Chelsea Hazlett

Mentor: Dr. Mark Clark
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"Throughout my undergraduate career, I've planned on pursuing my PhD and building on my understand of the research process is the best way to prepare for graduate school. Moreover, I thoroughly enjoy my time in the lab."

Major

Environmental Management (IS)

Minor

Soil and Water Science; Leadership

Research Interests

  • Soil and Water Science
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Microbial Ecology

Academic Awards

  • Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship (2014-2015, 2015-2016)University Scholars Program 2016
  • Best Poster Presentation - Society of Wetland Scientists, South Atlantic Chapter Meeting, Fall 2015
  • Soil and Water Science Department Scholarship (Spring 2016) + Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Fall 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Community Outreach for Diabetic Education
  • Gainesville Scene

Volunteer

N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Venturing
  • Longboarding
  • Record collecting

Research Description

Assessing Potential Anthropological Effects on Carbon Cycling in a Subtropical Peatland
A rare peatland, Fowlers Bog, was recently identified just outside of Gainesville, FL. The peatland is of particular interest due to potential hydrologic changes from the proposed expansion of highway SR 20. The expansion of SR 20 could shift in the water table of the peatland which we believe is consistently above the soil surface. If the expansion results in a lowered water table, the soil profile may become aerobic and produce more carbon dioxide from microbial respiration. If the wetland becomes more inundated, consistent anaerobic conditions (oxygen deprived) may favor methane production. The response of the peatland will depend on the soil chemical composition and microbial community in the peat profile. We propose to determine the carbon composition, microbial community, and greenhouse gas production potential from peat throughout the soil profile.