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Kalen Foster
Graduate Student
Biology, Geology and Environmental Science
B.S. Organismal Biology; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2016

Degree Tract: Thesis

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Boyd

Research Interests: Ever since a young age, I had always had a keen interest in Biology that centered specifically around environmental and ecological conservation efforts. During my undergraduate studies, I was interested in the conservation issues concerning the endangerment of Chattanooga’s Eastern Hemlock populations from the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid species. Dr. Jennifer Boyd and other UTC colleagues have supported my endeavors to understand and improve my knowledge of current conservational research further. In the future, I hope to take my experience as an undergraduate and Environmental Science graduate student and contribute towards improving local Chattanoogan ecosystems and species that may need a stronger conservational hand.

Presentations: Wilder L, Foster K, Boyd JN (2016) An ecophysiological investigation of climate change impacts on the imperiled eastern hemlock. Poster presentation, UT Chattanooga Research Dialogues, Spring 2016.