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:

Jodie Schoelkopf, Emma Livingston, Mia Eddy, Megan Ferreira

Mighty Moss: The water-holding capacity, heat retention, and debris content of local moss genera in relation to its use as a traditional diaper material

Second Place Shields Research Award:

Hope Mahon, Aaron Goodell, Andrew Franceschini, Gwen Stark

Plankton: I don't know, I didn't think we'd get this far

Third Place Shields Research Award:

Neyra Benoit, Ben Czapranski, Dwight Hospedales, Justin LaCorte

The Response of American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) to The Urine of Distressed Conspecifics



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