Nishanta "Nishi" Rajakaruna

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Nishanta “Nishi” Rajakaruna

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Graduate Students (2017 Fall-)

Paul Excoffier (Fall 2017-Current)

Paul’s CV

Paul’s ProjectSeed Longevity and Climate Tolerance of San Joaquin Woolly Threads (Monolopia congdonii)

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Undergraduate Research Students (2017 Fall-)

Christopher Howington (Senior, Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences) – Fall 2017-Summer 2018

Project: Study of nickel hyperaccumulation as a mechanism for drought tolerance in Streptanthus polygaloides of the Western Sierra Nevada Range

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Peter Walsh (Sophomore, Biology) – Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Project: Influence of heavy metals, water stress and other abiotic conditions on anthocyanin content in the sepals of Streptanthus polygoloides

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Anthony Ferrero (Sophomore, Microbiology) – Fall 2017-Current

Project: Is metal hyperaccumulation in Streptanthus polygaloides influenced by mycorrhizae and other soil microbes?

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Samuel Farrow  (Junior, Biological Sciences) – Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Project: Local adaptation to substrate in common California shrubs; Local adaptation to soils in Lasthenia and Layia spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriella Orta (Senior, Environmental Management and Protection) – Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Project: Post-fire seedling recruitment and regeneration on serpentine and metavolcanic soils at Poly Canyon

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Michael Bridgeman (Freshman, Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences) – Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Project: The role of abiotic factors on the capsaicin content in Capsicum (chile pepper) spp.

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Zach Raposo (Sophomore, Environmental Earth and Soil Science [Geology concentration]) – Fall 2017-Current

Project: Biotic factors of ‘extreme’ regolith that can potentially be utilized for mineral exploration, phytoremediation, and terraforming concepts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Devlin (Senior, Environmental Earth Sciences) – Winter 2017-Summer 2018

Projects: Nonative and native species population and range response to nitrogen increases in serpentine soils. Germination, early growth, and restoration potential of Bog Thistle (Cirsium fontinale var. obispoense) in serpentine soils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sean Whitlock (Junior, Environmental Management and Protection [Concentration – Watershed Management and Hydrology]) – Winter 2018-Spring 2018

Project: Post-fire seedling recruitment and regeneration on serpentine and metavolcanic soils at Poly Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Research Assistants (Spring 2018)

Row 1 – Morgan Morris (left), Jackie Duerksen (middle), Cora Bishop (right)

Row 2 – Charlotte Miranda (left), Freddie Mayer (middle), Grace Goldrich-Middaugh (left)

 

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Former Students: Where are they now?