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.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Glade Team

Maddie Willis and Julia Steger in one of the experimental Tyson glades.

This year the Glade Team took on two TERFers to help with this large scale experimental restoration project. Maddie Willis and Julia Steger were very involved in the numerous glade research projects throughout the month of June. While helping collect data about the species of plants and animals in the glades, they also helped write up a curriculum for middle school students. The curriculum will educate students about the importance of glades and how restoration works.

The glade project is led by Dr. Tiffany Knight and Holly Bernardo and is aimed at better understanding of management techniques for restoring glades. The project includes 32 experimental glades of various shapes and sizes, both on site at Tyson and off site at Beaumont Scout Ranch and Claverach Farm and Winery. By investigating different sizes and shapes, they hope to see how edginess (area to perimeter ratio) might play a role in the number of species inhabiting the glade.

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