Last week, the STEM Center’s 2018 REU students presented their summer research at the Mississippi River Research Consortium. Student presentation topics focused on examining long-term archaeological and ecological data sets to explore patterns in these data sets that might be consistent with expectations of anthropogenic influences on fish communities in the Upper Mississippi River. Students research projects included exploring changes in fish species representation over the last 2,000 years that may indicate changes in sedimentation rates, the occurrence of planktivorous fishes, floodplain connectivity, submerged aquatic vegetation, and human fishing pressures. The students did an outstanding job communicating what they learned over the summer of 2018, how they conducted their research, and the results and conclusions. We would especially like to congratulate two of our students, Courtney Camp and Olivia Mullenax, for receiving second place in the student poster competition!
In June, the STEM Center will welcome our 2019 cohort of REU students. We are very excited to be working with these students over the summer as they learn more about deep-time human influences in the Upper Mississippi River System and explore local archaeology and river ecology. Stay tuned for more 2019 REU updates!