Biology students to present research

Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009

JUNEAU - Nine students from around the nation will present their findings today after a 10-week long research project on various issues of marine biology and coastal ecology of Southeast Alaska.

The program, Research Experience for Undergraduates, offers students a chance to participate in detailed scientific study. Students create research projects, collect data and present findings at a seminar.

The students will present their research at a free seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast.

The students hail from schools in Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona. They research a large variety of topics from a commercial species of crabs to effects of a persistent pollutant on shellfish in Hoonah.

Two UAS students were a part of this year's program. Nicole Jensen did a study on pregnant humpback whales and Tyler Linderoth observed the Coast Range Sculpin for background color matching and attack frequency.

Research Experience for Undergraduates is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. It's the tenth year of the program, which received it's third grant to carry it through two more years.

This year saw 157 applicants for nine spots. Some participants will go on to present their findings at professional conferences.

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