FYRES Research Projects in 2012-2013
FYRES students and Research Mentors worked on 6 research projects in the September 2012-May 2013 academic year. The projects included topics of scientific interest as well as applied research questions.
- Management Effectiveness study: A FYRES research team investigated whether sand fences were effective in stabilizing an active blowout in the Castle Park Reserve.
- Kitchel-Lindquist study: A FYRES research team investigated the patterns of vegetation and sand transport on two large blowouts in a dune preserve in Ottawa County.
- Mt. Pisgah study: A FYRES research team evaluated the effectiveness of management techniques on a very popular dune in Ottawa County.
- North Beach Dune study: A FYRES research team investigated how management actions affected the unmanaged trails on a large parabolic dune in Ottawa County.
- Pitcher's Thistle study: A FYRES research team studied the conditions of a threatened species habitat when it exists among unmanaged dune trails.
- Dunes and Storms study: A FYRES research team studied changes that autumn storms made to a foredune in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.