Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall 2016

I haven't updated the lab blog since February.  Geez.

So what have we been up to since then?

We have added a new lab member-- Heather Williams joined the lab as an M.S. student.  Heather was previously working in Dr. Tim Grabowski's fisheries laboratory; however, after he relocated to Hawaii (aloha, Tim!), we took her in.  Heather's project examines the effects of disturbance on Guadalupe bass ecology in central Texas.  She's doing some really neat work with prey items (bugs!), too, so we are excited to adopt her.

Britt has been wrapping up data collection for his dissertation.  He also recently successfully completed his oral and written comprehensive exams, and is now a Ph.D. candidate.  Go Britt!

Jonathan and Neil have been working on getting their projects going at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  Both are asking interesting questions about the ecology of insects and fire at the site, and I am excited to see their data.

Last spring, I taught NRM 3323-- Prescribed Burning and my students had lots of opportunities to burn with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  I am also so extremely grateful for these collaborations, as they provide safe real-world environments in which students can learn and refine skills.

We also sent a crew to burn with Florida State Parks crews in May 2016.  I can't thank Mike Melnechuk and his team enough for the opportunity.  The students LOVED the chance to burn in new ecosystems, see new fire behavior, and spend some time seeing the diversity of Florida habitats.

(C) Verble Fire Ecology Lab 2016.

This fall, I am teaching NRM 4304-- Fire Ecology and Management and NRM 1300-- Environmental Science as a Social Pursuit.  NRM 1300 recruits students outside our department and serves our freshman students.  I am loving the opportunity to get to know our incoming student population and get them introduced to the social issues that surround environmental management.

We're looking forward to a productive and fun semester!

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