Kristen Emmett, a PhD student in the Ecology Department at MSU, has received an award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship will be used to help support the remainder of Emmet's PhD research and program.
As a PhD student in Dr. Ben Poulter's Ecosystems Dynamics Lab at MSU, Emmett seeks to expand our collective understanding of the impact on vegetation and fire dynamics in a changing climate within GYE. Her research utilizes complex computer models to simulate vegetation growth. As she says, "To put it simply, I build virtual forests and subject them to different climate conditions. I’m looking to see how much and what type of plants grow and where. I’m also looking at the frequency, severity (how many trees burn), and size of fires. This information could help land managers and property owners prepare for the future."
Kristen is also a recipient of an IoE Graduate Enhancement Award and will be using this funding to attend a Fire training at the USFS Fire Lab in Missoula, MT.
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Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
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