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Heather Root obtained both a MS in Statistics and a PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology. She compared the statistical power of non parametric methods for testing multivariate differences among groups with community data, evaluating lichen and bryophyte responses to forest thinning in Oregon. In eastern Oregon she studied the relationships between biological soil crust lichens and the environment. She also completed a regional study in relation to climate and air quality in southeast Alaska.  In both studies she explored the fundamental properties of community data. After graduating  in September 2011, Heather worked for the BLM and US Forest Service, and has recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor at Weber State University, Utah. 

For his thesis in Botany and Plant Pathology, Peter Nelson worked on the relationship between caribou and vegetation in Denali National Park, Alaska. This involved remote sensing and habitat modeling to integrate a vegetation sampling progam with caribou location data, with particular emphasis on late-season and winter habitat, and snow patterns. Peter graduated in December 2013 and was recently appointed Assistant Professor and the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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