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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Forest Team in the Research Garden?

This year's Forest Team has been setting up a project in one of the bays of the brand-new Tyson Research Garden. This research space allows teams to create a more controlled research environment than plots in the field, but gives more natural environmental variability than greenhouse experiments. Teams can set up shade structures, control how much rain reaches the ground within their bay, and hand-water with captured rainwater stored in nearby tanks.

July Forest Team TERFer Albert Wang (left, in bright green) helps set up a hoop house structure over the team's bay.
The Forest Team will be using this space to study sapling traits in order to inform future large-scale research projects that will be set up in the forest.

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