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Last updated August 30, 2005
  Zhijun Lu graduated from the Cinese Academy of Sciences, where he studied biodiversity in relation to roads and edges. He focussed his postdoctoral research on clonal integration and use of charcoal and phytoliths to examine bamboo-fire relations. RETURNED TO CHINA 2007 and now working as research faculty in the Mingxi Jiang lab, Wuhan Botanic Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  Sabine Gruelich from France examined hydroperiods along the Mississippi River, how river enginerring affected hydroperiods over time, and vegetation-hydroperiod relationships. She is now at the University of Tours, France, working on the Loire River.
Wei Wang graduated from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he studied oak regeneration in the mountains of China. He is developing research projects involving disturbance and recovery of bamboo forests in China. GRADUATED 2006; Now a Senior Statistician for the Strategic & Analytic Consulting Group at Epsilon.
  Margaret Citain is a graduate of our own department, both BS and MS. She worked at St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital for several years , retired, and has started a new career. Her interest is in developing protocols for tissue culture of the native bamboo, Giant Cane, and re-establishing 'canebreaks.' GRADUATED 2009; Works as a Lab Coordinator for the Univeristy of South Carolina
James Moore started in the Fall 2006, joining us from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he studied exotics. He is interested in disturbance ecology, specifically effects of magnitude and frequency on community composition and dynamics. Graduated 2011; Now a faculty member at Christian Brothers University.
  Michael Schiebout joined the lab in December 2009 and is researching the efficacy of mine reclamation to shortgrass steppe. He is comparing communities of a reclaimed site to those of an intact site and examining mechanisms (functional similarity) of competition among natives and invasives. Michael graduated in the Spring 2013 and now teaches at Union University in Jackson, TN.
  Mario Bretfeld joined the lab in the fall of 2010 and is working on various ecological aspects of aspen; specifically, he is interested in the clonal integration of aspen ramets. Mario graduated in the summer of 2014 and is a Post Doc at the University of Wyoming and Smithsonian in Panama.
  Randi Hogden joined the lab in the fall of 2012. She is studying plant communities near well pads in the Pawnee National Grasslands.  
    Jamie Brusa joined the lab in the fall of 2014 and is studying the effects of uranium mining on adjacent vegetation.
  Amber Brandt joined the lab in the fall of 2012. She is developing a vegetation community classification of the Pawnee National Grasslands and specifically examining exotic species invasion.
  Daniel Beverly started in the fall 2011. He is examining post beetle infestation and forestry stewardship effects on soil carbon flux. Graduated Fall 2013; working on a doctorate at the University of Wyoming.
Nathan Kirkley started in the fall of 2009. He is examining the effects of thinning, mastication, and fire effects on the spatial structure of the herbaceous flora at Heil Valley Ranch, Boulder County, CO. Graduated 2011; now a high school teacher in Denver.
  Courtney Rayle started in the fal of 2009. She is extracting charcoal and phytoliths from soils collected in the Qinling Mountains, China, and relating the dominance of bamboo to fire occurrence; a test of the fire cycle hypothesis. Graduated 2011; and later graduated with an MS in Chemistry Education at UNC.
  Sheri Hudson is a recent graduate from our own department and, following an honors thesis, decided to continue research in plant ecology. Sheri is examining clonal integration. Now at Dyersburg State Community College, TN.
  Josh Koontz started in the Spring 2006 and is interested in fire ecology. His project examines the influence of fire on riparian communities at Land Between The Lakes. GRADUATED 2008; now a technician at A&L Agricultural Laboratories, Memphis TN