Students In Action

“Biochar is seeing wide use these days, but it’s viewed as almost a magic powder,” says Danhui Xin, DENIN Environmental Fellow and Ph.D. student. Her research aims to increase the scientific understanding behind why and how biochar works. Biochar is a …

Did you know that microbiologists and engineers have been working for several years to harvest plastics from bacteria in wastewater sludge? Now Xiangmin Liang, a UD Ph.D. student and DENIN Environmental Fellow, is trying to make the plastics stronger.

Eric Moore’s research asks what urban forests will look like in 2050 or 2100 if we do nothing about nonnative invasive plants. What if no trees sprout to replace current urban forests?

As an undergraduate at the University of Montana, Amanda Rosier studied oil-degrading bacteria. “Microorganisms are so powerful in helping us solve human-made problems,” she said. “There’s so much we don’t know about them. It’s like a whole frontier of …

Kyra Kim is at the beach again, but her Ph.D. advisor won’t mind. Kim’s research is among the first to explore the biochemistry of the wet sand zone on beaches.