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.

Monday, October 28, 2013

TERFers present to the public!

On Saturday, October 26, the TERFers had a significant presence at the WUSTL Fall 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium in Olin Library on the Danforth Campus.  Their 11 posters were indistinguishable from those of the undergraduates and made up 5% of the total posters in the symposium.  Many visitors were surprised to learn the TERFers were high school students after hearing their well-practiced research presentations.

Hannah Kruse getting ready for her first talk about the effects of fire on the germination and survivorship of two invasive plant species.
Thomas Van Horn explains measurement of herbivory on three invasive plant species.
Andrew Feltmann discusses differences in deer usage to Anna Liang, an undergraduate who also spent the summer conducting research at Tyson.
George Garner shares data indicating removal of invasive garlic mustard affects recruitment of woody plants.
Ellen Sulser and Adam Vorel take a break from explaining their tree multi-stems research in the Tyson Forest Dynamics Plot.
Courtney Vishy discusses her research of human impacts on exotic plant species abundance.
Ben Banet gets to sit down on the job because of his recent appendix removal. Such dedication to sharing his research on box turtle home range!
Adam Rangwala and Maddy Herries are ready for questions about the St. Louis Box Turtle Project.
Leyna Stemle explains the differences in data patterns for her research into plant extinctions in newly restored glades.
TERF undergraduate intern Emily Stein is ready to tell you all about her informal science education projects from the summer.
It is wonderful to see support from members of the Tyson summer community!
Adam Rangwala and Maddie Herries take turns explaining box turtle health data.
The Turtle Tracking TERFers with mentor Dr. Stephen Blake

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