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, September 14, 2015

TERFers hard at work on scientific posters

An important part of the TERF program that happens after the summer is over is work on scientific posters. Communicating the results of research is critical to the forward movement of science. Since TERFers have spent four weeks collecting data as field scientists, their next step is to communicate their findings the same way that scientists do.

July TERFer Liz Rand listens to Dr. Stephen Blake explain how to organize data for her poster on ambient temperature and daily movement of radio-tagged box turtles.

July TERFer Aspen Workman (left) and technician Amibeth Thompson work together to analyze data for differences in fitness between native and exotic plant species.

Dr. Stephen Blake works with Turtle Team TERFers Claire Kosola (left), Katie Buatois, (center), and Liz Rand (right).

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