Abstract-Spr17 CUR Quarterly: Undergraduate Learning from the Ground Up: Linking Belowground and Aboveground Diversity in Costa Rica

Keywords: Costa Rica ecology environmental science fieldwork lowland wet forests nutrient dynamics NSF REU

Author: Daniela Shebitz; William Eaton; Juyoung Ha
Institution: Kean University; Pace University
Issue and Volume: Spring 2017; Volume 37; Number 3

Description: Through an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant, 24 undergraduates (more than half from underrepresented demographic groups) addressed ecological and natural resource management questions within the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge between 2013 and 2015. Students worked with faculty mentors and researched vegetation, invertebrates, primates, soil microbial community structures, or soil biogeochemical characteristics within undamaged, damaged, or at-risk habitats.