Through the KU Field Station Small Grants Program, eight graduate students have received funding to support research conducted at the Field Station this summer. Recipients come from three academic departments at KU and one out-of-state university. Projects will use a variety of resources available at the Field Station including the Fraxinus common garden, the long-term community assembly plots, and constructed ponds. Each grant recipient will present a summary of his or her work at a seminar held during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Students awarded grants, their academic advisors and research subjects are listed below. All recipients are KU students unless specified otherwise.
Alexander Bittel (advisor Bryan Foster): Temporal patterns of community assembly.
Jacob Carter (advisor Joy Ward): Fraxinus americana adaptation to climate change.
Hsiaochi Chang (advisor Allison Snow), Ohio State University: Effects of switchgrass cultivars on wild populations.
Kim Drager (advisor Dan Hirmas: Environmental influences on ant nest architecture and modification of surrounding soils.
Bob Everhart (advisor Don Huggins: Development of real-time polymerase chain reaction techniques (qPCR) for environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring of the Topeka Shiner (Notropis topeka).
David Hall (advisor Brian Foster): Plant-mycorrhizal interactions in synthetic and natural communities and the implications for community assembly, succession, and restoration.
Brian O'Neill (advisor Jim Thorp): Food web drivers in playa ecosystems: Disentangling the influences of diversity, biogeography, disturbance, and habitat complexity.
Jin-Ho Yun (advisor Val Smith): Continuous production of filamentous algae for the production of algal biofuel feedstocks.
The Field Station Small Grants Program is administered by the Kansas Biological Survey.