Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Environmental Studies. This independent learning opportunity is designed to allow advanced students to delve into real-world research with faculty who are currently engaged in specific projects. The program will help students develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, written and oral communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills—all of which are of particular value for students who are pursuing a graduate degree, as well as for graduates who are already in the job market.
Carri LeRoyconducts research on linkages between terrestrial and aquatic environments. She is trained as a freshwater ecologist and primarily studies in-stream ecosystem processes and aquatic communities. She and her students do fieldwork and lab work to understand organic matter processing, aquatic macroinvertebrate community structure, aquatic microbial community structure (algae, bacteria, fungi), hydrological variables, and water-quality measurements in stream and river environments. Students will have opportunities to design studies, collect data, learn statistical analysis methods, interpret results, create figures, and write scientific papers. Students in this program will be involved in research projects in the lab, and in streams on the campus forest reserve and elsewhere in the region. See Dr. LeRoy's website for more information: https://sites.evergreen.edu/carrileroy/.
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Ecology, Environmental Science, and Conservation Biology