MS in Plant Biology
Professor: Kevin Gibson
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
"I am from the San Carlos Apache and Tohono O'odham Nations, originally from Albuquerque, NM. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University, a tribal college in Lawrence, Kansas. I am a Master’s degree student in Dr. Kevin Gibson's lab where I am conducting greenhouse experiments testing the application of biochar to tallgrass prairie as a strategy for restoration.
Biochar is a soil amendment modeled after Terra preta soils, which are predominately found near the Amazon Basin. These soils were created by Pre-Columbian Indigenous tribes and contain increased levels of organic matter and nutrients, making them among the most fertile soils in the world.
My research interests include natural systems conservation and the integration of traditional/ local ecological knowledge into resource management.
My career goal is to work for grassroots Native American environmental organizations such as the Indigenous Environmental Network or the Intertribal Agriculture Council, both of which promote the conservation, protection and management of tribal natural resources for the betterment of Native peoples."