Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spring 2017

We're into the Spring 2017 semester here at the Fire Lab.

This semester I am teaching NRM 3323/5323, Prescribed Burning.  This class is always a particular favorite of mine-- Students work through their NWCG Type II Wildland Firefighter certifications and learn how to write burn plans.  And of course, weather permitting, we get to help light some fires!

Here's a quick recap of what we've been up to:

Students assisted Dr. Dale Rollins and Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch on a couple prescribed burns.  This is always a great learning opportunity for students and a chance to burn some beautiful country.
Fire at RPQRR.  Photo credit:  Jonathan Knudsen

Britt Smith and Neil Estes presented their work at the Society for Range Management meeting in Saint George, Utah.  Britt's presentation on dung beetles and rangeland earned him second place in the Ph.D. student paper competition

Students took a break from the meeting to hike at beautiful Zion National Park.  Photo credit:  Britt Smith 
I have been working with Dr. Sarah Fritts, Dr. Tigga Kingston, the TTU CISER program, and project lead, Dr. Michael Farmer on an NSF-IRES grant.  We'll be taking some talented undergraduates to Borneo to work on tropical agroforestry and ecology this summer.  More soon on this!

We are pleased to welcome Wright Gatewood and Derek Malone to the lab as undergraduate researchers.  Look for their bios on the "People" page soon.

We'll update as the semester progresses!