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FYRES: Research

FYRES students carrying research equipment on Hoffmaster dune
FYRES students carrying research equipment across foredune in Hoffmaster State Park in Fall 2011.

FYRES Research Projects in 2011-2012

FYRES students and Research Mentors worked on 4 research projects in the September 2011-May 2012 academic year. The projects included topics of scientific interest as well as applied research questions.

  • Blowout and Trails study: A FYRES research team investigated the characteristics of trails and blowouts (and the relationships between them) in part of Hoffmaster State Park.
  • Castle Park Dune study: A FYRES research team investigated the relationship between an invasive species and a dune on property owned by the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.
  • North Beach Dune study: A FYRES research team investigated the effects of management actions on the activity of a large dune in an Ottawa County park.
  • Sand Transport study: A FYRES Research Mentor worked with physics students to test whether an equation predicting sand transport was useful at a dune site in Hoffmaster State Park.

 

Research Information

FYRES 2011-2012 produced 4 research projects, 5 presentations (3 papers and 2 posters) at the Michigan Academy in March 2012, and 3 research reports.