Congratulations, Savannah! Funded by the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), Savannah will investigate the Drivers of Plant Fecundity in Tallgrass Prairies: Direct and indirect effects of plant diversity and soil microbes on plant-pollinator interactions.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, high school students in the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships (TERF) program who worked with the Mangan lab this summer presented posters at Washington University's fall Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Symposium this year was held in Olin Library. Congratulations to our TERF students, Melissa Gastelum, Athena Oakes, Lara Tapy, and McKenzie Ruff.
Taylor Rohan, a technician in the lab, presented her poster at the 6th annual St Louis Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (SLEEC) Retreat, titled "Do soil microbes mediate or amplify the effects of foliar enemies under differing precipitation regimes?" The retreat was held at Principia College in Elsah, IL, on September 17. Great job, Taylor!
Thanks to our fantastic Tyson summer research team, it has been another very successful, productive and fun summer. Our 2016 Natural Enemies team included from left to right: Rachel Becknell, McKenzie Ruff (Eureka High School), Cara Cook, Claudia & Mira Stein, Athena Oakes (Fort Zumwalt North High School), Taylor Rohan, Melissa Gastelum (Clayton High School), Nancy Conejo (University of Houston - Downtown), George Zhou, Junhwi Yoo (New College of Florida), Scott Mangan. Missing: Lara Tapy (Marquette HIgh School) , Michael Tobin (University of Houston - Downtown).
Rachel Becknell, a PhD student in the lab, presented her poster on "Plant-soil microbial interactions and their effects on tallgrass prairie communities" at the 24th North American Prairie Conference. The conference took place at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, from July 17-20. Rachel won the first place poster award at the conference- great job!
Two undergraduate students in our lab presented their posters at Washington University's spring Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 15. Congratulations to Anna and George!
Rachel and 6 fellow graduate students from the Biology Department earned Honorable Mentions in this year's NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition. Congratulations!
Check out Rachel's recent publication of her senior thesis project in Biological Conservation: M. Albrecht, R. Becknell, Q. Long (2016): Habitat change in insular grasslands: Woody encroachment alters the population dynamics of a rare ecotonal plant.