This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.

Monday, June 16, 2008

SIFT Session 1 Day 4 Dinner with Scientists

After a much needed late afternoon break, the SIFTers had dinner and discussion time with five practicing field scientists from Tyson Research Center. Despite our concerns that it might make for an awkward interaction, the conversations flowed freely. The scientists did a great job of putting the SIFTers at ease and answered questions about their research projects, their lifestyles, and their future plans.

Dr. Jon Chase, director of Tyson Research Center and project PI, tackles the "puffin or penguin" debate as an ice breaker with the SIFTers.


Post-doctoral fellow Dr. Jean Burns explains her journey to becoming an ecologist.


Graduate student Wade Ryberg talks about his studies of collared lizards.