Avery Lamb — Environmental Science/Anthropology


The goal of Avery’s undergraduate research is to investigate the influence of soil type and native plants in rain gardens on the removal of phosphorus through two growth seasons. Residential rain gardens are attractive storm water practices that slow storm water runoff and provide for increased infiltration. They are typically constructed using the native soil in the surrounding location. Soil type and plant selection may affect the rain garden’s absorption capacity of phosphorus. Thus, there is a need to evaluate the potential of rain gardens for phosphorus pollution removal in different soils and with a variety of plants.

Avery’s project will focus on the impact of phosphorus on plant growth in the rain gardens. By evaluating and hopefully discerning the improvement in quality of phosphorus-spiked water, the research can be applied to best management practices for local landscapers in the hopes of improving the Alabama streams, rivers, bays and wetlands that Avery has called home. She is utilizing this research experience to prepare her for a career in environmental protection.

Project Title: Plant Growth and Physiology of Rain Garden Plants in Two Soil Types
Mentors: Dr. Eve Brantley, Environmental Sciences; Dr. Amy Wright, Horticulture; Dr. Julie Howe, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences