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I am the student liaison between the Student Section and the Vegetative Ecology Section. I would like to increase student interest in the Vegetation Ecology Section and encourage you to explore this section for possible membership. If you have questions about the Vegetation Ecology Section, feel free to send me an e-mail.
ABOUT ME & SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:
I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Northern Colorado, where I am a member of the School of Biological Sciences working in Dr. Scott Franklin’s lab. For my master’s thesis, also at University of Northern Colorado, I conducted a floristic survey over a region of northeastern New Mexico. I graduated with a B.A. in science education from Dordt College and spent eight years teaching high school both national and internationally prior to embarking on my graduate education.
My research interests are multifaceted, but generally fall under the category of disturbance/restoration ecology. I am currently looking at a gravel mine reclamation site to assess the current status of reclamation as well as asking questions concerning competition of noxious weeds with native functional equivalent plants. I am also interested in how to effectively communicate ecological concepts with students and am conducting a study to determine how student understanding of ecology changes through experiential learning. In addition, with collaboration, I have started the work of classifying the vegetation types located on the Pawnee Grasslands of the shortgrass steppe in northeastern Colorado.