ESPM GradFest finishing talk / by Kyle Hemes

As a final requirement towards a PhD degree, I joined fellow Environmental Science, Policy, and Management graduates in giving finishing talks at our annual Graduate Festival at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley last month.

It was incredible to see the breadth and depth of our department, with talks ranging from post-colonialist implications of Columbia River valley conservation to rare frog biology to mycorrhizal fungi-root interactions, and everything in between.

It was certainly a challenge to sum up 4+ years of work into 15 minute presentation, for a broad audience, but it forced me to consolidate and organize what I have been working on. I used the framework of biogeochemical and biophysical impacts of land use change to group my work.