Welcome! My name is Mary Grace Lemon and I am currently a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University in the School of Renewable Natural Resources where I am studying floodplain root zone soil moisture response to differences in both fluvial hydrology and climate change. I am also interested in how alterations in abiotic forcing specifically moisture can affect species composition of bottomland hardwood forests (a type of forested wetland, see header above for an example of this forest type taken at Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas).
I grew up along Mobile Bay in Alabama and have spent the majority of my life surrounded by the swamps and marshes of the Northern Gulf Coast. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and the environment, specifically wetlands. This led me to obtain a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where I studied the impact of oyster reefs on sediment transport in tidal creeks. This experience increased my appreciation of the importance of abiotic processes in shaping ecological systems and brought me to LSU to pursue a PhD in ecohydrology.
Outside of research, I have general interests in data analytics, science communication, science/environmental outreach, and mental health. I love the gulf coast and Louisiana culture and I am passionate about environmental justice. Please explore my website to find out more information about my current and previous research, field experiences, and thoughts. Feel free to contact me with any inquiries and follow me on social media (to the left).