2014 Student Research Awards
Six undergraduate students receive conservation research awards
undergraduate students will receive small awards to support their research in
the Northern Marian Islands, as the result of gift to the NAU Foundation by a
faculty member. The students are participants in the Northern Mariana Islands
Program, a hands-on education and research program in wildlife conservation and
ecology offered through NAU’s Field Experiences in Conservation Biology.
NAU Department of Biological Sciences students Kahlen Darr,
Jenna Garrett, Christina McIntire, Adriana Nimer, Karah Roof, and Janice Talley
received the research awards. The students’ research ranges from assessing the
effects of invasive vines on native plant diversity to human impacts on the
organisms living in ocean sediment.
A U.S. Commonwealth,
the Northern Mariana Islands are an archipelago that encompasses 14 islands in
the western Pacific Ocean. The islands and their wildlife are facing a wide
array of conservation challenges, including invasive species, land development, and
coral reef bleaching among others. Student research will focus on efforts to
address pressing conservation challenges.
gift is the first of its kind to the program, but we hope that it will jump-start
giving from donors who are interested in promoting learning and research in the
area of conservation ecology,” said Dr. Russell Benford, Program Director of
NAU’s Field School in Conservation Ecology and Assistant Research Professor.
Field Experience in Conservation
Biology is a faculty-led study abroad program sponsored by the Center for International Education and the
Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research.
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