It’s not every researcher that wears a hard hat and works around dynamite. But Dr. Holly Dolliver of the University of Wisconsin—River Falls embraces the unique parts of studying soil at a frac sand mining site. Wisconsin law requires that land used for mining must be reclaimed, so Dr. Dolliver is part of a five-year research program to see how soils react to being stripped, stockpiled, and respread. “Our emphasis is to understand holistically how the soil responds to disturbance,…
Dr. Jason Kilgore, an associate professor of biology at Washington & Jefferson College, has been using top-notch research instrumentation to enhance undergraduate learning. As a member of the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN), which is a collaborative network of schools that are primarily undergraduate institutions, Dr. Kilgore and other EREN faculty “use authentic research as a model for students to learn about biology.” He does so by incorporating an LI-6800 Portable Photosynthesis System into his coursework and student research.
Have you ever found yourself wishing that a fiction writer had a better grasp of scientific concepts? Dr. David Bowne at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania is doing his part to solve this problem—one student at a time—with a class called Ecology in Short Fiction. By providing literature students with experience with the LI-8100 Automated Soil CO2 Flux System, Dr. Bowne and his co-teacher Dr. Matt Skillen make ecological concepts meaningful to students in the context of fiction literature.
Thanks to everyone that submitted videos for the #6400life video contest. Here are the top five entries.
Grand Prize Winners
LI-COR Space – Submitted by the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
The Coolest Thing You Can Do with LI-6400XT – Submitted by the University of Washington
Mary & the 6400s – Submitted by the Marine Biological Laboratory
NewsWild Plants (Organ Pipen Cactus) – Submitted by the Research Center for Food and Development A.C.
Pamela Kittelson, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, understands the benefits of scientific instruments in undergraduate education. Pamela was awarded a LEEF grant to purchase an LI-6400XT Ecophysiology Package in Spring of 2013. Since then, she’s used the instrument in lab exercises and undergraduate research.
Pamela uses the instrument to show students how plants respond to changes in environmental conditions in her plant physiology labs. “It is one thing to…