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July 29, 2016 - Week 9 Newsletter

RECCS is a 9-week summer student research program in critical zone science for Colorado community college students funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated by CIRES Education Outreach and the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory.

For the most recent RECCS happenings, check out our blog.

Above photo: RECCS Student Researcher Shala Wallace explains her research to USGS Research Ecologist Jenny Briggs at the REU poster session at UCAR.

Congratulations to the 2016 RECCS student researchers!


This week the RECCS student completed the final stage of their summer research by presenting their projects at two public events. On July 28, the RECCS cohort participated in an area-wide poster session hosted by UCAR. Approximately 50 interns from six different summer internship programs took part in the event. 

On July 29, the students gave PowerPoint presentations explaining their research work to an audience at the CIRES Auditorium. The event was also live-streamed and the recordings will be archived on the RECCS webpage.

These culminating events capped off a very intensive and productive program for our cohort of talented community college students!
Ward Fish explains the results of his research project titled Variability and Trends in Snow Water Equivalent and Streamflow at the Wind River Indian Reservation, WY to the audience at the CIRES auditorium.

RECCS Student Researchers Spotlight

Our final featured RECCS student researchers are Shala Wallace and Amanda Espinoza-Martinez. Shala is mentored by Brian Harvey, Bioeography Lab postdoctoral research associate.  Amanda's mentor is Mike Gooseff, INSTAAR Associate Professor. Both teams are based at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Shall Wallace
Watch Shala's elevator speech!

Research project:
Tree-Ring Width Index Relationships with Drought in Subalpine Forest

Shala Wallace is a 24 year old student from Ohio. Her past has consisted of gymnastics, pageants, and a career as a cosmetologist. Although these details may seem “girly”, she has always been a tomboy at heart, loving the outdoors and being in the water. She currently lives in Westminster, CO and moved here just over a year ago for Colorado’s many opportunities, including educational opportunities.

Shala earned an Associate of Science degree this past spring from Red Rocks Community College. This fall, she will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder this fall to study Integrative Physiology and Pre-Health. Shala then plans to continue her academic journey to receive a doctorate degree. She hopes that the RECCS experience will lead her to a career as a medical researcherl to continue research in her chosen field.
Shall taking a tree core sample from one of her study sites at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station.
Shala points out a key element of her tree ring data analysis to study the impacts of drought on conifers using, Windendro, a high intensity digital scanner.
Amanda Espinoza-Martinez
Watch Amanda's elevator speech!

Research project:
Stream water temperature changes during summer along the Gordon Gulch Creek

Amanda Espinoza-Martinez is 18 years old and lives in Denver, Colorado. Two of her favorite things are to cook and dance with friends. She lives by the motto that everyday should be an adventure and that she should try and learn new things daily.

A star student, Amanda graduated from both high school and community college this spring. She finished her Associate of Science degree at the Community College of Denver will be attending the University of Denver in the fall on a Daniels Scholarship. She is not entirely sure what to major in at this point. However, her general goal is to pursue a career in which she can make a positive impact on those around her.
Amanda and her mentor, Mike Gooseff, reviewing the analysis of summertime stream temperatures in Gordon Gulch in the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory.
One of the graphs that Amanda created illustrating that steam temperatures can vary throughout a single day.

Intern Tips

  • Share links of news items, SM posts, etc. about your RECCS experiences
  • Keep in contact with the RECCS Team and your mentors in the future

Intern Deadlines

  • Complete the survey links emailed to you
  • Participate in the post-program interview (details will be emailed)

Communications Workshop Update


A tremendous "thank you" to Bec Batchelor of UCAR for her expert running of the weekly communications trainings and advising of our RECCS student researchers throughout the program!

Mentor Tips

We greatly appreciate the generous support and commitment of all the mentors in providing valuable learning experiences for our RECCS student researchers this summer. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to each one of you!
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RECCS is funded by the National Science Foundation Grant Award Number 1461281



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