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Chestnut Resurgence Takes Root

chestnut planting photo

With the planting on Friday, April 22, of approximately 1,200 saplings, Eastern Kentucky University joined in a “noble and exciting” effort to restore the American chestnut tree to its past glory.

Student winners in research presentations at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences meeting

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Three undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences won awards at this year’s annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, with an additional three current or former students as co-authors! In addition, one of our graduate students won an award as well. Be sure to congratulate them on a job well done!

Undergraduate students

Outstanding students receive awards at BIOS Honors Day

2015 outstanding student honorees

Several high-achieving students were recently honored with the following awards:

Congratulations to several graduate students for research funding

Graduate students in Richter lab

Congratulations to John Bourne, Kari Dupler, and Audrey McTaggart, who were recently awarded grants to support their Master’s thesis research focused on amphibians in streams and wetlands. John received a $3650 grant from the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute to support his research of the effects of mountaintop mining on amphibian and macroinvertebrate communities.

Prescribed fire training in action

Becky Bloomfield participates in a prescribed burn at Shaker Village.

Students from the EKU Wildlife Management program recently completed training to work on prescribed fires, and are now volunteering across the state to gain valuable field experience.

EKU BIOS Students Mentor Middle and High School Students at Girls in STEM Conference

Middle School students participate in STEM Conference

On June 7, Dr. Rebekah Waikel and her lab of BIOS undergraduate and graduate students took part in the Girls in STEM Conference held at EKU's New Science Building.

Drs. Brown and Richter Receive EPA Grant

EKU Department of Biological Sciences receives EPA wetland conservation grant

Doctors Stephen Richter and David Brown received a grant for $383,000 from the Kentucky Division of Water and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a rapid Wetland Assessment Method for Kentucky (WAM).

Grads got grants!

Sue King and Rob Denton

Sue King and Rob Denton, members of the MECA lab, received a $1000 Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Scholarship for aquatic ecosystem conservation and education. These funds will help support their research on amphibians in natural and constructed wetlands.

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