Pete Chuckran

I am a Technician in the Bowker Lab, assisting in a majority of the field work, as well as some of the day-to-day operations in the lab and greenhouse. My background is primarily in biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. Currently I am interested in how biological soil crusts affect nutrient cycling, soil chemistry, and soil microbial communities in arid ecosystems. I believe that restoring biological soil crusts is crucial in protecting the large carbon pool that resides in dryland soils.

I am also conducting research observing the effect of microclimate manipulations on cacti success in Organ Pipe National Monument. This work consists of fitting Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cacti with a series of practical but yet stylish hats. This work is neither funded nor sanctioned by the Bowker Lab, however I am currently seeking funding and collaborators.

1 comment:

  1. Pete, I think the hat treatment needs more development. I might select a series of stylish yet practical hats that vary in their ability to modify the microclimate, and employ them all in randomized blocks. I might consider a gradient from sombrero, to cowboy hat, to kangol (1980's LL Cool J variety). Best of luck with this exciting line of inquiry.