Undergraduate Research in the Brokaw Lab

Environmental Science

Bioremediation  



                                          

                    

at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve


Research Goals:

-To determine relationships between
    - plant community composition
    - petroleum contamination
    - soil nutrient availability

Student Research Opportunities:
 - on-site vegetation assessment
 - plant species identification
 - analytical chemistry
 - multivariate statistical analyses






Evolutionary Biology

Systematics of Mentzelia


Mentzelia mollis


Research Goals:
-To form hypotheses of evolutionary history
-To understand processes of adaptation, migration, and speciation associated with climate change


Student Research Opportunities:
 - field collections throughout western North America
 - DNA
sequencing
 - phylogeny reconstruction
 - biogeographic hypothesis testing
 - environmental niche modeling