Partnered Programs Engaging Teens in Authentic Field Research
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.
One of the more messy teams out at Tyson has got to be the Aquatics Team. This team works on a variety of projects all focused on aquatic ecosystems. The TERFer on the Aquatic Team this summer is Jacqueline Sotraidis. Being on this team, Jacqueline has gotten the chance to work on multiple research projects. The projects she has been on has varied from aquatic plant biodiversity to survival rates with prey species insects and predators such as amphibians.
Jacqueline has expressed how much she's enjoyed working with the Aquatics Team. The team is fun to be with and they always have a good time even though they are doing messy work. Besides just getting the chance to play with frogs, she has taken an interest in one project in particular. The project she has been most interested in is Dr. Kevin Smith's, assistant director of Tyson. He has been working on a project that studies the concentration of prey species in large and small ponds when a predator is introduced into the ecosystem. Jacqueline helped not only set up this project, but she will also be working on sampling the experimental ponds.
Jacqueline samples out of a chimney in this duck weed infested pond.