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12-21-2001

Clarkson Undergrad Assists In Research Near Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“It is very exciting to play a role—even a minor one—in research that has important implications for our future,” said Clarkson University senior Corey Lawrence of Eaton, N.Y.  Lawrence, a biology and environmental science & policy double major, spent eight weeks at the remote Toolik Lake Field Station in Alaska participating in a long-term monitoring and research project as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The Toolik Lake Field Station is located well above the Arctic Circle, near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While there, Lawrence worked with scientists investigating aspects of the global nitrogen cycle and the importance of these to stream ecosystems.

“I had the opportunity to design and conduct an experiment to measure the amount of atmospheric nitrogen that is converted by stream microbes into biologically available nitrogen,” said Lawrence. “This work adds to our understanding of how these ecosystems function, and may enhance our ability to predict the future effects of global warming on the Arctic region.”

Motivating students to seek out and apply for research opportunities is an important part of the educational program at Clarkson.  Other Clarkson science undergraduates have recently completed summer programs at the Czech Academy of Science in Prague, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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