Yasmine's Research Featured by UW

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.”

Publication gains media attention

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:

  1. In rainy years, recharge from the watershed rapidly altered wetland soil temperatures, affecting sedge abundance and methane emissions

  2. When wetland soils were warmed by spring rainfall, growing‐season methane emissions increased by ~30%

  3. By advecting thermal energy into soil, precipitation regulates the near‐term global warming potential of thawing permafrost landscapes

Becca Receives Falkenberg Award

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 wins another award!

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.