Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

individual

Authors' Class Standing

Justin Lawlor, Freshman

Lead Presenter's Name

Justin Lawlor

Faculty Mentor Name

Wes Lewis & Dr. Kelly George

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to understand and project the opinions of the public in Iceland on soil conservation and current efforts. Interviews were conducted with various individuals, including a chef, farmer, and an expert at the SCSI. The same two aspects were brought up during nearly all interviews, which include the Alaskan Lupine and grazing. The Alaskan Lupine was used to bind eroded ground and give way to native plants to take over, but this wasn’t necessarily the case. Efforts to mitigate overgrazing were found to be of less importance than initially thought. The cumulative interviews shed light on some of the dilemmas facing soil conservation efforts and provide insight on possible solutions.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Soil Conservation: The Dilemma of Iceland

The purpose of this research was to understand and project the opinions of the public in Iceland on soil conservation and current efforts. Interviews were conducted with various individuals, including a chef, farmer, and an expert at the SCSI. The same two aspects were brought up during nearly all interviews, which include the Alaskan Lupine and grazing. The Alaskan Lupine was used to bind eroded ground and give way to native plants to take over, but this wasn’t necessarily the case. Efforts to mitigate overgrazing were found to be of less importance than initially thought. The cumulative interviews shed light on some of the dilemmas facing soil conservation efforts and provide insight on possible solutions.

 

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