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Reed Norton to Defend MS Thesis on Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Climate Change July 27

Reed sampling gas from bioswale mesocosms
A side view of three of Reed’s mesocosms showing sampling ports and water reservoir for executing experimental storms

Please join us for the public presentation portion of Reed Norton’s MS Thesis Defense!  Reed’s thesis is titled “Effects of storm size and frequency on nitrogen retention, denitrification, and greenhouse gas production in bioretention mesocosms.”


Time: 10:00 AM

Location: VECS 125

The talk will also be broadcast via AMS to Webster 1234 in Pullman

Three new graduate students to join lab over next several months

Please join me in welcoming Sofia D’Ambrosio, Corey Ruder, and Sarah Kintner to our research group!  Sofia, Corey, and Sarah will be coming to WSU from U. Maryland, St. Olaf, and U. Wisconsin Eau Claire, respectively. Both Sofia and Corey are recent NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients; congratulations to both on this auspicious start to graduate school!  Sofia and Corey will be working on different aspects of reservoir biogeochemistry.  Sarah will be co-advised by me and Kevan Moffett, and her thesis will focus on the hydrology and biogeochemistry of urban stormwater bioretention systems.

Congratulations Dr. Deemer!

Bridget and Francesca post defense

Bridget Deemer successfully defended her thesis, and plans to walk in this May’s Commencement ceremony. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day so successful and memorable, and thanks to Francesca for the amazing Lacamas cake, complete with internal waves!!  A recorded version of the defense talk can be accessed here, by clicking on the defense date (April 19, 2016).  You will need Windows Media Viewer to view the presentation.


Cross section of Lacamas cake showing internal wave structure

Spill has started on the Columbia River

This video was taken from a bridge crossing the Columbia River just downstream of the Dalles Dam.  Every spring and summer water is spilled over Columbia River dams to facilitate downstream passage of juvenile salmon.  This year, together with the Aquatic Ecology lab, our group is studying the impact of this spill on river chemistry and ecology, including greenhouse gas production.  Other collaborators on the same project will be examining how river management affects how people value land perceive the river and its ecosystem services.

Bridget Deemer’s Ph.D. Defense Scheduled for April 19th!

GCWBRD_MicrobeB Ph.D. candidate Bridget Deemer will present her thesis defense talk at noon on April 19 in VECS 120 andBridget_02 VECS 125 on the WSU Vancouver campus.

Her defense talk is titled: Eutrophication affects reservoir biogeochemistry: From Lacamas Lake to the global scale

The talk will be available over AMS at other WSU campuses.

Animations to accompany drought stress paper in Global Change Biology

Animations capturing how drought stress will likely change relative to existing forest drought tolerance over the coming century (Thanks to Jean Lienard for this!).  More details can be found in our forthcoming Global Change Biology paper.