Graduated: Fall 2011.
My current research includes quantifying the photosynthetic impacts on smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, for the salt water marshes on the Mississippi Coast affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and distinguishing the various marsh communities from open water and tree-covered upland community types through the use of remotely sensed data and spatial modeling. My thesis will look at the freshwater marsh loss while working concurrently on this ongoing salt marsh study. My research also includes assisting on a study involving the night time water use of Southern pine trees in coastal Mississippi forests to provide a baseline of sap flow data to help enhance our understanding of the changes of water uptake during forest recovery and facilitate in the prediction of the changes in evapotranspiration. I have also assisted on a parallel sap flow study in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico in the summer of 2010.