Two CC&E WABL Students Received Research Awards
April 18, 2018
Two students in the Wetland and Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab (WABL) have been recently recognized for their research. WABL is housed within the College of the Coast & Environment and led by John White, John and Catherine Day Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Science. Its research focuses on the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and contaminants in a range of aquatic systems, including freshwater and coastal wetlands, lakes, estuaries, and coastal inner shelf environments.
Ean Hill, WABL research assistant, was just awarded a Louisiana Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Award. This award allows undergraduates to launch their own hands-on research project in coastal-related disciplines.
Hill will collect soil samples from Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System sites and measure their organic carbon content in order to observe how wetland organic matter is converted into organic carbon.
WABL Graduate Student Alina Spera has been awarded a Student Research Grant from the Society of Wetland Scientists for her research in the Davis Pond wetland studying the impacts of the freshwater diversion on soil properties during the last decade. Spera’s research will inform managers of potential implications of large scale river diversion projects on wetland resilience and health.
The Society of Wetland Scientists is an organization of scientists from across the globe, dedicated to providing a forum for cultivating sound wetland science, education, and management.