Academic & Research Interest
My thesis research consists of three major parts. The first is a study of the effect of slash pile burning on soil, soil solution, runoff and snowmelt chemistry. The second portion is a complimentary study that examines the effects of burn temperature and duration on soil nutrients with differing moisture contents using a muffle furnace. The third is part of a larger, six-year study on repeated burning as a management tool to control the invasive weed Bromus Tectorum (common name: cheatgrass). My piece of this study is to do a greenhouse study which monitors the ability of cheatgrass to take up nitrogen from different soil pools using isotope analysis.