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.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SIFTers work with the Natural Enemies Team at Tyson

SIFTers help the Natural Enemies team look at above ground plant-pathogen interactions in a large mesocosm experiment at Tyson Research Center. They first assisted undergraduate fellow Sarah Stockman who is looking into phenology traits of tallgrass prairie species receiving different treatments in the mesocosm experiment. They then helped Aspen Workman, SIFT & TERF alumni, conduct a census of the types of pathogens that are damaging plants and the severity of the damages compared to plants in different growing conditions.

San Kwon (left) and Kayla Wallace (right) taking data for the Natural Enemies Team.
San Kwon taking phenology data for the Natural Enemies Team.
Kayla Wallace working with Aspen Workman (left) to take plant pathogen data.
Kayla Wallace learning data collection techniques from Sarah Stockman (right).

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