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Students and Faculty in the News
Interpretive Program at Olympic National Park
PMC Intern Tuesday Meredith leads an interpretive program at Olympic National Park. Tuesday and 20 other PMC interns are completing their 400 hours internships with various public and private agencies around the country.
McNair Scholar Presents Her Research
Congratulations to Amanda Woolley, a McNair Scholar and an undergraduate researcher working with C. B. Rajashekar, Professor in Food Crops and Phytochemicals. She presented her research on 'Nutritional Quality of Lettuce and Spinach in High Tunnels and Open Field' at the McNair Final Research Presentations. The research is on-going and is being conducted at the Willow Lake Student Farm.
Bear Cam Gives Researchers Insights into Human-Wildlife Connection
Jeff Skibins and Ryan Sharp, both Assistant Professors in Park Management & Conservation, are making national news with their 'Bear cam' study in Katmai National Park, Alaska. A new study centers on Katmai bears, but it's the people watching them both in the park and online who are the focus. Researchers are looking at how watching wildlife changes attitudes toward conservation. Click here for full story and links to the bear cams.
Research Along the Minnesota/Canada Border
Max Larreur, a graduate student working with Adam Ahlers, Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management, is conducting research along the Minnesota/Canada border. He and his undergraduate assistant (Spencer Wesche) are investigating how active wetland management (including hybrid cattail removal) affects wetland wildlife in the boundary waters.
Graduate Student Conducting a Study
Kyle Wait, a graduate student working with Adam Ahlers, Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management, is conducting a study that investigates carnivore distributions across urban-rural land use gradients in the Flint Hills. He currently has multiple trail cameras along transects in Manhattan and Junction City. Here is an great photo of a red fox doing his best to control the rabbit populations in the Manhattan suburbs.
Barden Continues International Exchange
Professor Charles Barden organizes a trip for international students to the Wamego Tulip Festival each spring, followed by a cookout at his home. Most of the students and interns were alumni from Zamorano University located in Honduras, although the students come from throughout Central and South America. He notes that the interns are here on a J-1 Visa, and one of the requirements to host a scholar on that type of visa, is to provide some American cultural experiences, hence the visit to the arts and crafts festival, to see a classic slice of Americana! This year 23 students and interns participated in the event! The cultural experience is a two-way street, with Barden providing the traditional U.S. cookout menu, while many of the students prepared favorite festival dishes from their own countries. Barden has traveled to Honduras numerous times, and he has attended the weddings of two of his former graduate students in that country.
K-Staters at Smith Gardens in Aurora, Oregon