ESSM Awards & Merits 2011 Two Ecosystem Science and Management Students Win First Place Awards Deseri Nally Deseri Nally is a Senior Majoring in Ecological Restoration in the Ecosystem Science Management Department. Last year she became involved in the Undergraduate Research Program, under the advisory of Dr. Georgianne Moore. Deseri's research thesis titled "Response of Wetland Soils to Flow Alterations in the Sabine River below Toledo Bend Dam," was done in conjunction with the Texas Instream Flows Program. Trekking through swamps and bottomland forest, Deseri collected and tested over 270 soil samples to determine if hydric soil conditions were changing below the Toledo Bend Dam. Last month, Deseri presented her findings during Student Research week. Her hard work paid off when her poster presentation was awarded 2nd place for subject matter and tied for 1st as the session winner. She also received the Environmental Health award. The Ecosystem Science Management Department offers many opportunities like these to become involved in research projects. Etc. Bennie Clay Thompson Clay won first place for the session and first place for overall subject area in the Ecology, Conservation, & Environmental Studies Oral competition. His presentation looked at the observed relationship in his research of: soil respiration, soil temperature, soil moisture, and response to shade of little blue stem grass and eastern red cedar during the months of July and August of 2010 to control and climate change scenarios. Congratulations to both students. The primary mission of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is to 'solve real world problems with research-based solutions'.