Finally! After several months of extensive (but incredibly helpful) revisions with the Journal of Applied Soil Ecology, my first peer reviewed paper has been published. I am the first author on the paper, having worked with my colleagues at University of Arizona during my Masters degree program on this project. I am so proud of this accomplishment. I really enjoyed the challenging process of interpreting my data, and drafting a clear narrative to explain its importance. As one hypothesis is discounted, yet another is born. Here's to many more!
After two weeks of visiting sacred forests, meeting with land managers and community members, and visiting local forestry labs, I'm excited to have laid the groundwork for what will be a very interesting PhD research program.
It was an honor to spend the last two weeks at University of Utah for an intensive course in stable isotopes. Stable isotope techniques are crucial to understanding biogeochemistry and functional ecology. Two projects and several lectures later, I am now part of an amazing network of scientists and am so much more knowledgeable about how stable isotopes can inform research about the natural world.