The SEEDS program (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) of ESA annually gives travel awards to undergraduates to attend the ESA annual meeting. This year, two 2017 KBS summer students, Torel Beard (Michigan State University) and Daimer Vega (University of Puerto Rico), were selected after submitting the research they conducted at KBS.
To be chosen, students must submit abstracts to present at the annual meeting, as well as have an interest in exploring a career in ecology, show promise as a science educator or future mentor, and demonstrate commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented students.
Beard spent summer 2017 as a URA (Undergraduate Research Apprentice) in the Gross Lab. Beard’s study, “Do trait differences among Panicum cultivars predict productivity in monocultures and mixtures?,” will be presented on Tuesday, August 7 in the ESA Exhibit Hall / Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Vega also spent summer 2017 at KBS as an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) working with mentor Kate Glanville in the LTER/Robertson Lab. Vega’s study, “Impact of changing rainfall patterns on denitrification nitrous oxide reductase lag,” will be presented on Thursday, August 9 in the ESA Exhibit Hall / Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Vega is also back at KBS this summer continuing his research.
For those attending ESA, please stop by their poster presentation on August 7th and 9th, and welcome Torel and Daimer to ESA as fellow KBS alumni at the reception Wednesday evening at Gordon Biersch.
Other KBSers presenting at ESA include:
- Consequences of extreme rainfall patterns on nitrous oxide fluxes in Midwest cropping systems
- Impact of changing rainfall patterns on denitrification nitrous oxide reductase lag
- Do trait differences among Panicum cultivars predict productivity in monocultures and mixtures?
- The ESA’s Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework (4DEE): Opportunities and Challenges. A panel of ESA Presidents
- The strength of biological control from ground-level arthropod predators across an urbanization gradient in southeastern Pennsylvania
- Keystone predation meets resource ratio theory: Community assembly and coexistence in a freshwater food web module