April Maxwell

Master of Soil Science

Thesis / Dissertation – Effects of Simulated Drought and Heat Wave on Soil Microbial Diversity and Community Composition

Honors / Awards:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, University Graduate Fellowship

Advisor:  Dr. Josh Heitman

Graduate Committee:  Dr. Josh Heitman, Dr. Shuijin Hu, and Dr. Rich McLaughlin

Research Summary
Soils from five different management systems were exposed to a two-week drought, heatwave, and a control, followed by a recovery period of two weeks. Microbial diversity did not differ by treatment (drought, heatwave, or control). On the other hand, microbial community composition differed by management system.

I plan to use my degree to:
Teach science to K-12 audiences in a non-classroom setting

What I enjoyed most about my experience in Crop and Soil Sciences at NC State was:
Successfully defending my master’s report

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:
Dr. Heitman and his lab group, Janel Ohletz, Abby Haselton, Selena Jackson, Jen Richmond-Bryant, my family, and a host of others who are too numerous to list 🙂

Now that I have completed the program, I’m most looking forward to:
Pursuing a career in informal STEM education

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-maxwell-42643772/


Messages for April Maxwell

I am so proud of you, for all that you have accomplished, and for being you! You are a force, and you have so much good ahead of you! Please know that I am always in your corner and here for you no matter what.
–  Jen Richmond-Bryant


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