Molly Haddox, who is working in Andrew Doust's lab, has been awarded the Outstanding Senior in Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution for the Spring 2018 semester.
Luke Wilson, in Henry Adams' lab, received a 2018 Wentz Research Grant for his project titled "Oklahoma Tree Response to Variable Water Stress and Vapor Pressure Deficit". This grant is given to undergraduates to conduct independent research with the guidance of a faculty mentor in any field of study.
Jenny Swinton, in Ming Yang's lab, has been awarded the American Society of Plant Biologists 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The ASPB fund helps undergraduates conduct meaningful research in plant biology during the early years of their college careers.
Spring 2018 William Hammond is being awarded a GRFP for his project titled "Point of no return: experimental determination of lethal hydraulic thresholds during drought-induced water stress for global forests".
"The strength of the terrestrial carbon sink—dominated by forests—remains one of the greatest uncertainties in climate change modeling. How forests will respond to increased variability in temperature and precipitation is poorly understood, thus experimental study to better inform global vegetation models in this area is vital. Necessary for achieving this goal is an understanding of how drought will affect the persistence or die-off of global forests. My work as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow aims to describe lethal thresholds of water stress during global-change-type drought. Preliminary work conducted during my first year at OSU has included observations that such lethal thresholds are likely different than theory, modelling, and inferential studies have indicated. Continuing experimental determination of these lethal thresholds with species of varied drought resistance, my aim is to provide model-ready inputs for global vegetation modelers, thereby reducing uncertainty in climate change models through increased predictive power regarding the fate of Earth’s forests."
In February 2018 William received a 3rd place Student Research Award from The Oklahoma Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
In 2017 he was awarded a Graduate College Summer Research Fellowship. This fellowship supports outstanding, full-time, mid-program OSU doctoral students! William is using this fellowship for his continued work on his field validation of a model he built last semester to predict suitability for codominant oaks in the Cross Timbers.
He was awarded the McPherson travel grant from the Plant Biology Department and a travel grant from the South Central Climate Science Center which was awarded to support his oral presentation at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting December 2017.
In November 2017 he won 2nd place in the 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition and was awarded a travel stipend and prize money!
"In the fall of 2016, I built an ecological niche model for codominant oaks of the Cross Timbers utilizing presence records from the 1959 "Upland Forests of Oklahoma" survey by Rice and Penfound. Projected to the present day, my model makes predictions about suitability for post oak (Quercus stellata) and blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) based on climatic, topographic, and edaphic factors. During the 1959 survey by Rice and Penfound, these two species accounted for nearly three-quarters of the basal area of all trees in Oklahoma! This fellowship will support my field testing of model predictions including a mortality survey across the spatial extent of the Cross Timbers in Oklahoma. If model predictions hold, I will project the model to future climate scenarios to better understand future changes in distribution in our state for these important species."
For more information on what William is up to, visit his website here
or check out his Twitter
Angela McDonnell won the George R. Cooley Award, given jointly by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and Botanical Society of America, for the best paper in systematics given at the annual Botany meeting. Graduate students and those within five years of receiving their PhD are eligible. This is a VERY competitive award and Angela did an amazing job of combining great science with a great presentation. Thanks for doing us proud, Angela! Her presentation was recorded and may be available in the near future, so you can see for yourself here
. She also got some recognition on OSU's website here
Recently Angela was featured on a popular podcast, “In Defense of Plants”. In can be found here
(episode 145) She discusses her OSU dissertation research.
Hao Hu won second place in the BMBGSA Symposium on September 14-15, 2017 for his poster on the Characterization of a Setaria viridis mutant with late flowering under short-day conditions. You can download a copy of his poster here