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Biology and Environmental Science News

Date: Mar 2015

Dr. Keith Johnson, Diamonique Clark (ENV '16), and Jessica Kim (BIO '15) recently travelled to Quebec City in Quebec, Canada to present their research on the “Presence and Diversity of Marine Life on Artificial and Natural Reefs in the Chesapeake Bay” at the Xth Benthic Ecology Meeting. Their work was completed as part of the Stevenson Reef Ball Project, in which all freshman School of the Sciences majors participate, making concrete reef balls that are deposited in the Chesapeake Bay to help rebuild reef habitat for marine life. A portion of Dr. Johnson's research focuses on recording the diversity of organisms inhabiting the artificial reef in order to determine whether it is having the desired effect.

Guest speakers Robert Mead and Steve Castrogiovanni from MEAD Tree and Turf Care Inc. spoke to Dr. Norris’ Forestry class (ENV 260) about how to safely climb trees. MEAD Tree and Turf Care Inc. provides basic tree services for residential customers. This presentation allowed students to learn the basics of tree climbing safety, which is important knowledge for anyone interested in Forestry.

A group of students and faculty traveled to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to see the Body World: Animals Inside Out exhibit. All students were invited to join the trip. The exhibit allowed students to explore the zoology, biology, and physiology of wild, domestic, and exotic animals. It also allowed students to gain a greater understanding of diversity in the animal kingdom.

Congratulations to Siobhan Wroten (BIO ’09) who was recently promoted to Team Leader of Anatomic Pathology at Sinai Hospital. In her new role, Siobhan works with many of the researchers at the hospital on various research projects. She is excited about her new position and the unique opportunities that have opened up for her. As a result, Siobhan is also paying it forward by helping to open additional research opportunities for Stevenson students at Sinai Hospital. Congratulations and Thank You!

Dr. Samuel Obae took his BIO 210 students outside this week for a lab activity where they collected various leaves for identification. The purpose of the lab was to familiarize students with the external and internal features of a monocot and dicot leaf, so that they will be able to identify the different types of leaves and their phyllotaxy (arrangement) on the stem.  This exercise is particularly significant for aspiring botanists, as it provides them with the necessary skills for proper identification of plant specimens.

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