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ON SITE RESEARCH: Marie Brophy '08 and Miles Turner '08 collect Cecropia leaves from the El Yunque rainforest for analyses for their Earth and Environmental Sciences Department Senior Seminar Research Project. The seniors are enrolled in E&ES 398, the capstone course for the E&ES major. Brophy and Tuner were among 15 students and two faculty members who traveled to Puerto Rico Jan. 7 to 13 to conduct multiple research projects on the island.

Students presented their research to peers and faculty. Michelle Chen '08, above, presented her research on the depositional history of a salt flat near the shoreline city of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on March 6. Chen and her peers collected sediment core samples in a lagoon to dissect, and discover the sedimentsí substance.
Jordan Schmidt '08, center, presents her group's leaf plasticity study on March 25. Group member Dana Powell '08 is pictured at left.
Andrea Pain '08, left, explains how she and group member Hannah Hastings '08 studied nutrient content in a dinoflagellate-rich ecosystem off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Tim Ku and Dana Royer, both assistant professors of earth and environmental sciences, teach the class. (Classroom photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Additional information on Senior Seminar Research Projects is online in a former Wesleyan Connection article at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/newsletter/campus/2008/0308eescapstone.html