Are Constructed Wetlands Really for Plants?

Juniors John Hancock and Erin Wilkerson competed in the second annual UTK Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. John and Erin presented a poster entitled "Constructed Wetlands: Are Plants Accounted For?" in the Engineering Division of the competition, and tied for first place. Their poster described their research into the plant processes important in constructed wetlands, and argued that several critical processes, such as nutrient uptake and oxygen translocation, are currently ignored in wetland design guidelines. John and Erin were mentored by Dr. D. Raj Raman, who is conducting research into pollutant removal by highly loaded constructed wetlands. In addition to their analyses and poster presentation, both students have run experiments on nine constructed wetland mesocosms for the past year.
Dr. D. Raj Raman

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