Please join us in congratulating Dawson Fairbanks on completing her qualifying exams!
Please join us as the 2017 William G. McGinnies scholarship recipient, Martha Gebhardt, will present her dissertation work November 16th. The talk is titled, "Shrub encroachment alters ecosystem processes: linking imaging spectroscopy and microbial biogeochemistry." You can find more information about her presentation here.
Martha Gebhardt was awarded a $40,000 grant from Freeport McMoRan's Community Investment Fund to coordinate 4 teacher-training events at the Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER) in the spring with kindergarten- high school teachers from Green Valley and Sahuarita communities. The teachers will spend time at SRER learning hands-on, inquiry based, STEM lessons they will then implement into their classrooms
Martha Gebhardt and Chance Muscarella presented their research at the 15th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) symposium. Martha presented 2 posters, the first titled, "STEM at SRER" and the second titled, "The use of plant hyperspectral signatures to look below ground at the Santa Rita Experimental Range." Chance presented his poster titled, "Seasonal responses of soil microbial communities in the Jemez River Basin," highlighting the research he and Ph.D student Dawson Fairbanks have done as part of the Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory. He displayed some of the results they have obtained that quantify the effects of seasonal variation and site factors on microbial enzyme activity rates and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients.