Masters Student
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Benjamin Rasp is a graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. As an undergraduate, Ben was a researcher in Dr. Allen Risk's LEAF lab where he studied primarily dendroclimatological utility of understory tree species for four years, as well as aided in lichen and bryophyte collection and identifications. Currently, he is a graduate student co-advised by Dr. Jian Yang and Dr. Marco Contreras studying how spatio-temporal patterns of invasive exotic plant species respond to timber harvesting in Robinson Forest, Kentucky. Ben is also leading a volunteer effort with LFUCG Parks & Recreation on a riparian restoration project in Lansdowne-Merrick Park in Lexington. 


Education

M.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky (in progress)

  • Thesis: Spatio-temporal patterns of invasive exotic plant species in response to timber harvesting in Robinson Forest, Kentucky. (Advisors: Jian Yang, Ph.D. and Marco Contreras, Ph.D.)

B.S. in Biology, Morehead State University

Selected Professional Experience

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant- University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Fall 2016- Present, Supervisors: Jian Yang, Marco Contreras.

  • Thesis field work: conducted floristic survey of four watersheds in Robinson Forest, Breathitt County, KY. Key flora observations were of tree regeneration and invasive plant species response.
  • FOR 330: GIS and Spatial Analysis, Spring 2017.

Undergraduate Fellowship Researcher- Morehead State University, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Fall 2012-Spring 2016, Supervisor: Allen Risk.

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