Benjamin Girgenti

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Benjamin Is a student at Brown University , studying Environmental Science , and is expecting to graduate in 2016 .

About Me:
The environment, or the outdoors even, just nature in general was not something I thought about often before I experience the majesty of it during a backpacking trip in the pacific northwest. Since, I've become incredibly interested in (ideally, preservation of wilderness, but realistically,) conservation of wilderness. After graduating from New Trier High School and my first year at Brown over, I currently plan to use the rest of my time there to study wildlife (plant and animal) and its conservation, as well as ways to educate people in the topic. I enjoy rock climbing, camping, paintballing, and playing soccer. I'm a die-hard Blackhawks fan. My favorite animal is a Pelican. I'm a dog person.

My Projects
What are the effects of mulching on soil’s microbial community in restored habitats? (2013)

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is an invasive species which crowds out wildflowers in the forests of the Midwest. There are many different management techniques have been employed to control the plant, however re-invasion is a big issue. Some observation have shown that mulching can provide some resistance to r-einvasion, including using buckthorn chips - which are thought to be allopathic. In