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Students take ecology field trip
22 December 2005

BISMARCK, ND - Two students from the United Tribes Tribal Environmental Science program recently attended an ecology field trip to a research station near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Micki Lindeman and Marla Collins visited the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Station.

      The visit was sponsored by SEEDS (Strategies for Ecological Education, Development, and Sustainability), a college-level minority student national organization. Micki and Marla were competitively selected from a pool of over 50 applicants. Seventeen other students attended from colleges and universities located from Guam to Puerto Rico.

Student group
Micki Lindeman and Marla Collins, standing 5th and 6th from left, are seen in the student group that visited the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research station near Albuquerque, NM. UTN photo Mike Collins.

      During the three day excursion, Marla had the opportunity to discuss her undergraduate research project with Dr. Scott Collins, Sevilleta LTER Director, and Nancy Grimm, Ecological Society of America president, receiving invaluable advice and coaching.

      Micki observed graduate researchers at the University of New Mexico actively engaged in a wide variety of ecology related research projects, ranging from desert to Antarctic ecosystems. She was singled out for recognition of her outstanding field note-taking.

      I was one of three professors selected as a field trip faculty advisor. This was our second SEEDS fieldtrip. The first was in June 2005 to the Biological Research Station, aka "Bug Camp," Pellston, Michigan.

      A future field trip planned for early June will be to the Konza Tallgrass Prairie Long Term Ecological Research Station in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

      Minority college students interested in ecology are encouraged to apply to SEEDS for this opportunity. Contact Michael Collins at X1322 for additional information.


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