Nishanta “Nishi” Rajakaruna
Graduate Students (2017 Fall-)
Paul’s Project: Seed Longevity and Climate Tolerance of San Joaquin Woolly Threads (Monolopia congdonii)
Undergraduate Students (2017 Fall-)
Christopher Howington (Senior, Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences)
Project: Study of nickel hyperaccumulation as a mechanism for drought tolerance in Streptanthus polygaloides of the Western Sierra Nevada Range
Peter Walsh (Sophomore, Biology)
Project: Influence of heavy metals, water stress and other abiotic conditions on anthocyanin content in the sepals of Streptanthus polygoloides
Anthony Ferrero (Sophomore, Microbiology)
Project: Is metal hyperaccumulation in Streptanthus polygaloides influenced by mycorrhizae and other soil microbes?
Samuel Farrow (Junior, Biological Sciences)
Project: Local adaptation to substrate in common California shrubs; Local adaptation to soils in Lasthenia and Layia spp.
Gabriella Orta (Senior, Environmental Management and Protection)
Project: Post-fire seedling recruitment and regeneration on serpentine and metavolcanic soils at Poly Canyon
Michael Bridgeman (Freshman, Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences)
Project: The role of abiotic factors on the capsaicin content in Capsicum (chile pepper) spp.
Zach Raposo (Sophomore, Environmental Earth and Soil Science [Geology concentration])
Project: Biotic factors of ‘extreme’ regolith that can potentially be utilized for mineral exploration, phytoremediation, and terraforming concepts