Spotlight: Kelsey Howard

Kelsey is currently attending graduate school at the University of Utah in the geography department. Her Master's research is focused on studying paleoecology and spring productivity in Utah's west desert by reconstructing past fire and vegetation histories, as well as past climates through the use of pollen and charcoal from wetland sediments. An anticipated goal of her research is to determine spring activity related to Paleo-Indian and recent human occupation in western Utah. Kelsey became interested in paleoecology as an undergraduate while researching the fire history of a wetland in Mexico under Jennifer Watt and Andrea Brunelle. She also competed two semesters of undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This research focused on investigating the impacts of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on vegetation in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

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