Acid Deposition and Tree Water Use Efficiency: Comparing Northern Hemisphere Tree-ring Isotope Data with New Measurements from Unpolluted South American Forests

Principal Investigator
Brenden E. Mcneil
Associate Professor
Department of Geology
West Virginia Univeristy

Dr. Brenden E. McNeil, West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography, was awarded a Research Seed grant entitled “Acid deposition and tree water use efficiency: comparing northern hemisphere tree-ring isotope data with new measurements from unpolluted South American forests”.  The focus of the research study is to analyze atmosphere-biosphere climate modeling activities and how increases in atmospheric CO2 will affect the carbon sink provided by the world’s forests.  His research will provide a powerful baseline for tree-ring δ13C analyses, thereby greatly intensifying the impact of this interdisciplinary research, as well as enhancing its utility for NASA-funded climate modeling efforts.  In 2013, Ms. Evelin Flamenco, a WVU undergraduate student working with Dr. McNeil, applied for and was awarded a scholarship for the Next Generation of Latino Leaders, from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI).   In 2015, under Dr. McNeil mentorship, Ms. Flamenco competed for and was awarded an Undergraduate Fellowship to continue her research work on the project “Comparing Tree Species and Canopy Albedo by Measuring Leaf Angle with a UAV”.  She indicated that in her current research that she expects to gain additional skills and knowledge in preparing for Graduate School.

Evelin Flamenco, WVU sophomore geography undergraduate research student, measuring widths of tree-rings for isotopic analysis for Dr. B. McNeil’s Research Seed Grant entitled “Acid deposition and tree water use efficiency: Comparing Northern Hemisphere tree-ring isotope data with new measurements from unpolluted South American forests”.