From the height of 7-m above ground, Texas A&M doctoral graduate student (Class of 2017) advised by Dr. Georgianne Moore, Luiza Aparecido, installs sapflow sensors to measure transpiration in a large buttressed tree at her research site located in a premontane tropical rainforest at the TAMU Soltis Center in Costa Rica. The aim of this research was to understand and quantify the interaction between forest canopies and the atmosphere in wet forests. Transpiration of this single tree (and others from this site) comprises just one component of the global water budget, but her effort signifies a critical step toward improved global climate models in wet tropical forests. For more details of this research, see:
Aparecido et al. (2016) Comparison of tree transpiration under wet and dry canopy conditions in a Costa Rican premontane tropical forest. Hydrological Processes, 30 (26): 5000-5011
Weiqian Gao collecting seed predation experiment data in Rocky Mountains, captured by game camera.
Left: Shannon Skaalure in the field searching for endangered Spiranthes parksii and discovered an enormous Spiranthes cernua.
Right: Documenting growth and herbivory on the endangered Spiranthes parksii.
Marco Minor conducting coarse wood debris surveys in the SHSU Center for Biological Field Studies in Huntsville, TX.
Thomas Huff (PhD student in the Coastal Ecology and Management Lab) standing in front of a marsh restoration project in Magnolia Inlet Texas. The track hoe in the background is clearing a sediment plug in an inlet that connects a degraded salt marsh and Matagorda Bay.
Matt Furman (Master student in the Coastal Ecology and Management Lab) and Karla Salgado (Masters student from Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico) on a trip to test a living shoreline protection project near Magnolia Beach, Texas.
Aerial image of a research team from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management joined by a team from the Department of Ocean Engineering at a marsh erosion study site on the bay side of Galveston Island. This location is experiencing in excess of 2.5 meters of shoreline erosion each year.