Field Ecology on Mount St. Helens
Posted 1 year ago by Cynthia Chang
School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
Primary PI Name : Cynthia Chang
Email : email@example.com
Phone : 425-352-5123
Project/Faculty Website : http://cynthiacchang.weebly.com/explorations.html
Research Location : Location Varies
Project Goals : We are studying plant succession on Mount St. Helens (Washington) since the 1980 volcanic eruption. By examining patterns of species abundance through time and matching important ecological traits, we hope to understand how ecosystems recover from major disturbance events.
Student Responsibilities : Lab work: process plant and soil samples, analyze field data and field pictures, literature review Field work (occurs in the summer time): collect plant and soil samples, build experimental shade cloth shelters, map plants, take digital pictures of plant communities, measure plant traits, assess plant species abundance (note: requires camping and the ability to hike a lot and work outdoors in potentially inclement weather).
Time Frame : Includes some summer commitment.