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Natural fibers from plants such as industrial hemp provide a renewable high-quality commodity that has the potential to enhance New Jersey agriculture and provide economic benefits for a wide variety of industries and small businesses in the state. Both established and emerging industries can benefit from industrial hemp by supplementing or entirely replacing petroleum-based products with those based on natural fibers while sequestering significant quantities of carbon from the atmosphere (Cherney (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SEBS - Plant Biology and Pathology

Cities contain novel, specialized environments that give rise to unique selection pressures on urban plant populations. Very little research has been performed on plant evolutionary ecology in urban landscapes, but it is clear that certain plants species are successful and some cannot survive in urban conditions. However, it is not well known if plants are successful in urban areas due to preadaptation, plasticity, or rapid evolution. Assessing how urbanization selects for particular plant morphological, (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SEBS - Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Ecology, Evolution , Plants , Urban Design and Planning, (...)

In light of the Rutgers 101: College Writing curriculum redesign, the fellow will research key questions about ongoing best practices in Writing Programs at our peer universities. Specifically, this project proposes a dual-focus study of first-year writing courses: exploring genre-based reading and writing in first-year writing courses, and investigating honors first- year writing courses. Key questions are as follows: What do students read in first-year writing courses, and why? What is (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - English Writing Program

As Rutgers Writing Center Directors, we work with over 125 undergraduate peer tutors as they develop communication and mentoring skills through sustained practice in tutoring writing. Like university students across the United States, they experience ongoing strain from increased financial pressures, overloaded school schedules, competition for internships and jobs, family struggles, and/or an inability to find reliable sources of mental health support. These various stressors have a direct impact (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - English Writing Program
Educational Psychology, English, Ethics , Humanities, (...)

This project investigates the environmental fluctuations documented in fossils and sediments of Lake Turkana, Kenya over the past four million years. Reconstructing a record of biotic and sedimentary responses to climate change, volcanism and landscape evolution is a prerequisite to understanding environmental factors as driving forces in development of the savanna biome and human ancestors in the ancient record. Students will investigate sediment samples from modern and ancient lake systems to (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - Earth and Planetary Sciences, SAS - Anthropology
Ecology, Environment

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