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Research Projects


Research Projects is an area for researchers, teachers and students interested in conducting collaborative research. These investigations require "doing the work" to understand natural phenomenon. Areas of investigation include both spatial and temporal components and require the collaboration of many sites. This forum serves as a tool to carry out this work. The results of these investigations add significantly to our understanding of the natural world.
High School cDNA Sequencing Project
This project is designed to give high school students experience in using the techniques and tools currently being used in the Human Genome Project. There are many techniques that are currently being taught to students around the United States in the area of biotechnology. It is important that students understand how the protocols and techniques that they are being taught are used to find information about genes.

The Monarch Watch
The goals of the Monarch Watch are to promote conservation of monarch butterflies and to involve thousands of students and adults in a cooperative study of the monarch's fall migration. Coordinated by Dr. Orely Taylor, University of Kansas, ongoing research also includes flight vectors, population studies, maintaining monarchs for laboratory work,

Using Yeast as a Dosimeter of UV Light
Human activities, including the production of chlorofluorocarbons, have reduced the concentration of stratospheric ozone. Ozone molecules in the stratosphere filter biologically harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV-B) coming from the sun. The reduction of ozone may lead to increased levels of UV-B incident radiation on the surface of the planet. A possible biological UV dosimeter is an ultraviolet sensitive strain of yeast This potential bioindicator could give us a much deeper understanding of this global change.

Lichens/ Tarigrades and Atmospheric SO2
Lichens are unique organisms composed of either an alga or a cyanobacterium living in a symbiotic relationship with a fungus. When they are exposed to some kinds of air pollutants, especially to sulphur dioxide (SO2), lichens are injured and die. They therefore make good indicators of air pollution. Research involves lichens and the key pollutants which affect them. The effect of these pollutants may be observed on the distribution and diversity of a simple community living on the lichens.

Common Milkweed as a Bioindicator of Ozone
Ground level ozone is believed to be the most common air pollutant and the cause of most of the injury to sensitive biological resources. Common milkweed is sensitive to ozone injury and can be used as a biological indicator of air pollution stress in both urban and remote rural ecosystems.


Feeder Watch

Boreal Forest Watch

Whale Net

Wisconsin Fast Plant/NASA CUE

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