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George Ironstack
Each spring, students and staff from the Myaamia Center and students and staff from the Western Program tap ten Sugar maple trees in Peabody Woods.
Elle Reece
White-tailed deer are the largest herbivores in the Eastern Deciduous forests with the biggest impact on the forest vegetation. Plants that deer prefer to eat can be negatively impacted by over consumption.
Wendy P. Tori
The goal of my project is to characterize the feathers used by Tree Swallows (and potentially Eastern Bluebirds) and examine the effects those feathers have on bird reproduction.
Michael Minnick
Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) is an invasive shrub of the eastern United States and found in great densities throughout the Miami University Natural Areas.
Adam Parlin
Turtles are ectothermic animals, meaning that the environmental conditions influence their body temperature. The goal of this study is to compare two methods of body temperature regulation: thermoconformity and thermoregulation
Becca King
Collage of 3 photos: the woods covered in honeysuckle, a student clearing honeysuckle, and the woods after being cleared of honeysuckleMiami University Natural Areas employee Becca King led groups of volunteers to three honeysuckle-dominated areas, teaching students about invasive species and effective removal strategies.
David Gorchov
Collage of 3 photos: Figure 1–A deer exclosure in the woods. Figure 2–Amur honeysuckle that has been eaten by deer. Figure 3–A student measuring the width of a tree.A major focus of my lab involves the interactions between invasive Amur honeysuckle shrubs and white-tailed deer, which are at much higher densities in the Natural Areas (and many parts of the U.S.) than they were before European-American settlement.
Bill Sparks
Bill Sparks, Assistant Director of the Rec Center's Outdoor Pursuit Center, is interviewed by Jim Reid, Field Manager of the Miami University Natural Areas.
Dr. Thomas C. H. Klak
Prairie GrassesWith over one thousand acres in the Natural Areas, they provide the opportunity to practically demonstrate what native prairie grasses look like and how to replicate them in our own environment.