|L-R: Anna and Jackie (undergrads), Adam (TERFer), Jonathan Meyers (Washington University faculty), Maranda (technician), Dev and Micaela (undergrads), and Ellen.|
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 28, 2013
As the June TERF session draws to a close, the TERFers are getting a little nostalgic about the good times they had with their teams. Ellen, TERFer on the Forest Team, found the perfect way to capture her month at Tyson:
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This SIFTers of summer 2013 continued the Thursday night training week tradition of "Dinner with Scientists", a night when field biologists at various stages in their careers visit the students to discuss what they do, how they got there, and what they'll do next. This gives the SIFTers an opportunity to hear about the field, get advice about education, and ask their own questions.
|Dr. James Trager photobombs a happy moment between Cassandra Galluppi (WUSTL undergrad and SIFT&TERF alumna), SIFT instructor Aileen Abbott, and Emily Stein (WUSTL undergrad and SIFT&TERF alumna).|
|The panel introductions|
|Paleoethnobotanist Dr. Catrina Adams visits with SIFTers. As a former SIFT instructor, Catrina always agrees to participate in "Dinner with Scientists".|
|A pair of SIFT&TERF alumnae who are now seniors at Washington University share their stories of continued involvement in field research at Tyson Research Center.|
|Chris Maussert-Mooney, field technician at Tyson Research Center, explains his work on the experimental glades and upcoming plans for graduate school.|
SIFT and TERF cohorts 1-4 may be over, but the students have far from disappeared! In fact, nearly half of the current undergraduate-level interns at Tyson are alumni of the program.
- Tess Rogers, Bee Team
- Cassandra Gallupi, Glade Team
- Emily Stein, TERF intern
- Taylor Rohan, Prairie Technician
- Alex Samuels, Prairie Technician
- Dev Harrington, Forest Team
- Brendan Hellebusch, Bee Team
- Julia Steger, Glade Team
- Maddy Willis, Glade Team
- Tom Collins, Fire Team
- Tyler Pokoski, Invasive Plants Team
|Cohort 1 is in the house! (l to r) Katie Seidler (TERF undergrad intern for Cohort 1); Cohort 1 alumnae Emily Stein, Cassandra Galluppi, and Tess Rogers; Susan Flowers|
|Brendan Hellebusch (Cohort 3) visits with Lauren Eveland, a former member of the Tyson prairie team who is now a grad student at Texas Tech in the lab of Bill Resetarits.|
Friday, June 14, 2013
Today the Turtle Tracking Team has been hard at work developing a Facebook Page to showcase their project. This page will keep other researchers, students, and turtle enthusiasts updated on the project with updates on turtle tracking and turtle health. You can check it out at St. Louis Box Turtle Project!
|L-R: TERFer Maddy, undergrad Olivia, and TERFer Adam watch the followers climb on their newly launched St. Louis Box Turtle Project page.|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
|Maddy uses radio equipment to track a tagged turtle in Forest Park.|
We hit the ground running when Eileen found a new turtle in one of the denser areas of vegetation in the park. Jamie, Maddy, and Adam added the new turtle, which they named Atticus, to the roster (each region of Forest Park has a pair of turtles tagged, so Atticus already has a counterpart: Agatha).
|Adam and Jamie take measurements of Atticus before tagging him.|
Monday, June 3, 2013
Welcome to summer! This June 3-28, TERFers will be taking their places on research teams at Tyson, where they will spend the month learning hands-on what it means to be a field ecologist. Let's meet the gang, shall we?
Turtle Tracking Team
Invasive Plants Team
- Leyna Stemle, Marquette HS
- George Garner, Horton Watkins HS
- Andrew Feltmann, St. Francis Borgia HS
Turtle Tracking Team
- Adam Rangwala, Clayton
- Maddie Herries, Nerinx Hall
Invasive Plants Team
- Hannah Kruse, Fort Zumwalt North HS
- Jonathan Winkler, Christian Brothers College HS
- Ellen Sulser, Kirkwood HS
- Adam Vorel, Euerka HS