Reconstructing Ecosystems of the Past Wins Geographer Major Kudos

by Matt Ball on January 20, 2012

Kendra McLauchlan, an assistant professor of geography at Kansas State University and director of the university’s Paleoenvironmental Laboratory, has just been named to a list of the top 150 scientists in the history of Kansas. This award adds to the National Science Foundation CAREER Award that she received in 2010.

McLauchlan’s research involves the reconstructing of past ecosystem functions to better understand the pattern of modern changes. A detailed study of nitrogen cycles in forest and grassland ecosystems from 10,000 years ago, provides insight into the role vegetation and climate play in these changes as well as the impacts that humans have had.

The list of 150 Kansas researchers and scientists past and present has been compiled by Ad Astra to celebrate the state’s sesquicentennial and emphasizes the importance of science and the career possibilities in research and innovation to K-12 students.

Source: K-State Today

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