OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Amanda Allen-Kahl: digging into undergraduate research

Senior natural resources student Amanda Allen-Kahl climbs up a slope cut from the reddish-brown earth below her feet and hops down into a pit in the soil. It looks as if a bulldozer took a bite out of the ground, exposing layers of various-colored dirt. Allen-Kahl picks up a clod and rolls it between her fingertips. She explains that the red dirt is called a B horizon, but she says it’s difficult to be sure.

“The way to actually tell [what it is,] is to put it in your hand, get it wet and do a ribbon test,” she says.

The non-traditional student moved her family to Corvallis from Bend to study natural resources.

Read more about Amanda in the Fall 2016 Focus.