Undergraduate Presentation Awards Coordinator: Sally Koerner (University of New Mexico)

ROLE:
Meghan Avolio and I are in charge of the undergraduate presentation competition for ESA 2010. This competition includes both poster and oral presentations. We will work closely with the competition chair to ensure the success of this contest. Our main duties will entail organizing the undergraduates who wish to participate, as well as convincing graduate students to volunteer as judges and organizing that judging schedule during the meeting. After the meeting, we will be responsible for tallying the votes and determining the winners of the competitions.

ABOUT ME & SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:
I am in my 4th year of grad school at the University of New Mexico. For my dissertation, I am investigating how climate change, loss of grazing, and altered disturbance regimes interact to affect plant community composition, structure, and dynamics in savanna grasslands. I use two study sites: Kruger National Park, South Africa and Konza Prairie LTER, Kansas. On the side, I am also looking into how plant community functional composition is affected by precipitation, and how resistance and resilience of prairie are affected by nutrient enrichment driven community shifts.

If you have any comments, concerns, or wish to volunteer as a judge for the ESA 2010 undergraduate presentation competition please feel free to contact me.

CONTACT INFO:
skoerne(at)unm.edu

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