PSU Graduate Student Lily Zahor Awarded White Fellowship

January 16th, 2013 by blyndes

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Lily Zahor, a Plymouth State University graduate student studying tree ecological physiology, has been awarded the Joe and Gail White Fellowship for 2013. The White Fellowship was created by two Plymouth State graduates who care deeply about protecting New Hampshire’s natural resources and fostering PSU’s ongoing efforts in educating the public about this goal. Joe ’68 and Gail White ’66 were both teachers who eventually started a successful organic farm in southern New Hampshire. The White Fellowship helps pay a graduate student’s tuition, stipend, or research expenses.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing my first spring in NH, and seeing the forests come back to life,” said Zahor.

Lily Zahor

Zahor, a student in the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program in PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE), will use the White Fellowship Award to assist her thesis research on effects of calcium depleted soils from acid rain on tree productivity in the White Mountain National Forest.

“The award will help me and some undergraduate lab assistants,” noted Zahor. “This also exposes undergraduates to research experience.”

For her thesis project, she will work at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Thornton, NH, under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Michele Pruyn at PSU.

“We wondered why there was increased transpiration (loss of water through leaves) with addition of calcium to forest soils and thus designed a plot-level experiment to compare sapflow in trees on calcium-treated plots versus the control,” said Pruyn. “This work has the potential to help northern hardwood forest owners mitigate the residual effects from acid rain depletion of soil nutrients such as calcium.”

Pruyn notes, “We were delighted to have Lily become interested in the project. With a background of learning and working in Michigan’s forests, she has exactly the right perspective and experience to bring this project to its full potential.”

Lily is a native of Garden City, Michigan, and received a bachelor of science in forestry from Michigan State University in 2011.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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