University of Kansas Field Station

Eight students receive awards from the KU Field Station small grants program to support research at the field station

Published on May 17, 2012 by Jennifer Delisle

Tags: Funding, Graduate Student Opportunity, Research

Through the KU Field Station Small Grants Program, eight graduate students have received funding to support research conducted at the field station this summer. Recipients come from three academic departments at KU and one department at a non-Kansas university. Projects will use a variety of resources available at the field station including the Fraxinus common garden, long-term community assembly plots, and constructed ponds. Each grant recipient will present a summary of their work at a seminar held during the 2012/2013 academic year.

Students awarded grants, their academic advisor, and research subject are listed below. All recipients are KU students unless specified otherwise.

Alexander Bittel (Bryan Foster) - Temporal patterns of community assembly

Jacob Carter (Joy Ward) - Fraxinus americana adaptation to climate change

Hsiaochi Chang (Allison Snow - Ohio State University) - Effects of switchgrass cultivars on wild populations

Kim Drager (Dan Hirmas) - Environmental influences on ant nest architecture and modification of surrounding soils

Bob Everhart (Don Huggins) - Development of real-time polymerase chain reaction techniques (qPCR)
for environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring of the Topeka Shiner (Notropis topeka)

David Hall (Brian Foster) - Plant-mycorrhizal interactions in synthetic and natural communities and the
implications for community assembly, succession, and restoration

Brian O'Neill (Jim Thorp) - Food web drivers in playa ecosystems: Disentangling the influences of diversity, biogeography, disturbance, and habitat complexity

Jin-Ho Yun (Val Smith) - Continuous production of filamentous algae for the production of algal biofuel
feedstocks