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Student selected for research fellowship
27 March 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - Marla Striped Face-Collins (Standing Rock) is one of three students selected for a 2006-07 Ecological Society of America (ESA) SEEDS Program undergraduate fellowship. Collins is a student in Tribal Environmental Science at United Tribes Technical College.

      The fellowship is for students interested in pursuing an ecology career and have who have gained some experience in the field.

Dr. Carol Johnston and Marla Collins
Marla Collins at right, with mentor Dr. Carol Johnston

      SEEDS fellows conduct a year-long independent ecological research project with the help of a mentor scientist.

      Collins recently traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend a workshop and meet her mentor scientist, Dr. Carol Johnston, Director of the Center for Bio-complexity Studies, at SDSU.

      "I'm very excited to start my research with Dr. Johnston," said Collins.

      Collins will study the relationship between bison, prairie dogs and beaver, the Northern Great Plains ecosystem climate variations, and the impact on water quality and quantity. Her hypothesis is that the near-extinction of the three species may have had a measurable negative influence on the local and regional climate.

      The ESA SEEDS program offers undergraduate research fellowships for students underrepresented in the field of ecology. Collins was selected from a candidate pool of more than 50 students nationwide.


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