It turns out that SIFTers (and TERFers, for that matter) are very good at sifting and sorting through plant biomass samples from the 102 experimental prairie plots at Tyson Research Center. Dr. Tiffany Knight and her prairie research team spent several days guiding SIFTers through plant identification as they processed all of the samples and got them ready for the drying oven.
The 2011 Prairie Team: (l tor) TERFer Alex Samuels, McKendree undergrad Lauren Eveland, Dr. Tiffany Knight, TERFer Brendan Hellebusch, McKendree undergrad Brandyn Snider, TERFer Taylor Rohan, TERFer Lena Bohman (not pictured McKendree undergrad Kelli Lewis)
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.