LOTS to report in the Lab!
First and foremost, three outstanding graduate students earned their diplomas in May 2018. Dr. Britt Smith completed his doctoral degree working on rangeland insects and fire. He is currently exploring employment options. Jonathan Knudsen earned an M.S. working on ant community ecology, and Neil Estes earned an M.S. working on thistle distributions, both at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico. I am extremely proud of the three of them, and the hard work that these degrees represent.
Lab undergraduate, Christopher Mitchell, also completed his B.S. in chemical engineering and natural resources management. He is heading to Villanova to start an M.S. examining biomechanics of adhesion in ants and geckos. Chris has been an advisee of mine since 2013, and I couldn't be happier to see him starting toward a career in academia.
Austin Kiel, one of the student instructors for the prescribed burning class, is headed to Montana to work on a wildland fire engine!
This spring, I taught my prescribed burning course, and this intersession, I taught my Forest and Rangeland Insect Diversity course. Both groups of student were bright and enthusiastic, and they were a joy to instruct!