UA SRP Undergraduate Karen Serrano Wins Outstanding Senior Research Award

The UA SRP congratulates Karen Serrano (undergraduate mentored by Julie Neilson and Raina Maier) on her graduation and multiple honors. Karen won first place for her poster presentation entitled: Biogeochemical factors affecting phosphorus availability during revegetation of mine waste rock slopes at the 2019 University of Arizona Earth Week SWESx Day celebration. Serrano presented her work on mine site reclamation, specifically the bioavailability of phosphorus in the soil at an open pit copper mine. Serrano says it is important to know how much phosphorus is available to plants in the soil so we can develop better practices to restore land degraded from mining.

Karen graduated in May with a Biology major and Plant Science minor and with the 2019 Outstanding Senior Research Award from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Karen will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at University of California Berkeley this fall.

We wish you the best in your studies Karen!!!