Sophia presenting @ MSERA
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!!!
Darrien passed his comps!
We have another Masters candidate in the lab as Darrien breezed through his prospectus defense this morning. Congrats Darrien!
Collecting soils with getty
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!
Learning lab lessons this week
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!
Excited to welcome Nikki!!
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!
Dragnet sampling this week
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!
Getty sailing through her comps
We are so excited to have Getty officially transition to masters candidate this afternoon. She gave an awesome talk about how co-occurring disturbance events are shaping plant community composition and the spread of invasive species!!
Madison Nelson successfully and fantastically defended her MS thesis yesterday entitled - The role of student identities and role model formation on college student sense of belonging and STEM career commitment. Madison is officially the first graduate from the FUNGGii lab and we could not be more proud of her. Madison is now shifting gears and is moving into K-12 education and will be able to bring many of the lessons learned from her projects to her students to promote a more inclusive and supportive classroom. Congrats!!!
Department of Biology - University of South Alabama