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McPherson SEEDS at McPherson College

 

Chapter Information

  • Academic Year: 2012-2013
  • Chapter Website (if applicable):
  • Chapter email(if applicable):

 

Advisor Information

  • Jonathan Frye, Chair and Professor of Natural Science
  • Email: fryej@mcpherson.edu

 

Chapter Activities

 

A descriptive summary of each of the major Chapter activities (seminars/workshops, field trips, fundraisers, outreach/community service, etc.) during the past academic year. The activity, the timeframe, and the persons involved (Chapter members, campus, school students, community, etc.). People who were included and served, and how many.

This past academic year was the first for the McPherson College SEEDS chapter. Our major project was a class/trip to Puerto Rico for 16 days in January 2013. While there we established collaborative relationships with students and faculty in the UPR system, with scientists at the NSF-LTER Luquillo site, with scientists at the International Institute for Tropical Forestry (IITF), and with the non-profit environmental organization GAIA. We worked with these groups to establish permanent research plots in the Northeast Ecological Corridor, and to conduct a preliminary forest survey there. This week (final exam week at McPherson College) our Puerto Rican counterparts are tagging all of the trees in the research plot. We plan a long-term project with them. (Please see the attached, jointly developed research proposal)

Two of our student members (Emily James and Torey Fry) attended the ESA-SEEDS Leadership Meeting this past February in New Orleans.

What best describes the activities of your chapter this past academic year?

Environmental Stewardship, Field Trips, Research

A summary of the Chapter’s ideas or plans for the next academic year.

We plan to recruit new members from the freshman class, and to return to our research project in Puerto Rico in January 2014.