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Spying on eavesdroppers

REU student Camya Robinson offers a glimpse into a typical day of animal behavior field research 

I’m not sure where I’m going, but I love where I’ve gotten

REU student Amanda Jackson Mojica tells us about her journey in the sciences and gives a taste of her summer research looking at the role of riparian zones in mitigating or facilitating freshwater pollution.

Do hungry bugs stress nitrogen-fixers? Make like an insect to find out.

REU student Ava Adler tells us about her summer project looking at nitrogen-fixing plants in the temperate zone.

My project versus the scientific method: Making it work

REU student Corinne Johnson tells us about her research experience in Vilas County, Wisconsin.

Related Projects

Comp Hydro

The Comp Hydro project addresses one of the most daunting challenges to developing scientific literacy in students: integrating teaching and learning of key ideas and practices of place-based environmental science with computational and quantitative science in authentic, innovative and effective ways.

Explaining and Fostering Interest in Ecology

The vitality of the field of ecology depends upon a diverse and well-trained workforce. The ways we frame problems, seek solutions and apply knowledge depend upon having a scientific community with diverse strengths, perspectives, thinking styles, backgrounds, interests and concerns. 

Data and the Nature of Science

Incorporating secondary data into ecology can provide students with a way of supporting their claims from smaller research projects and connecting their work with the real world. In addition to providing units that include secondary data, these materials also highlight the ecological nature of science by providing lessons that help students think like an ecologist.        

Place and Local Ecosystems

It is known that grounding educational practice in a local ecosystem provides students with the ability to see the relevance and context of what they are learning, and to become more engaged in the learning process.  We have developed a number of our curriculum and professional development projects with these ideas in mind.

Ecological Literacy

Ecosystem is one of the most enduring and powerful concepts in ecology. How can people become adept at thinking about and understanding ecosystems? We have been collaborating with scientists and educators to more clearly define these and related goals for ecology education, and then to develop metrics for assessing literacy among various groups.

REU Program

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program - a summer opportunity for environmental science students. 

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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