It would be difficult to do meaningful science on hugelkultur. Too many variables involved.
It would also take several years for the hugel to mature to the point of having measurable results.
Most undergrad students are not looking for multi-year projects. They usually want something that they can quantify before the semester's end, and this would be a project more for summer evaluation.
Science moves slowly, especially if it flies-in-the-face of the funding that the university is receiving (from industrial ag).
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