This series features exemplary undergraduate student research from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, including selected senior theses, honors work, research reports, data sets, and other academic and creative projects completed by undergraduate students in Pepperdine University's Seaver College.

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Research from 2019

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A Post-Fire Comparison of Resprouts to Unburned Malosma laurina Shrubs in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, Anthony Joseph Adducci II, Sierra Jo Smith, and Dylan Jesse Waddill

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The Impact of the Woolsey Fire on the Fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea, Juan Arguijo

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Heteromeles arbutifolia associated Post-Fire Soil Microbiome Recovery and Respiration in a Chaparral Ecosystem, Gabrielle Boeger, Lauren Dedmon, Emma Thomsen, and Alexander Soloniuk

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Comparative Fitness of Post-Fire Transplant Stipa Pulchra and Wild Stipa Pulchra in Competition with Avena Fatua, Ashley Bonin, Madison Cook, and Sara Head

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Post-Fire Competition Between Native Ceanothus spinosus and Exotic Grasses, Katarina Carter and Nina Duchild

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Carbon Dioxide Flux Rate for Cold Burn and Hot Burn Sites, Sophia Cheong, Alexander G. Grissom, and Grace K. Lank

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Effects of Invasive Species on Post-Fire Ceanothus spinosus Seedling Establishment, Nina Duchild, Frank W. Ewers, and Stephen D. Davis

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Physiological Performance of Ceanothus spinosus in Hot Burn and Cool Burn Sites, Rishi Gattu, Christian Hill, and Chris Kulpaca

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The Presence of Fungal Pathogen, Botryosphaeria dothidea, in Post-fire Malosma laurina Resprouts, Georgiana Gibson, Sarah Parker, and Lauren Van Tress

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Photosynthetic Response of Pentagramma triangularis to Summer Desiccation, Brandon R. Grinovich and Stephen D. Davis

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Post-Fire Soil Microbiome Recovery and Respiration in a Chaparral Ecosystem, Mari R. Irving and Stephen D. Davis

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Soil Respiration in Burned and Unburned Sites of the Santa Monica Mountains, Sydney C. Jones, Micah S. Kim, Sierra H. Ball, and Stephen D. Davis

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Comparison of Postfire Seedling Recruitment of 2019 in Three Key Chaparral Species, Karagan Smith, Reid Furukawa, Brett Muramoto, and Stephen D. Davis

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Seedling and Resprout Survival of Three Chaparral Species Following Woolsey Wildfire, Karagan L. Smith and Stephen D. Davis

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A Survey of Post-Fire Chaparral Species’ Densities Using Point Quarter Sampling, Emma C. Stenz, Brandon R. Grinovich, Catherine H. William, Michael E. Gayed, Stephen D. Davis, and Grace Palmer

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Post fire seedling and resprout survival of Melasma laurina, Matthew Sturtevant and Gil So

Research from 2018

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A Comparison of Electron Transport Rate, Photosynthetically Active Radiation, Light-Adapted Fluorescence, and Dark-Adapted Fluorescence Between Stipa pulchra and Pennisetium setaceum, Sydney Adams, Brandon Chuck, Agatha Heng, Amelia Vento, and Stephen D. Davis

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A Comparison of Electron Transport Rate, Photosynthetically Active Radiation, Light-Adapted Fluorescence, and Dark-Adapted Fluorescence Between Stipa pulchra and Pennisetium setaceum, Sydney Adams, Brandon Chuck, Agatha Heng, Amelia Vento, and Stephen D. Davis

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A Comparison of Electron Transport Rate, Photosynthetically Active Radiation, Light-Adapted Fluorescence, and Dark-Adapted Fluorescence Between Stipa pulchra and Pennisetium setaceum, Sydney Adams, Brandon Chuck, Agatha Heng, Amelia Vento, and Stephen D. Davis

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A Comparison of Electron Transport Rate, Photosynthetically Active Radiation, Light-Adapted Fluorescence, and Dark-Adapted Fluorescence Between Stipa pulchra and Pennisetium setaceum, Sydney Adams, Brandon Chuck, Agatha Heng, Amelia Vento, and Stephen D. Davis

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A Comparison of Photosynthetic Rate, Stomatal Conductance, and 
Electron Transport Rate between Malosma laurina and Encelia californica, Yujin Choi, Isabella Armstrong, Catherina Haas, and Micah Kim

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The Effects of Soil Suffused with Cool-Fire Ash on the Germination and Early Growth of Radish Seedlings, Ryan Dalforno, Braden Ritchey, and Jay Ogle

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A Comparison of Fluorescence and ETR Between Malosma laurina and Rhus integrifolia, Talia Danze, Jennifer Ipe, Viridiana Hernandez-Lopez, Stephen D. Davis, and Talia Cao

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Comparison of Photosynthesis, Stomatal Conductance, and Water Potential between Native Rhus integrifolia and Invasive Nicotiana glauca, Tiffany J. Egbo, Emma J. Navarro, MaLaun A. Phillips, and Cameron I. Zohary

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Bioaccumulation of Zinc in Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon), Drew Fisher, H. Marie Surratt, Louise Gebauer, and Andrew Palaski