In my ecosystem science research, I was able to work in Wyoming, Hawaii, and do my own project in Utah. I love the mix of field-studies working outside and lab experiments inside. For my thesis, I studied the effects of fire mitigation efforts on soils and plant communities. The EBIO department and Dr. Nichole Barger provided all of the training I needed to conduct the experiment alone and I enjoyed this freedom. EBIO provides many different research opportunities and I fully recommend taking advantage of them.
Mr. Matthew Ross defended his Honors thesis entitled “Recent fuels reduction treatment effects on herbaceous communities and soils in a Piñon-Juniper Ecosystem” in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO). The defense committee consisted of Prof. Nichole Barger (Major advisor; EBIO), Prof. Tom Seastedt (EBIO), Prof. Jason Neff (Geology) and Prof. Barbara Demmig-Adams (EBIO and Honors council member). Mr. Ross will graduate in the Spring of 2010 with Summa cum Laude.