Cranberry Lake Biological Station

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Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (EFB202) is the one of the keystone courses in the Environmental and Forest Biology curriculum. Students enrolled in this immersive course live at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station for three weeks. During the first two weeks of the course, students study a wide variety of taxonomic groups of organisms, and are introduced to a broad range of field, laboratory and analytical methods. Students then complete a group research project during the third and final week of the course. The research projects require proficiency in field sampling methods, basic experimental design and statistical analysis, and the ability to cooperatively solve problems.

The course culminates in a research symposium during which groups present their findings to their peers and a panel of judges.


First Place Shields Research Award:

Audrey Sellepack, Jenna Holakovsky, Alexandra Grove, Joseph Retelskyj

"Avian aggression levels in response to the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) alarm call in edge habitats around Cranberry Lake Biological Station"

Second Place Shields Research Award:

Alex Dogonniuck, Michael Greener, Marissa Lathrop, Adam Loomis, Madison Morley

"Carnivorous Chaos: A Comparison Study of Number of Attractions by Prey for Roundleaf Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia L.) and Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)"

Photo by Artist in Residence John Wesley Mannion



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