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Laungani Lab

Laungani Lab

My research students work on a variety of topics which allows not only for the student to center their research around their passions and questions that intrigue them, but I can learn along with them. This allows the student to teach me about their topic, and I believe helps the student to see themselves as not only as researchers, but as my colleagues.
Much of the work in my lab focuses on questions in plant ecology related to critical topics including climate change and invasive species.
I currently have 3 undergraduate research students in my lab working on question related to biochar, climate change, and its impacts on carbon storage, plant growth, and plant competition:
1) Ellen Anderson: Interaction between soil fertility and biochar on belowground carbon allocation and storage in grassland plants
2) Jake Sanner: Impact of biochar on success of grassland restoration
3) Cody Starman: Interaction of warming and biochar on competition between invasive and non-invasive grasses
Below are 2 of the most recent graduates from my lab giving a brief description of the general questions that they examined.
Bret Andrew (Class of 2018): Interaction between elevated CO2 and biochar on grassland plant growth
Patrick Thimes (Class of 2018): Impact of biochar on microbial respiration and soil C sequestration
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  • Jesse Koenig '13
  • Erin Stukenholtz '13
  • Rachel Gibson '13
  • Landon Miller '13
  • Lizabeth Reimers '13
  • Brooke Segerstrom '13
  • Sydney Jumps '13
  • Maria Juarez '14
  • Phil Thramer '14
  • Ali Jansen '14
  • Brittany Ridder '14
  • Ben Clausen '14
  • Ethan Zoerb '14
  • Amber Alvarez '15
  • Casarah Schutt '15
  • Corinne Fuoco '15
  • Riley Miller '15
  • Sydney Johnson '15
  • Tyler Kuhfahl '15
  • Nik Stevenson '16
  • Zach Kaster ' 16
  • Colin Lauenroth '16
  • Jackson Mancieri '17
  • Allie Satterly '17
  • Aaron Hanlin '17