Degree Program: Ph.D. in Environemntal and Conservation Sciences
Major Advisor: Dr. Marinus Otte
Office: Stevens 207B
B.A. Environmental Studies and International Relations - Concordia College (2005)
Wetland ecology and restoration
Metal Tolerance in wetland plants
History of North Dakota Wetlands
Speciation and accumulation of heavy metals in soils
Thesis/ dissertation research
Aim: Determine the link between metal tolerance and rhizosphere biogeochemistry in wetland plants.
§ Greenhouse Studies – Column experiments using Rumex crispus and Typha angustifolia to investigate the changes in redox status, pH and element concentrations in the soil in the vicinity of plant roots under flooded and non-flooded conditions.
§ Field Studies – Field experiments to investigate element concentrations in the soil in the vicinity and away from the influence of wetland plant roots.
Aim: Determine plant species associated with turbid and clear shallow lakes.
§ Lake Study – Identify plant species and determine biomass of plant species of turbid and clear shallow lakes in Minnesota.
§ Measure pH, redox potential and element concentrations in the vicinity of and away from plant roots in turbid and clear lakes.
Awards and Honors
§ Concordia College Alpha Honor Society (2005)
§ Sheila Kath Scholarship – NDSU Department of Biological Sciences (2007)
Poster Presentation: Kissoon, L.T., Jacob, D.L., & Otte, M.L. (2007). The link between rhizosphere biogeochemistry and metal tolerance in wetland plants. ND/SD EPSCoR 6th Biennial Joint Conference, September 7, 2007.
Oral Presentation: Kissoon, L.T., Jacob, D.L., & Otte, M.L. (2007). The link between the biogeochemistry of the rhizosphere and metal tolerance of wetland plants. Environmental & Conservation Sciences Graduate Seminar, April 3, 2007.
Oral Presentation: Kissoon, L.T., Jacob, D.L., & Otte, M.L. (2008). Biogeochemical changes in the rhizosphere of wetland plants: Implications for metal tolerance. 5th Annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium, April 11, 2008.
Oral Presentation: Kissoon, L.T., Jacob, D.L., & Otte, M.L. (2008). The distribution of metals in the soil below wetland plants under flooded and non-flooded conditions. The Society of Wetland Scientists – Capitalizing on Wetlands, Annual International Conference, May 29, 2008.
Poster Presentation: Kissoon, L.T., Jacob, D.L., & Otte, M.L. (2008). Distribution of metals in the rhizosphere in response to flooding ND/SD EPSCoR 7th Biennial Joint Conference, September 19, 2008.