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Student Research Projects 2019-20

Other Years’ Projects ( 2019-20  2018-19  2017-18 )

STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECT ABSTRACTS:

Emma Balunek is a senior studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. Emma has been working with David Anderson from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program on their priority area survey project of Colorado’s newest state park, Fishers Peak.
*WINNER: 2020 CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium “Highest Honors Award!”

Lauren Beu is a senior at Colorado State University, majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and minoring in Conservation Biology. She is currently working on a research project with mentor Julie Heinrichs titled Historical and Future Gunnison Sage-Grouse Conservation, which focuses on what types of treatments were implemented to conserve Gunnison sage-grouse in Colorado and how effective they were. The goal is to help conservation practitioners make decisions on how to best protect this species in the future.

Ryan Bridges is a third-year undergraduate student studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. Both Ryan and his mentor, Dr. Jonathan Salerno in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, are conducting a research project called “Understanding Rainy Season Onset and Cessation in Two Local Sites in Western Uganda”.
*WINNER: 2020 CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium “Best in Show Award” AND second place “Energy Institute Award”!

Lina Cao is a junior in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. Kernza is a perennial wheat that was developed The Land Institute in Salina, KS. Lina’s project focuses on the relationship between carbon and nitrogen by comparing unfertilized Kernza-alfalfa, unfertilized Kernza and Kernza with fertilization. Her mentor is Laura Van der Pol, a PhD student in the Department of Soil and Crop Science.

Daniel Dominguez is a senior studying Watershed Science in the Warner College of Natural Resources.  He is working with Ph.D. candidate Allison Rhea studying the short-term deployment of In-Situ sondes (water probes) and using citizen science to build a baseline for water quality parameters on the Poudre River Watershed.

Hunter Dowdle is a junior at Colorado State University, studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in the Warner College of Natural Resources. Rachel Kanaziz, his mentor, has guided him through the research process of creating his first project titled, The Activity Budget of Adolescent Red Foxes, which is a study that uses remote camera traps to document fox behavior.

Dustin Fox is a fourth year undergrad studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. Dustin is being mentored by Wade Tinkhamand Neil Swayze in the project Multispectral Burn Severity Analysis: Boy Scout Ranch.

Sienna Levine is a junior at Colorado State University majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability.  She is working on a research project with Ryleigh Gelles, a Master’s student in the department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, on changes in bee phenology across wildfire and fuels reduction treatments in Boulder County.

Chenfan Li is an undergraduate student majoring in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. With the help of two mentors, Dr. Gillian Bowser and her Master’s student Sarah Whipple, she researched the relationship  between  ant  species richness  and  elevation  in  Yellowstone National Park. They hope  to  find  how  global changing affects the elevation’s temperature and ant habitat.
*WINNER: 2020 CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium “College Honors Award!”

Meijia Li is a senior student majoring in Ecosystem Science & Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is doing a research project with Dr. John Moore exploring the possible mechanism of Pandoraea microbes inhibiting the Burkholderia bacteria in rice crop root systems.

Muyao Li is a senior undergraduate student major in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. She is conducting a research project exploring the problems of sagebrush seeding treatments associated with sagebrush steppe restoration in the western United States from 1940 to 2018. She is working with the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Adrian Monroe.

Rui Li is an undergraduate student in the Warner College of Natural Resources. He is a senior student majoring in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. The research project he is working on with his mentor, Anna Marshall, is quantifying how hyporrheic exchange flow changes in relation to increasing channel complexity associated with channel-spanning logjams.

Marissa Lopez is a senior at Colorado State University studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Her research is being conducted with Tim Weinmann, a Graduate Degree Program in Ecology student in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and US Geological Survey. They are studying nitrogen addition impacts on soil organic matter in the Loch Vale Watershed of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Tongtong Ma is a senior studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in the Warner College of Natural Resources. Her mentors are Dr. Gillian Bowser and Master’s student Sarah Whipple. Tongtong’s project is focused on finding the effect of glacier retreat on water quality in Peru, with shrimp as the ecological indicator.

Damian Moya is a Senior in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability program. He is conducting his project on Pronghorn Management using Water Guzzlers with Jennie Anderson as his mentor at the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML).
*WINNER: 2020 CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium “Best in Show Award!”

Nie Nie is a senior student in the Ecosystem Science & Sustainability Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University. Her research is to study the effects of different vegetation types on fire severity. Her mentors are Dr. Wade Tinkham, Neal Swayze and Matthew Creasy.

Sierra Simpson is a fourth year Ecosystem Science and Sustainability student at Colorado State University. Her mentor is Mireille (Ray) Gonzalez and she is working on a project focusing on the Social science perspective of wolf reintroduction in Colorado.
*WINNER: 2020 CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium “High Honors Award!”

McKenleigh Spitler is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She a research assistant for Dr. Jill Baron studying the timing of ice-on and ice-off in Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park, through assessment of repeat photography. She shares a passion for sustainability and ecological conservation.

Naomi Stevens is a third year Ecosystem Science and Sustainability student at Colorado State University, with minors in Global Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Affairs. She is currently researching frog identification techniques via amphibian calls with Dr. Randall Boone, and is very passionate about rock climbing, the environment, and good books.
*WINNER: 2020 CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium “High Honors Award!”

Austin Wei is a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and  Sustainability  (ESS)  at  Colorado  State  University,  who  is  enthusiastic  about exploring  ways  to  reduce  greenhouse  gas  emissions  and  promote  sustainability  as  a career path. He is conducting research on the effects of tropical rainforest drought on plant root growth and soil carbon storage in Panama with Dr. Daniela Cusack and her PhD student Amanda Longhi Cordeiro.

Kan Xu is a junior student major in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She and her mentor, Dr. Michael Lefsky, are researching factors that most influences forest ecosystem plant diversity in Puerto Rico between 1937, 1951 and 1951- 2019s.