Senior Project Advisor
environmental science, communication, ecology
In scientific disciplines, students are not often taught to write in a way that is easily understood by people outside of their field. It is my goal to learn to communicate scientific research to a broad audience in a way that is both understandable and interesting. In spring of 2019, I participated in Huxley’s environmental science field camp. We traveled to the Elwha River basin in Olympic National Park and conducted wildlife research projects of our own design. My group’s research assessed amphibian habitat in two areas of the park, one of which was recently exposed after the removal of a dam. From this research, we produced a research paper and made a scientific poster, which we presented at WWU’s Scholars Week. The paper would be difficult to understand for anyone without a background in ecology, so I wanted to write a piece that is interesting and informative to a broader audience. I wrote this feature article to communicate the process of research in my field, the information we found, and my experiences.
VandePutte, Nicole, "Call of the Chorus Frog: An Undergraduate Experience in Field Research in the Elwha River Basin" (2020). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 388.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Amphibians--Geographical distribution; Frogs--Behavior--Washington (State)--Elwha River; Animal communication; Stream ecology--Washington (State)--Elwha River; Dam retirement--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Elwha River
Elwha River (Wash.)
student projects; term papers
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