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Austin Menzmer

Graduate Student
2606 Miller Plant Sciences
Research Interests:

I am studying the effects that wind disturbances, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, have on herbaceous plants in southwest Georgia. Plots will be set up in both hurricane-affected and control areas. Percent cover, composition, and diversity measurements will be used to determine how well different herbaceous species recover after weathering a hurricane. Many herbaceous plants are endangered or rare, and with more research on this topic scientists can help inform land managers how to better protect these valuable species. I am still designing my project, so am excited to see where it goes!


2019 Admission to the PhD Program in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia.

2019 M.S. Biology, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. M.S. thesis research: Seasonal Diet Variation of Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) in Southwestern Michigan.

2017 B.S. Biology, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee.

Other Affiliations:

Major Professor

Committee Members

Shu-Mei Chang

Professor, Plant Biology

Megan DeMarche

Haines Family Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology

External Committee

Dr. Seth Bigelow, scientist of Forest Ecology at The Jones Center at Ichauway

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