GSL Spotlight ~ Intern ~ Graduate Student Update

Jess Milby   GSL Spotlight - Jess Milby

Jess Milby has worked with Jerry Volesky as the range and forage research technologist at UNL’s West Central Research , Extension, and Education Center, North Platte since the fall of 2014. She grew up on a farm outside Fullerton, NE and discovered her love of range (especially the plants) through range judging in high school. She attended UNL and received a B.S. in Rangeland Ecosystems and M.S. in Natural Resources. She has been involved in a variety of research projects at the Barta Brothers Ranch ranging from grazing systems to prairie chickens and collects forage production data at GSL every summer. Jess is a self-proclaimed plant nerd and recently co-authored Legumes of the Great Plains. In her free time, she enjoys visiting family and friends, spending time in nature, and traveling to experience new places/foods/cultures. Her goal is to visit all 7 continents and so far she has been to 5.

 Brittney Emerson  Intern Update - Brittney Emerson

Brittney Emerson has been interning at GSL since May. She grew up on her family's ranch neighboring GSL's south place. She is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Grazing Livestock Systems with a minor in Agricultural Leaderships and Environmental Communications. She has enjoyed all of the unique opportunities to learn during her time at GSL this summer! 

 Jessica Starr   Intern Update - Jessica Starr

Jessica Starr began her internship at GSL in May. She is originally from Mullen, Nebraska and will graduate with her B.S. degree in Animal Science from Fort Hays State University this winter. She has learned a lot this summer from daily ranch work to gathering research data. She has really enjoyed her time spent at GSL. 

 Selby Boerman  Graduate Student Update - Selby and Nicole

Selby Boerman, M.S. student working with Travis Mulliniks and Mitch Stephenson.

Nicole Woita

Nicole Woita, M.S. student working with Travis Mulliniks and Kacie McCarthy, moved to GSL full-time this spring while finishing graduate programs.

Selby and Jess Plant ID Selby Boerman (left) and Jess Milby talking Sandhills Plant ID at the Nebraska Ranch Practicum in July.

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