Congrats to Richard Magala and Dr. Emily Zimmerman!

March 16, 2022

Congratulations to PLUS Lab PhD student Richard Magala and former lab member Dr. Emily Zimmerman for their contribution to the ISU Carbon Report. An effort that won the 2022 Dean's Citation Award. Their contribution is: Zimmerman, E., James, D., Jordahl, J., Magala, R., Schulte Moore, L.A., Tyndall, J.C. (2022) Chapter 8. Agricultural Carbon Planning.  In: Schulte Moore L, Jordahl J, editors. 2022. Carbon Science for Carbon Markets: Emerging Opportunities in Iowa. CROP 3175. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Ames, Iowa.

Congrats to Emma Bravard!

September 13, 2021

The PLUS lab is happy to announce that Emma Bravard graduated with her MS and is now a Research Associate in NREM continuing to work on some of the cool science she developed in her masters program. Her thesis is titled: "Financial data and analysis for use with the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework". She created a financial analysis add on tool for use with the ACPF, called the ACPF FiNRT (fine art). Want to know more? Just contact Emma at

Congrats to Ellen Audia and Caroline Murray!

May 03, 2021

Congrats to Ellen Audia and Caroline Murray on successfully defending their Master's theses this spring!  

  • Ellen's thesis is titled:  Balancing crop and ecosystem service production in the US Corn Belt through spatially targeted conservation. Ellen's next stop is with Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, where she will be working as a technician with the Long-term Ecological Research Station.
  • Caroline's thesis is titled: Pollinator response to prairie strips in the Iowa agricultural landscape. Caroline is currently the GIS Coordinator for Walla Walla County, WA.