Awardee: Jacqueline Zhang

Department: Undergraduate Environmental Science B.S.

Funding Source: Stunt Ranch Research Grant

In order to protect native plants from extreme drought events caused by human-induced climate change, we must find ways for ecological restoration to be successful during these times. I will be studying a plant’s phenotypic plasticity and will explore whether or not we can prime plants to become more drought tolerant before transplanting them into their native, water-stressed environment.