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.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

TERFers present at WUSTL Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

All the hard work on scientific posters has paid off!

The TERFers presented the results of their summer research on Saturday, October 10 at the Washington University Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Elizabeth Poor, Clayton High School '17, Novel functional traits aid the success of the invasive biennial Carduus nutans

Aspen Workman, Kirkwood High School '17, Competitive release may increase the fitness of exotic plants in their novel range
Bailee Warsing, Granite City High School '16, Urban box turtles have a higher prevalence of physical lesions than rural box turtles
Claire Kosola, Lafayette High School '16, The abundance of two box turtle food types, ground vegetation and earthworms, are similar in urban and rural sites
Jenita Larry, Hazelwood West High School '16, The importance of soil microbes for functional traits of Ratibida pinnata and Echinacea purpurea (Asteraceae)
Jolena Pang, Clayton High School '16, Interactive effects of resource level and invasion on mosquito abundance
Katie Buatois, Eureka High School '16, Comparison of urban and rural box turtles shows no difference in Body Condition Index
Lexie Beckermann, Eureka High School '17, Interactive effects of resource level and invasion on mosquito abundance
Liz Rand, Parkway North High School '17, Ambient temperature differences during the hottest month does not affect daily linear displacement in box turtles

It was wonderful to have some familiar faces come out in support of the TERFers and Tyson undergraduate fellows presenting summer research!

Dr. Jonathan Myers and Adam Vorel (SIFT & TERF alumnus!)
Tyson undergraduate fellows (left to right) Thomas Van Horn (SIFT & TERF alumnus!), Ted Little, Molly Kuhs, and Diana Jerome
Tyson undergrad fellow (and SIFT & TERF alumna!) Brenda Alvarado presented research on the effects of exotic plant species on pollination.
Two-time Tyson undergrad fellow Bri Tiffany presented research from the St. Louis Box Turtle Project.
Tyson undergrad fellows Evan Alger-Meyer and Diane Jerome presented research from the Tyson Forest Plot.
Tyson undergrad fellow Molly Kuhs presented results of collaborative research between the Knight and Mangan Labs.