Teachers, students complete bio field trip

COLCHESTER - Local high school teachers and students were involved with Saint Michael's College students in collecting and identifying macroinvertebrates in Vermont streams.

With Dr. Declan McCabe, SMC associate professor of biology, they were participating in the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project, which is now to be shared with Vermont high schools. Vermont EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Participating high schools, teachers and students are as follows:

•Rice Memorial High School: Sharon Boardman (teacher), Kari Foote, Evelyn Boardman.

•Champlain Valley Union High School: Sarah Strack (teacher), Danika Frisbee, Kanita Chaudry.

•Mill River Union High School: Michael Gamache (teacher), Julia Doiron, Carrie Jeandell.

•Montpelier High School: Karen Smereka (teacher), Ellen Slade, Joslin Parker

•Mt. Abraham Union High School: Shelley Snyder (teacher), Alejandra Gomez, Hannah Rickner

•Long Trail School: David Spero (teacher), Jessica Carr, Tom Carrol

•People's Academy: Sheila Tymon (teacher), Adina Barron, Jenna Zukswert

Additional support has come from Kathi Jo Jankowski, UVM collaborator, and Steve Fiske of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, who has volunteered his help with the macroinvertebrate identification work.

A wonderful array of invertebrates already identified through the Vt. EPSCoR project can be seen by clicking on the rivers and brooks named at this website: academics.smcvt.edu/Vermont_rivers/

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