During July and August, the MMPRNT crew traveled to all five Marginal Land Experiment field sites in Michigan and Wisconsin. Thank you to all the graduate students, undergraduate students and technicians who helped us complete another successful year of all sites sampling! Highlights of the trips included a visit to the mythical Rhinelander Hodag and a surprise appearance from a fawn hiding in one of our plots! Check out some photos of the trips below.
The MMPRNT field season is in full swing and we have welcomed some new team members for summer 2018 and beyond. Holly Vander Stel joined us as our new project coordinator. She will help to coordinate field operations, data management and inter-lab communication for the MMPRNT project. Zahraa Al-Tameemi will be working in the lab and field as part of the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship program. Charity Mackie joined the Tiemann Lab as a research technician.
Here are some photos from our recent sampling trips.
The Evans Lab has also welcomed several undergraduate students for the summer – Sara (REU), Stephen (URA), Harry (REU & RA), Kisanet (URA), Audrey (REU), Shanna (URA) and Esbeiry (REU). Welcome aboard, everyone!
We held our spring group wide meeting at MSU’s Agronomy Farm in late March and everyone got to hear about progress on individual aspects of the project. We have a lot of exciting work and preliminary findings that we look forward to sharing soon. Check out a picture of our crew below.
Darian Smercina, graduate student in Lisa Tiemann’s lab, learned last week that she was the recipient of a DOE fellowship to spend 6 months at Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab (EMSL) which is part of Pacific Northwest National Lab. She will be exploring novel methods to understand C and N cycling in sterile switchgrass systems. Congrats Darian!
The final MMPRNT video put together by Evan Kutz and Bethany Bolen is now published. Big thanks for Evan and Bethany for your work on this series!!!