Research Project | 2023

Tracking changes in photosynthetic activity of native California plants


Awardee: Alannah Linden

Bio: Alannah Linden is a third year atmospheric and oceanic sciences / mathematics major. She has interests in a range of physical sciences subjects and is currently working on a paper with the EPSS department on interpreting the stratigraphic record, which she presented in a poster at AGU this past December. She is also going to participate in some research in the AOS department. Outside of academics and research, she plays alto saxophone in the UCLA marching band. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue graduate studies after taking some time to explore research in her field.

Project Description:
Chlorophyll fluorescence can indicate the health and productivity of a plant. Our project aims to study changes in photosynthetic activity of four different native shrub species at Stunt Ranch by monitoring changes in chlorophyll fluorescence. We focus on the summer drought period and difference in plant response to heat and drought conditions in summer.