SSSA International Annual Meeting
Cassie and Maddie were able to attend the 2023 Soil Science Society of America International Annual Meeting, located in St. Louis, Missouri! They both attended sessions, presented posters, and networked with fellow soil science researchers. Maddie was awarded 2nd place in the Pedology graduate student poster competition! The lab is proud that Maddie and Cassie were able to showcase their work at this year's SSSA meeting!
EMSL Annual User Meeting
The lab recently made a visit to the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the EMSL Annual User Meeting! It was a spectacular opportunity for the team to learn about EMSL capabilities, network with EMSL and visiting scientists, and get excited for future research! Rebecca presented as a keynote speaker in her talk, titled, “Cross-scale analyses of soil, fungi, and carbon delivered by advanced analytical capabilities.” Dragos delivered a flash talk on the topic, “Exploring the complexity of biological weathering with EMSL-based biogeochemical and mineralogical capabilities.” Maddie and Cassie both presented posters and discussed their research goals with local and visiting researchers. Thank you to EMSL for hosting our team! (Read more about the 2023 EMSL User Meeting here: https://www.emsl.pnnl.gov/events/2023-emsl-user-meeting).
EMSL User Proposal Funded
A User Proposal by Rebecca, Cassie, Maddie, and Dragos at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been accepted! The team plans to work closely with EMSL researchers over the next two years to utilize advanced methodologies such as Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT). Congratulations everyone! (Read more about the award here: https://www.emsl.pnnl.gov/news/emsl-awards-funding-32-large-scale-research-projects).
Welcome to Sólveig Sanchez! Sólveig will be joining our lab this fall as a visiting scholar from Iceland. She is studying a Ph.D. on Ecological Restoration and Soil Science at the Agricultural University of Iceland, and is visiting as a part of the U.S Fulbright Research Program. Her work investigates carbon and hydrology in soils of birch woodlands in Iceland. She has brought some of her soil samples to Davis and plans to experiment with the SEM and learn new lab techniques during her time at UC Davis. We are glad to have you, Sólveig!
Professional Soil Scientists Annual Meeting
Rebecca, Maddie, and Cassie attended the Professional Soil Scientists Association of California Annual Meeting in June! This once-in-a-lifetime field meeting took place at Santa Cruz Island and included discussions and field excursions. Everyone had a blast networking with fellow soil scientists and exploring the rugged terrain as a group! A huge thanks to our host Dr. Lyndal Laughrin and the presenters and coordinators who made this trip possible! Cassie and Maddie were both able to attend the meeting by earning scholarships from PSSAC to cover the cost of registration. Congrats to Cassie and Maddie, and thank you to PSSAC! Check out the meeting summary for more information here: https://pssac.org/meetings/2023-annual-meeting
Soils Field Course
The lab celebrates a successful soils field course! This summer, Rebecca co-instructed SSC 105/205, a summer field course in which students travel across the state learning about the properties and formation processes of a diverse range of soils. Some notable sites included the Ecological Staircase and Pygmy Forest, Central Valley chronosequence, and Sierra Nevada bioclimosequence. Graduate students Maddie and Cassie attended the 3-week course along with 12 other undergraduate and graduate students. Planning for the 2024 offering of the course is already underway! Dr. Rebecca Lybrand will be teaching the course in Summer 2024 with plans to visit the Pygmy Forest Ecological Staircase near Mendocino, the Sierra Soils Transect, Redwoods Forest, and more!
Tenure at UC Davis
Congratulations to Rebecca for earning tenure at the University of California, Davis! She is especially thankful to her spouse, parents, family, friends, students, colleagues, letter writers, & mentors for the endless support!