Undergraduate Research in the Brokaw Lab

Environmental Science




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
 - phylogeny reconstruction
 - biogeographic hypothesis testing
 - environmental niche modeling