Monday, April 29, 2013

High School Student Joins Lab

Sarah Huey, from Christ the King High School in Lubbock, is joining the Verble Lab to conduct her science fair research.  For the past five years, Sarah has been doing research on the effects of fire on soil nutrient content.  She plans to continue and expand this work for her senior science fair project.  Loyal readers of this blog may remember that Sarah was featured in a post about the regional science fair earlier this year.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference

Three students from the Verble lab presented their work at the Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference this week.

Vidhur Sohini and Cody Fell presented a poster on the effects of limb length on heat tolerance in harvester ants.

Victoria Young presented a poster on her work on thermal tolerance of common North American ant species.  This work is being conducted in conjunction with researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Louisville.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New brush truck

The Texas Tech Fire Ecology program recently acquired this beautiful new Type 6 wildland fire truck. We look forward to using it on prescribed burns and suppression events across the state as our program continues to grow.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dimmit RX Burn

In conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Dimmit VFD, we burned 208 acres of grass in the Panhandle last week.  Three Texas Tech students participated, including Student Association for Fire Ecology president and vice president, Jeff Hill and Paige McCain, respectively, and Anna Meyer, an MS student in the Verble Lab.

The weather was beautiful, and the fire behavior was spectacular.  Below are a few photos from the day.

Smoke plume rising from the head fire

Students post-fire

TPWD Wildlife Biologist igniting his first RX fire