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Wesley Students Present at Summit

Pictured (left to right): Wesley students John Dougherty and Brooke Thompson, Wesley Professor Dr. Stephanie Stotts, and students Samantha Weber and Kyle Frame

Pictured (left to right): Wesley students John Dougherty and Brooke Thompson, Wesley Professor Dr. Stephanie Stotts, and students Samantha Weber and Kyle Frame

Two Cannon Scholars and two science students presented their National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) sponsored research at the 2015 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit. Wesley Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephanie Stotts mentored and accompanied the four undergraduate students to Cape May, New Jersey on January 26-28th.

Kyle Frame, senior environmental studies major, presented a poster titled, “Upland Forest Buffer Losses Due to Inundation Caused by Sea Level Rise in the Upper and Lower Sub-Watershed of the Broadkill River.” Samantha Weber, a junior biological chemistry major, presented a poster titled “The Crawford Treatment Wetland, a Pioneering Vertical Flow Treatment System.” Brooke Thompson, sophomore environmental science major, presented a poster titled “Identifying Tree Species for Ring Analysis at the St. Jones Reserve”. And lastly John Dougherty, junior environmental science major, presented a poster titled, “Delaware Wetland Restoration Strategies: Does Planting Make a Difference after 15 Years?”

The four projects fall within the Delaware-EPSCoR themes that address the challenges of water sustainability in Delaware and are essential to the broader EPSCoR goal of enhancing the competitive position of research and research-based education in science and engineering. Both Dougherty and Weber are in the Cannon Scholars Program which is designed to recruit and retain academically talented students in biological chemistry, biology, environmental science and mathematics.