Research conducted by Yasmine, a graduate student in the group, was featured in The Bridge (the UW CEE newsletter) with an article titled “Safeguarding a staple food.” It focuses on her work to understand how rice — Cambodia’s most important crop — will be impacted by the introduction of hydropower dams along the Mekong River. Her work is part of a larger collaborative project that is beautifully described (in both words and photos) by an immersive piece developed by UW News titled, “Fueled by Floods.”
Nick Waldo, a graduate student in the group, successfully defended his PhD! He is now Dr. Waldo. At the end of June, he will be starting a new position in as a consultant at Pacific Groundwater Group.
A paper lead by Becca, group PI, has gained the attention of multiple media outlets. See Press page for details of media coverage. The paper is titled “Warming Effects of Spring Rainfall Increase Methane Emissions From Thawing Permafrost” and was published in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper, a product of the Permafrost Methane project, was a group effort and relied upon field data collected and analyzed by former group members Colby Moorberg and Jesse Turner. The key findings were:
In rainy years, recharge from the watershed rapidly altered wetland soil temperatures, affecting sedge abundance and methane emissions
When wetland soils were warmed by spring rainfall, growing‐season methane emissions increased by ~30%
By advecting thermal energy into soil, precipitation regulates the near‐term global warming potential of thawing permafrost landscapes
Becca (group PI) was the 2018 recipient of the Charles S. Falkenberg award, which is jointly supported by the American Geophysical Union and Earth Science Information Partners. The award recognizes “an early- to middle-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.”
Sarah, an undergraduate in the group, won a Population Health Recognition Award for her presentation at the UW's Undergraduate Research Symposium titled “Rhizosphere Changes Help Explain the Reduced Nutritional Quality of Rice under Elevated Carbon Dioxide: Evidence from a Controlled Greenhouse Study.” The award is part of the university’s Population Health Initiative and includes a $100 gift certificate.
Sarah, an undergraduate researcher in the Hydro-biogeochemistry group, won the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's Summer Undergraduate Research Program Award. The award will support her over the summer to conduct research on mercury dynamics in the soil surrounding rice roots.
Yasmine, a graduate student in the Hydro-Biogeochemistry group, won the 2018 Asia Rice Foundation Travel and Study Award. The award will allow her to spend additional time in Cambodia conducting fieldwork to determine how the quantity and quality of rice grown around the Tonle Sap Lake are connected and influenced by upstream hydropower development.
A publication written by Becca, group PI, titled "Soil Warming Increases Arsenic Availability in the Rice Rhizosphere" was highlighted in a news story written by the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Societies. The story was picked up by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and included in their October 2017 Alert (Alert 148).
Maddie Hubbard, undergraduate student in the group, has been accepted into graduate school at Portland State University. She will be studying with Gwynn Johnson whose research group focuses on groundwater hydrology, subsurface contaminant transport and fate, and environmental chemistry.
At CEE graduation, Becca Neumann, group PI, was awarded the UW CEE 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award! The award is voted upon by CEE students in recognition of and appreciation for outstanding mentoring.