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Biology Student Presentations

  • Friday, February 10, 2017
  • 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
  • Science Building 010

Patrick Jonker

Title: The Curb Cut Rain Garden Project: What We Know After a Year of Growth

Summary: What factors determine the relative success or failure of various native species planted in 13 curb cut rain gardens in the Alger Heights neighborhood? Does compost help?  We will explore these and other topics related to native curb cuts as an urban ecological restoration strategy.

Nathan Jansen

Title: Phenology and Floral Inventory at Flat Iron Lake Nature Preserve

Summary: Gifted to Calvin nearly a decade ago, Flat Iron Lake is a diverse Preserve serving home to over 250 species of flowering plants.  The preserve boasts a range of habitats including a restored native prairie, woods, swamps, and the small lake lake after which it is named.  The research conducted at the Preserve aims to better understand how plants respond to yearly weather and climate change, as well as, what implications this could have for Michigan's flora and fauna habitats in the future.

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