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ERIC Number: EJ1118792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Salamander Saver
Ilseman, Kelly; Hoffmann, Kristine
Science Teacher, v83 n1 p37-42 Jan 2016
On a spring morning in Maine, traps made of nets rise above vernal pools in a small wetland, ready to collect salamanders. The traps were designed by groups of rural and urban high school students from Maine and Massachusetts participating in the University of Maine Upward Bound Math Science Program (UBMS) at the university campus in Orono, Maine. This article describes how students worked together with instructors and a scientist in a design project involving sustainability research. The student groups designed and built traps to help the ecologist compare the types of habitat selected by two genetically related salamanders. Using the final design, the University of Maine Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society constructed 90 traps, and the researcher tested them in a wetland. The traps worked well and were used in an ongoing full-scale research project.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine; Massachusetts
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0239915; EPS0904155