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Austin Menzmer

Graduate Student, PBIO Majors Liaison
Lab:
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!

Education:

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 and Graduate Coordinator

Megan Peterson

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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