Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Hardwood reproduction success as a function of seedling quality, fertilization, and deer exclusion"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
forestry, restoration ecology
Project Description:
The successful establishment and growth of planted seedlings is critical to forest restoration. Improved techniques are needed to increase the survival of seedlings under intense competition and herbivore pressure. In 2008, a study was initiated to examine the how seedling quality, slow release fertilization, and deer exclusion influence the growth and survival of hardwood seedlings. This study will help managers and landowners better understand the benefits of fencing, fertilization, and genetic improvement on four major timber species (red and white oak, black cherry, black walnut) in hardwood forests. We seek an undergraduate researcher to participate in this ongoing study.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be involved in all aspects of this study including field measurements, analyzing data, and preparing a manuscript for publication.
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Desired Qualifications:
ability to identify tree species, willingness to work outside.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Jenkins, Michael
Forestry and Natural Resources

Student Supervisor

Michael Jenkins
Associate Professor of Forest Ecology

Cooperating Faculty

Donald Carleson
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Jame McKenna
Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center