Carley Reynolds

Mentor: Dr. Francisco Escobedo
College of College of Agriculture and Life Science
 
"I chose to get involved with research and pursue an undergraduate thesis to fully immerse myself in both my interest in carbon management and the scientific process. Studying sustainable forestry abroad in Costa Rica and learning first hand how carbon is quantified, I wanted to continue investigating the how to effectively manage natural resource, particular in terms of climate change."

Major

Environmental Science

Minor

International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Research Interests

  • Carbon management
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Development

Academic Awards

  • Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship, 2013-2016
  • Bredahl Scholarship for Study Abroad, 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016

Organizations

  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • School of Natural Resources and Undergraduate Student Council

Volunteer

  • Alachua Conservation Trust
  • University of Queensland Carbon Lab

Hobbies and Interests

  • Scuba Diving
  • Travel
  • Soccer
  • Sketching

Research Description

Carbon storage and sequestration by urban forests
My research project focuses on urban forests and their potential as a carbon mitigation strategy. More specifically, I am analyzing urban forests in Medellin, Colombia and estimating their carbon storage and sequestration values. Urban forests are all the trees, vegetation, and soils in a city. They provide many ecosystem services—and disservices—that are often undervalued or unrealized. While these benefits span from air quality to property values to psychological wellness, I chose to focus on urban forest’s effects on carbon. With increasing rates of urbanization and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the ability of urban forests to reduce net emissions needs to be better understood.