Ph.D. Student Profile: Martha Carlson
Degree: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Research Topic: Assessing the Response of Sugar Maples, Acer saccharum, to climate stress
Advisor: Dr. Barrett Rock
Description of Research
Description of Research: Sugar maples on 12 sugar bushes around New Hampshire are monitored regularly with sap, leaf, bud and wood samples taken to assess the response sugar maples may have to climate change stressors including rising temperatures, shorter winters, earlier springs, later frosts, and other climate change stressors. In collaboration with Liz Brady, a PhD candidate in the Chemistry Dept., we are looking for a biochemical signal of stress which may be found in maple sap. The research team also hopes to develop an outreach program to NH schools, building on Forest Watch, training teachers and students to assist in this climate change research.
Previous Awards and Activities
Journalist, land conservationist, school founder, teacher, writer. Recently working as TA for Dr. Rock at UNH and in NASA Summer Research Experience for 9 tribal colleges in western United States. Gardener and sugar producer.
Selected Presentations and Publications
Poster, Were NH Sugar Maples Defoliated by A PAN Event?, October, North American Maple Syrup Council. Novel, Sagas of a Vinland Timber Scout, 2009.
BA, Mt. Holyoke, English composition; MS, UNH, Natural Resources
Journalist, photographer, editor, various newspapers and periodicals; teacher, Somerset School; chair, Sandwich Land Trust; founder, head of school, Sandwich Community School; member, Board of Trustees, Independent Schools of Northern New England.