Professor Starry received her PhD from the University of Maryland in College Park where she utilized wireless sensor technology to study the ecophysiology of succulent plants typically found on ecoroofs in the Lea-Cox lab. Prior to this, she was an NSF-IGERT trainee at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. She has held positions with the State of PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston. She also holds an MS in stream ecology from Virginia Polytechnic and State University as well as a BA/MS in Environmental Studies from American University in Washington DC.
The purpose of my research is to create a methodological framework for measuring runoff flow from an experimental greenroof platform on PSU campus. This involves identifying appropriate equipment based on greenroof geometry and local rainfall trends. Alternative methods will be compared to find the most accurate method for future students to readily collect greenroof runoff measurements
Tyler Robin is a chemistry major, Build EXITO, and McNair scholar with an interest in environmental sciences, food justice, and sustainability. Tyler is currently working on a study is to compare heavy metal content found in spinach growing on ground and roof sites at the Portland State University campus.