While each TERFer is embedded on a particular research team at Tyson and spends the majority of her/his working hours with that team, there are often opportunities to help on other projects. Wash U grad student Kate Waselkov has enlisted the TERFers to help her with maintenance on her research plot at Tyson while she travels to her other research sites. She is investigating the effects of Amaranthus tuberculatus (water hemp) a weedy invasive, on Midwestern soybean fields.
Garima Thakkar (l) and Dan Peipert (r) check on individual water hemp plants that have been planted between the rows of soybeans.
Dan holds the fence open for Dee Luo. Shorter TERFers definitely have an advantage entering and leaving the plot!
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.