FYRES Research Projects in 2013-2014
FYRES students and Research Mentors worked on 5 research projects in the September 2013-May 2014 academic year. The projects included topics of scientific interest as well as applied research questions.
- Trails and Blowouts studies: Two research teams worked together to investigate relationships between unmanaged trails and blowouts on the dune ridge in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. One team focused on collecting data on the unmanaged trails while a complementary team collected data on blowouts in the same area. The FYRES Research Mentor combined the data sets for analysis.
- Deer and Dunes study: A FYRES research team studied the relationship between deer presence and trail characteristics in North Ottawa Dunes.
- Pitcher's Thistle study: A FYRES research team investigated the Pitcher's thistle population and its environmental conditions in Rosy Mound Natural Area, Ottawa County.
- Storms and Foredune study: A FYRES research team studied how autumn storms affected a foredune in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.