Congratulations to April Newlander (MS Spring 2013) for being selected as the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' representative for the campus-wide Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award. Naturally we are very proud of April's work and her many accomplishments as a graduate student, but this is truly a great honor. Here is an excerpt from the Chair's nomination letter:
"April Newlander’s MS thesis, “Wash Flow Disturbance and Summer Wash Flow in the Mojave Desert: Influence on Dispersion, Production, and Physiological Functioning of Dominant Shrubs,”was selected for this year’s nomination from among three very strong theses nominated by faculty in the Department of Biological Science. Her thesis stood out because it is a complex, integrated, and interdisciplinary study of ecological and physiological responses by plants to a key environmental variable, water availability, and it involved multiple temporal and spatial scales, as well as a mechanistic component that will allow a more scientific approach to management of a sensitive desert ecosystem in the face of urbanization and climate change. April’s comprehensive and high-quality scientific research is timely because the results will inform managers of the Mojave National Preserve as they plan for the “invasion” of solar panel and wind farms for renewable energy, the increasing encroachment of humans into the desert, and water use issues facing the entire state of California."
Good luck April!