet plots. We conducted plant composition, collected aboveground biomass, and measured light availability. It was a fun day with lots of great sun, plus we finished the day with ice cream!
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