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Photo of Starry Sprenkle demonstrating the use of a new GPS unit to her staffers.

Starry Sprenkle demonstrates the use of a new GPS unit to her staffers. The unit will help her program build a database of more than 2,000 tree plots planted over the past four years. As Sprenkle and her staffers stand in one such plot, note the rocky soil at their feet.

Credit: Starry Sprenkle, Department of Plant Sciences, UC-Davis


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Photo of Sprenkle and her staffers measuring positions and heights of 2.5-year-old trees.

Starry Sprenkle and her staffers measure positions and heights of 2.5-year-old trees (mahogany in the foreground) planted on a steep slope. The researchers are standing in a microcatchment that captures rainfall and allows it to sink into the ground above the trees.

Credit: Starry Sprenkle, Department of Plant Sciences, UC-Davis


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Photo of Starry Sprenkle viewing her first publication with her first child.

Starry Sprenkle's first publication coincided with the birth of her first child, Jasmine Fritz Hyppolite.

Credit: Valli Power


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