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Zane Ashford - May 2018

Hello there, my name is Zane Ashford. I am an undergraduate at Montana State University studying environmental science/geospatial analysis with a minor in English writing. This summer I am interning for the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, while working alongside Cathy Zabinski in the MSU Land Resources Environmental Sciences department. I am going to be researching plant soil feedbacks in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, ultimately to assess whether belowground plant traits can predict soil quality and properties.

MSU Undergraduate Intern Analyzes Stable Water Isotopes To Better Understand Water Flow Path Dynamics

Hi there.

This is Sam Leuthold, and this summer I worked on a project using stable water isotopes to think about water flow path dynamics in the Gallatin Valley. The isotopes we were interested in measuring this summer were 18O and 2H, also known as deuterium (D). We had study sites all over the Gallatin Valley, and in Hyalite Canyon (fig. 1), and ended up with a pretty sizeable sample set to analyze at the end of the summer!

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