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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Soil Chemist

Suzanne M. Owen

Chemist
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: 928-556-2193


Current Research

  • Characterizing patterns of tree regeneration following large wildfires in ponderosa pine forests
  • Exotic plants associated with mastication fuels treatments
  • Mycorrhizal status and surrounding soil properties of the endemic species, San Francisco Peaks ragwort (Packera franciscana)
  • Native shrub response to soil amendments and herbicide treatments used to control an exotic grass

Research Interests

  • Plant, soil and soil microbial response to wildfires and fuel treatments
  • Interactions between mycorrhizal fungi and native and exotic plants
  • Characterizing post-wildfire plant regeneration patterns
  • Disturbance and land management effects on ecosystem processes

 

 

Past Research

  • Soil,¬†soil microbe¬†and native/exotic plant responses to fuel reduction treatments
  • Soil amendment and plant neighbor effects on a native an exotic grass
  • Rehabilitating post-wildfire, cheatgrass invaded shrublands using Imazapic and seeding with native shrubs
  • Fuel treatments affect understory plant and soil community composition (mycorrhizal and PLFA profiles)
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Pre Forest Service

Neal, S.M. (2007) Tree thinning treatments alter soil properties, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant communities. M.S. Thesis, Northern Arizona University.

Christie, Kyle; Currie, Michael; Davis, Laura Smith; Hill, Mar-Elise; Neal, Suzanne; Ayers, Tina. 2006. Vascular Plants of Arizona: Rhamnaceae. CANOTIA. 2(1): 23-46.

Education

  • Northern Arizona University , Flagstaff, BS Botany and Chemistry, 2004
  • Northern Arizona University , Flagstaff, MS Biology, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Chemist, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station, Flagstaff, AZ
    2010 - Current
  • Research Specialist, Northern Arizona University
    2007 - 2010
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Northern Arizona University
    2004 - 2007
  • Biological Science Technician, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station
    2002 - 2005

Awards & Recognition

  • Safety Award, 2010
    USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station Safety Award for Meeting OSHA Chemical Safety Protocols
  • Certificate of Merit, 2003
    USDA Certificate of Merit for Initiation and Completion of Experiment on Fuel Treatment Effects on Soil Microbes

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Last updated on : 01/15/2014