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Meet Sofia, student from NCSSM

We have been fortunate enough to work with students from the North Carolina School of Science and Math for the past two years. Our current student, Sofia, has been keeping track of her experiences in the lab- she has been helping process samples for our mangrove experiments and samples for work based here in NC streams. If you’re interested in […]

By |October 17th, 2017|Categories: Undergraduate Research|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • salt and fungus presentation
  • Leaf lesion development results

Preliminary insights on how mangrove pathogen interacts with salt

We were fortunate enough to have a high school student from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics volunteer in our lab at NC State. She designed two experiments to help us understand how the fungus causing mangrove lesions interacts with salt, one of the abiotic stressors we think likely contributed to the mangrove die-off.

First, she tested if […]

By |May 8th, 2017|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Undergraduate Research|0 Comments

Undergraduate’s Perspective: The Life of Field Research

Research typically starts with asking a question and aims to end with a result…that will inevitably lead to more questions, comparable to a positive feedback loop. But the world of research is not easy, breezy, and beautiful (“Cover Girl”). Challenges await a researcher at every step of the process, from developing the question to the final product of publishing their […]

By |July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Coral, Undergraduate Research|Tags: , |0 Comments

Undergraduate’s Perspective: Coral Review

Stemming from my last post (see here), I briefly mentioned coral transplantation and the species I am studying. However, I failed to recognize that a year ago all of the terms, ideas, and experiments were a bunch of individual puzzle pieces that I struggled to put together to get the complete picture. I went to The Bahamas with limited […]

  • Abigail collecting data for red mangroves at the experiment site.
  • Chewed and diseased mangrove leaves.
  • Potential macro grazer.
  • Syringes filled with salt pellets near the roots of a flagged red mangrove tree.
  • Pore water extraction set up for salinity level testing.

Meet Abigail, an undergraduate from College of The Bahamas

See below for a guest post from College of The Bahamas student, Abigail Wallace. Thanks for your hard work, Abigail!

My name is Abigail Wallace and I am a Biochemistry undergraduate student at the College of The Bahamas in Freeport, Grand Bahama. This May, I assisted Ryann Rossi, a PhD candidate from NC State University, with her research on Red Mangrove […]

By |May 30th, 2016|Categories: Education, Undergraduate Research|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Undergraduate’s Perspective: My Second Field Season

My name is Elisabeth Frasch and I am an undergraduate student in Dr. Craig Layman’s lab. For my College of Natural Resources Enrichment Fund, I am creating blog posts to share with the general public and potential NC State students. I thought I would share them here as well for those who are interested. Enjoy!

The summer of 2016 marks my second adventure abroad in Abaco, The Bahamas. I say adventure because my 84 days here will not be a vacation, which most consider The Bahamas to be. I am here as a Ph.D.’s assistant and undergraduate researcher conducting my own experiment. So we can already cross out the mental images of lounging on a white sandy beach, getting a lovely tan while holding a fruity beverage, and leisurely reading a best selling novel. […]