Graduate Students receive awards or fellowships

SNR Graduate Students (clockwise from upper left) Tanessa Morris, Aldi Airori, Sophia Becker and Katharine Hogan
SNR Graduate Students (clockwise from upper left) Tanessa Morris, Aldi Airori, Sophia Becker and Katharine Hogan

Four School of Natural Resources graduate students recently received awards or fellowships this Spring.

Sophia Becker - Othmer Fellowship
Sophia is working on MS in Natural Resources Sciences with a specialization in Hydrological Sciences ( "I began my M.S. in natural resource sciences at UNL with a specialization in hydrological sciences in the fall of 2020 with Dr. Trenton Franz as my advisor. I study gamma-ray spectroscopy (a geophysical method that determines surface concentrations of radioelements) and its potential for use as an input variable in predicting soil properties. "

Tanessa Morris - Chancellor’s Fellowship
Tanessa will be starting her M.S. in natural resources sciences this fall. "I grew up on a beef ranch in Southern Alberta, Canada, and growing up in this area, completely reliant on irrigation, spurred my interest into natural resources, especially hydrology and geophysics. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Geoscience and Anthropology at the University of Montana and competed as a student athlete on the track and field team there. In Lincoln I will be a part of Dr. Trenton Franz’s research group and working on projects incorporating hydrology, geophysics, and agriculture. I will also be competing as part of the Huskers Track and Field Team as a thrower! "

Aldi Airori - SNR Meritorious Student Award (MS)
Aldi is currently working with Dr. Judith Turk on determining the relationship between soil organic carbon (SOC) and soil color among Nebraska soils with varied textures. As well as evaluating the effectiveness of different color sensors in capturing the relationship of soil color and SOC.”

Katherine Hogan - SNR Meritorious Student Award (PhD)
Katherine is a student in the National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship (NRT) Program ( “I’m looking at plant community data from before and after a severe drought in 2012,” Hogan says. “I want to look at how the species in grasslands fluctuate in abundance before and after such disturbances because that’s a sign of species with similar function compensating for each other and it’s a part of ecological resilience.”

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