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Aurora Bayless

Aurora Bayless-Edwards

Advisor: Ken Aho
Degrees: M.S. Biology & M.S. Geographic Information Science

baylauro@isu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Aurora Bayless-Edwards Website

Education

2016, B.A. Biology, University of Montana, MT
2014, B.A. Russian, University of Montana, MT

Current Research

My research focuses on classifying plant communities in semi-arid sagebrush steppe. I am conducting research in collaboration with Dr. Ken Aho to measure, classify, and map plant communities in the Snake River Plain. Plant communities are sampled using conventional point sighting frame methods. Our classifications involve applications of several hierarchical and non-hierarchical cluster analysis methods evaluated by geometric and non-geometric evaluators to determine the optimum community assignments. The goal of the project is a local scale map, though temporal and spatial changes in these communities, may allow us to investigate interesting ecological processes in plant communities such as post-fire succession.

Teaching Experience

BIOL 2207 Cell Biology
BIOL 3301L & 3302L Anatomy and Physiology

Selected Publications

Bayless-Edwards, A.L.H., Aho, K., Weber, C., Werth, J.T., Vinatzer, B., Schmale, D.G. III, Christner, B.C., Joyce, R., Lavender, H. 2017. Poster: “Examining spatial and temporal trends in precipitation-borne fungal communities: A novel quantification across Virginia, Idaho and Louisiana.” Ecological Society of America 102nd Annual Meeting.

Aho, K., Bayless-Edwards, A.L.H., Christner, B.C., Joyce, R., Lavender, H., Vinatzer, B., Schmale, D.G. III, Weber, C., Werth, J.T. 2017. Presentation: “Bacterial composition of precipitation is correlated with geographic location, season and meteorological conditions.” Ecological Society of America 102nd Annual Meeting.

Sala, A.M., Bayless, A.L.H., Roskilly, B., Sapes, G. 2017. Presentation: “Water for carbon and carbon for water: The intimate link between carbohydrates and water in plants.” Ecological Society of America 102nd Annual Meeting.

Bayless, A.L.H, Roskilly, B., Sala, A. M. 2016. Poster: “Non-structural carbohydrates influence water relations in Pinus Ponderosa.” Gordon Research Conference for Multiscale Plant Vascular Biology.

Bayless, A.L.H., Roskilly, Beth, Sala, Anna M. 2016. Presentation: “Non- structural carbohydrates influence water relations in Pinus Ponderosa.” University of Montana Conference for Undergraduate Research.

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