New Project Coordinator, Field Sampling, and Undergraduate Researchers!

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.

Zahraa and Corinn return from taking soil samples at the Lux Arbor site.
The MMPRNT team stops for ice cream after a long day of field sampling.
Holly and Cody sample soil and record photosynthesis data at the Lake City site.

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!

Group Meeting, Grad Student Receives DOE Fellowship, and New Video

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.

MMPRNT Spring 2018 Group Meeting

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!!!