We were excited to learn that recent SEFS alumna Melissa Pingree, who defended her dissertation earlier this year and will walk in our graduation ceremony on June 9, has already begun a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Idaho with Dr. Leda Kobziar, a fire ecologist in the Department of Natural Resources and Society! Melissa will be working on projects relating fire disturbances to soil heating and repercussions for soil ecological processes.
Also, you may recall that for 10 weeks last summer Melissa studied in Japan’s Teshio Experimental Forest. She applied for the opportunity through the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program, in conjunction with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The work she accomplished there is currently being prepared for a peer-reviewed journal, and she looks forward to continuing her research endeavors with Dr. Makoto Kobayashi to form a better understanding of soil nutrient limitations that pose challenges around the world.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of her experience in Japan—and also her travels in the country afterwards—Melissa shared a great 15-minute video she put together from her photos!