Renée F. Brown

Renee Brown
PhD Student
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Office Address: 

Castetter Hall 3525

B.S. Summa Cum Laude Biology (Computer Science minor), University of New Mexico, 2015
Current Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Renée's primary expertise and passion involves the use of environmental sensor networks and other technologies to advance ecological field research in semi-arid ecosystems. Her ongoing professional projects as a long-time staff member of the Sevilleta LTER and the Sevilleta Field Station include (unix) systems and network administration, design and maintenance of large-scale remote wireless data acquisition networks, and instrumentation of long-term climate change manipulation experiments. Her dissertation focuses on the temporal effects of rainfall pulses on above/belowground net primary production, biogeochemical cycles, and microbial community composition in a long-term monsoon rainfall manipulation experiment located in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland.

Research Interests: 

Sensor networks, wireless technologies, aridland ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, climate change.

Professional Experience: 
2002 - Present, System Administrator & Lead Field Technician, Sevilleta LTER & Sevilleta Field Station, University of New Mexico
2016 - Present, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
Strachan S, EP Kelsey, RF Brown, S Dascalu, F Harris, G Kent, B Lyles, G McCurdy, D Slater, and K Smith. 2016. Filling the data gaps in mountain climate observatories through advanced technology, refined instrument siting, and a focus on gradients. Mountain Research and Development 36:518-527. DOI: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-16-00028.1
Thomey ML, SL Collins, MT Friggens, RF Brown, and WT Pockman. 2014. Effects of monsoon precipitation variability on the physiological response of two dominant C4 grasses across a semiarid ecotone. Oecologia 176: 751-762. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3052-1
Vargas R, SL Collins, ML Thomey, JE Johnson, RF Brown, DO Natvig, and MT Friggens. 2012. Precipitation variability and fire influence the temporal dynamics of soil CO2 efflux in an arid grassland. Global Change Biology 18: 1401-1411. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02628.x Featured cover article; cover photo by RF Brown.
Thomey ML, SL Collins, R Vargas, JE Johnson, RF Brown, DO Natvig, and MT Friggens. 2011. Effect of precipitation variability on net primary production and soil respiration in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. Global Change Biology 17: 1505-1515. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02363.x
Collins, SL, LMA Bettencourt, A Hagberg, RF Brown, DI Moore, G Bonito, KA Delin, SP Jackson, DW Johnson, SC Burleigh, RR Woodrow, and JM McAuley. 2006. New opportunities in ecological sensing using wireless sensor networks. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 402-407. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2006)4[402:NOIESU]2.0.CO;2
Recent Awards/Honors: 
2016 Golden Key International Honour Society.
2015 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico.
2015 Best Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation, Department of Biology 24th Annual Research Day, University of New Mexico.