- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Ecology, Microbial ecology, Geochemistry, Plant-microbe interactions
Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.
Influence of Road Salting on Plants
Road salting is a common phenomenon to improve the safety of roads. However, salt is well-known to inhibit the growth of plants at high enough concentrations. With a relatively simple experiment, we can answer the question: does rain or snow that runs off of the road contain high enough salt to harm local plants?
Simple Biogeochemical Cycle
The carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycles are heavily influenced by human influences on the environment. We can design a simple box model to test the what influence factors such as fertilizer production, or sustainable agricultural practices have on these biogeochemical cycle