B.E.T.R. Research Projects
Below you will find a description of current B.E.T.R. Lab projects as well as links to photos and news reports. To the right you will find a description of equipment and facilities used by the B.E.T.R. Lab.
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Mount Rushmore National Monument, in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, is a national icon and internationally recognized symbol. While the monument is a lasting legacy of our country, the Pinus ponderosa(ponderosa pine) forests that surround the monument contain an environmental history that needs preserved. This study is examining the response of ponderosa pine to the current management practices used by the National Park Service to mimic the historical fire regimes.
Hurricanes in Texas
This research examines the effect that hurricane derived precipitation has on latewood production and the overall response to climate and disturbance in Pinus palustris (longleaf pine) stands of the Big Thicket National Preserve and Angelina National Forest.
Along with the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, the B.E.T.R. Lab is examining the persistence of Juniperus virginiana (eastern red cedar) on limestone and dolomite glades throughout the southeastern United States. This research will study the life cycle as well as how the climate and disturbances have helped to shape these unique ecosystems.
In conjunction with the City of Clarksville and the Austin Peay GIS Center, the B.E.T.R. Lab will assist in the delineation of forested plots within the City of Clarksville, TN using aerial photographs and GIS. With this information and the program CITYGreen the Clarksville City Forester will develop an inter-departmental process to ensure optimum tree planting within the city, promote conservation of community tree resources through a comprehensive canopy analysis program for establishing criteria for future development, preservation, and allocation of resources within the city, develop and implement a public education program on the urban community forest, and provide information and analysis to update the Forest Management Plan to guide long term city tree planting and maintenance activities.
Using ground penetrating radar, surveying equipment, and handheld GPS units the Department of Geosciences and the B.E.T.R. Lab are searching for unmarked gravesites within the Baggett Family Cemetery in middle Tennessee. Once the field work is complete, the B.E.T.R. Lab will develop a web-based application for the historic preservation of this family plot.
Port Royal State Historic Park
This project will search for dendrochronological evidence of the past usage of road beds inside and surround Port Royal State Historic Park. This data will look to determine whether the usage is concurrent with know periods of migrating fauna, Native Americans, or European settlers
If you have an interest in any of the projects above or have ideas of projects you
would like to collaborate on please contact me at your earliest convenience: