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Yang Gao Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Yang Gao presented her Plant Sciences Doctoral Exit Seminar on December 18. Her research investigated tolerance of grass species to crude oil and drill cutting contamination in the soil at both germination and maturity.
Yang Gao Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Yang Gao (left) with adviser Dr. Deying Li

Yang Gao Dissertation Video

Yang Gao presented her Plant Sciences Ph.D. Exit Seminar on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Her research is titled Phytoremediation of Soils Contaminated by Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Operations Using Grass Species. Gao investigated tolerance of grass species to crude oil and drill cutting contamination in the soil at both germination and maturity. The tolerant species were selected for potential use as remediation agents for soil contaminated by oil and gas drilling and production operations.

Gao is from China, where she received her B.S. before being accepted at North Dakota State University. She completed her M.S. at NDSU in 2011. She chose NDSU because of its strong research background in agriculture. She says, “The education I got here equips me with endless possibilities toward my future career.”

She plans to return to China to look for a job and continue her research.

Yang Gao’s graduate committee included Dr. Marisol Berti, Dr. Alan Zuk, Dr. Marinus Otte, and Dr. Wei Lin. Her adviser was Dr. Deying Li.

Source: Yang Gao (contact Dr. Deying Li, 701-231-8037, deying.li@ndsu.edu)
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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