Mentoring is critical form of teaching that I find highly rewarding. Research introduces students to the scientific process and gives them the experience and training to prepare them for a career after graduation. It also allows students to apply and build on concepts they have learned in the classroom.
Current Undergraduate Students
I’m an undergraduate student in Biology at Western Colorado University. I studying soil carbon and nutrient changes due to managed grazing in a rangeland in Colorado. My research is funded by the Thornton Biology Research Grant and the Western Fund for Scholarly Opportunities, Undergraduate Research, and Creative Expression (SOURCE).
Current Master's in Environmental Management (MEM) Students
I am pursuing a career in the mitigation of industrial and mining waste in watersheds. My MEM project with the Western Alliance for Restoration Management (WARM) will lay the groundwork for remediation of the Ben Butler Mine through outreach to relevant stakeholders and the production of a waste rock geochemical analysis plan and final analysis report using industry standard procedures to establish the baseline onsite. The goals of the geochemical analysis are knowing where the most reactive material lies and assessing whether previous sampling levels of contaminants were representative of current and all waste onsite, information which will be critical to WARM’s reclamation efforts in coming years.
I am a student in the MEM program at Western, and my background is in ecology. My interests are centered around changes humans cause in natural ecosystems. In the past, I studied invasive Amur honeysuckle and changes in forest composition of Midwestern oak-hickory forest following European settlement. As of now, I plan to develop my master’s project around the impact of anthropogenic climate change on Arctic forest ecosystems in northeastern Siberia.
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