Cranberry Lake Biological Station

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Conference Proceeding

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student research, biology, Adirondacks


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. The top three research projects are recognized with the Shields Research Award, named after Dr. Bill Shields, a retired EFB faculty member who conducted many years of research at Cranberry Lake Biological Station.


First Place Shields Research Award: Camila Ferguson, Chloe Blaisdell, Sarah Lundy, and Michaela Tersmette

"Polyphemus pediculus survivorship in insect repellent treated water"

Second Place Shields Research Award: Ben Kosalek and Zach Davis

"The capacity for minnows to habituate to a chemical alarm signal without a predator"

Third Place Shields Research Award: Jessica Brown, Ingrid Forward, and Hannah Smith

"Tardigrada prevalence in moss cushion lifeforms between habitats at Cranberry Lake"



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