Donal O’Leary, a new Ph.D. student within the Department of Geographical Sciences, has been awarded a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.
Donal received his M.S. in Geography from Western Washington University and B.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. Topics of his interests include: development of wildfire dynamics within the ED model; modeling biomass fluxes stemming from increased carbon and temperature; bridging the gap between the ED model and environmental engineering/silviculture. He will start his Ph.D in the Fall of 2016 with Dr. George Hurtt.