My name is Kiri Fisher, a fourth year student from University College Dublin, studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Botany and Zoology.
My Last Frontier was created to function as a story of my journey to Alaska this August as part of a research team from UCD which will investigate whether future changes in plant physiology, driven by rising levels of carbon dioxide, will enhance global runoff and flooding risk.
This will be achieved by investigating if forest transpiration (water loss) has decreased over the past 30 years of atmospheric CO2 rise from sites representing all of the world biomes/climate zones.
This research will be conducted over the course of several years in many countries. I will be travelling with the team to one of these biomes, as a field assistant, to carry out this research in Alaska’s boreal forest biome and I’m extremely excited to be a part of the team and help with this work.
Here I will be recounting the most important elements of our work as well as sharing my other experiences of the last frontier along the way.