The five ecology students from the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates project spent a day collecting fish on the Mississippi River with gill nets.
EAST ALTON — Throughout the summer, students with the 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) project, funded through a National Science Foundation grant, conducted archaeological and ecological fieldwork and laboratory analysis.
“These students have come together to bridge topics in archaeology and ecology through new interdisciplinary perspectives that challenge how we look at human-environmental interactions in this region,” said Carol Colaninno, principal investigator for the project.
The Center for American Archeology, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and Illinois State Museum invite researchers, students, educators and the public to view research poster presentations of the REU students’ findings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station, 1 Confluence Way, East Alton. Light refreshments will be served.
The culmination of their research efforts will be presented in the first symposium, “Understanding Temporal Variability among Fish Populations and Communities at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers through the Integration of Archeological and Ecological Perspectives.”
“Please join us to learn about this unique program and the innovative research our students have conducted,” the center’s Director of Environmental Education and Citizen Science Natalie Marioni said. “This is a terrific opportunity for the community to support students in their scientific endeavors while learning a little more about the ecology and archeology of our region. This also will be a great chance for other interested college students to learn more about the National Science Foundation REU in anticipation of applying next year.”
For information, contact Marioni at (618) 468-2783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is a partnership of Lewis and Clark Community College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, visit www.ngrrec.org.