My First Research Experience Involved Ecological Work At The San Miguel Biological Station

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My first research experience involved ecological work at the San Miguel Biological Station in Costa Rica. During the summer of 2013, I did extensive field research in and near the Cabo Blanco Absolute reserve focusing on forest succession within the scope of the unique continuous conservation efforts of the national government. A total of thirty (0.02 hectare) forest inventory plots were laid out. Species composition and population structure of tree species were characterized representing 28-year-old and 50-year-old successional forests, and small areas of primary forest. The research showed that longevity of growth and area use were determining factors in the species that occurred. When an area had been undisturbed and allowed to grow for a longer period, there was more speciation resembling primary forest. Suggesting for the areas studied, that if left undisturbed long enough, an area’s speciation will resemble primary forest. However, secondary growth in these areas is not expected to immediately resemble the population structure of tree species as a consequence of time in undisturbed growth. I showcased this project in a poster presentation at the SDSU Student Research Symposium March 2014.
Currently, I work in Dr. Andrew L. Cooksy’s physical chemistry laboratory at SDSU. I conduct research on organometallic catalysts using computational methods and physical chemistry theory. I carry out electronic structure calculations in an effort to reproduce the observed effects…

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