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Anthropogenic and Natural Disturbances of the Nitrogen Cycle at Multiple Scales from Local to Global: A Modeling Investigation of Nitrous Oxide and Ammonia Emissions 

Xu, Rongting (2019-04-18)
Nitrogen (N) is an essential element that affects natural vegetation and crop growth in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Meanwhile, N is tightly coupled with carbon and other nutrients (e.g., phosphorous) that influence ...

Assessing Input Uncertainty and Sensitivity of the Process-Based Wetland Water Quality Model, WetQual 

Kanber, Recep Tayyip (2019-06-03)
Wetlands are among the most important natural ecosystems having numerous benefits to people and wildlife. One of the key functions of wetlands is water purification. Wetlands are known to improve water quality and act as ...

Assessing Occurrence and Habitat Characteristics of the Southeastern Pocket Gopher (Geomys pinetis) 

Bennett, Mary (2018-01-10)
The southeastern pocket gopher (Geomys pinetis), a species of conservation concern in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, is of increasing conservation concern due to a range wide decline believed to be due to habitat loss and ...

Assessment and Synthetization of Extension Needs Encompassing the Economic and Ecological Impacts of Wild Pigs Among Young Pine Plantations 

Fern, Micah (2017-12-18)
The southeastern United States has recently seen its first increases in Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) acreage after more than four centuries of decline thanks to ongoing restoration efforts. Connecting existing ...

Beyond the timberline: Assessment of Supplemental Income Opportunities, Forest Management Practices, and Attributes of Southern Pine Straw Types 

Singh, Zachary (2020-07-22)
Of Alabama’s 23 million acres of timberland, over 13 million acres of it is owned by family forest landowners. Therefore, they play a pivotal role in the future of Alabama’s forest. Due to a combination of shift in ownership ...

A Bird's-Eye View of Young Longleaf Pine 

Harris, Natalie (2021-01-11)  ETD File Embargoed
Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests are an endangered ecosystem and a primary focus for restoration in the US. Through the cost-share program Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

Capturing Forest Dynamics in Hydrological Modeling 

Haas, Henrique (2020-08-14)  ETD File Embargoed
Forests can cover a significant portion of watersheds and affect rainfall interception, water losses through evapotranspiration (ET), surface runoff, and aquifer recharge. Despite their critical role in the hydrologic ...

Chemometric Modeling of the Structural Integrity, Chemistry and Bioenergy Potential of Elite Loblolly Pine Families and Forest Biomass 

Acquah, GIfty (2016-12-12)
Pinus taeda L. (loblolly pine) is the most economically important tree species in the USA. With 30 million acres in plantations in the southern United States alone, it accounts for over 50% of the standing pine volume of ...

Climate and Land Use/Cover Change Impacts on the Ecologically Relevant Flow Metrics in the Cahaba River Watershed 

Dosdogru, Furkan (2016-07-05)
This study explored the impacts of land use/cover (LULC) and climate change on hydrological responses, particularly low-flow regimes, in the rapidly urbanizing upper Cahaba River basin in north-central Alabama. The Cahaba ...

Comparing Camera Survey Methods for Monitoring Eastern Wild Turkey Populations 

Keller, Skylar (2019-08-26)
Conflicting estimates of the size and productivity of Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallapavo silvestris) populations led biologists in Alabama to seek repeatable, less-biased, survey methods. Previously, estimates of ...

Coppicing Evaluation in the Southeastern U.S. to Determine Harvesting Methods for Bioenergy Production 

Santiago, Rafael (2017-05-01)
Renewable fuels are being tested as an alternative for fossil fuels. Woody biomass is an excellent source of renewable energy in terms of cost-benefit and availability. Short rotation woody crops (SRWC) meet intensive wood ...

Coral Reefs and Climate Change: Examining Two Institutional Approaches to Managing a Novel Marine Ecosystem 

Wally, Kasen (2022-04-20)
Much of Florida’s economy is tied to the third-largest barrier reef in the world, the Florida Reef Tract. However, because of anthropogenic threats, it is not the thriving ecosystem it once was, and its persistence ...

Coral Reefs in Congress 

Alva, Amanda (2022-04-15)
As coral reef ecosystems disappear at an alarming rate, the United States and the wider world are weighing options for bold policy action to stop the loss of climate sensitive ecosystems. It is difficult for policies to ...

Coyotes, deer, and hunters: applied ecology for informing deer and hunter management 

Price Tack, Jennifer (2017-12-01)
My research was conducted to provide new methods and analyses to better inform management of white-tailed deer, coyotes, and hunters in Al In particular, my research will support efforts of the Alabama Deer Management ...

Determining habitat requirements and landscape factors for the decline of the southeastern pocket gopher (Geomys pinetis) 

Parsons, Elizabeth (2019-05-16)
Southeastern pocket gophers (Geomys pinetis) are rodents of conservation concern endemic to open-canopy pine forests in the southeastern United States. Preserving habitat is critical for long-term conservation, but there ...

Development and validation of a Paper-based analytical device (PAD) for formaldehyde detection and its utilization in wood composites emissions 

Garcia, Jose (2022-05-06)  ETD File Embargoed
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are caused by different sources, including non-fully cured adhesives used to bond the pieces of wood in the fabrication of wood composites. N on-cured Phenol-Formaldehyde resins represent ...

Development of a Small-Scale Harvester for Biomass Operations 

Da Rocha, Kleydson Diego (2020-08-14)
The Oil Embargo of 1973-1974 that quadrupled the price of a barrel of oil in a matter of months sparked the discussions of alternative forms of energy; one of the topics that started to be addressed was renewable energies. ...

Development of bio-based systems as pollutants removal for water remediation 

Gomez-Maldonado, Diego (2021-04-23)  ETD File Embargoed
In the search of bio-based alternatives to develop systems that can improve water quality, cellulose nanofibril (CNF) were studied as scaffolds for the development of adsorbents for emerging and unregulated pollutants; in ...

Distributions, Movements, and Arboviral Dynamics of Invasive Aedes spp. Mosquitoes in US Gulf States 

McKenzie, Benjamin (2020-07-15)
The Gulf Coast of the United States is a region at high risk for the introduction and establishment of several mosquito-borne pathogens of high concern, including Zika virus, dengue virus and chikungunya virus. The Gulf ...

The Ecology of Scatterhoarding in a Flooded Ecosystem 

Wilson, Sarah (2018-05-16)
Food hoarding is a strategy typically used by species that experience times with little food readily available. Scatterhoarders store single food items in many locations throughout their home range before the food-scarce ...