Tyson Research Center participates in the Nutrient Network (NutNet), a global research cooperative to investigate alteration of global nutrient budgets and changes in the abundance and identify of consumers. The NutNet plots at Tyson are sampled in July and this year SIFTers helped identify and sort the plant samples.
SIFTers Adil Hassan (l) and Kelly Powderly (center) work with TERFer Alex Samuels (r) to sort plants into six categories.
Dr. Tiffany Knight (l) points out the differences in vegetation between the NutNet plots located in New Pond Field.
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.