College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Student Authors Ravine Field Guide

Date: December 21, 2012

Biology Professor Eric Synder says, "I have rarely seen work of this caliber done by an undergraduate student before" about the new field guide to GVSU Ravines produced by honors student Carly Sills.  The guide covers plants, animals, maps, trails, edible species and more.

Carly explains the gensis of the project, "I came up with the idea for this project very gradually.  I spent a lot of my time in the ravines recreationally and realized how few students utilized them or even knew about the hiking trails, fishing spots, and abundant wildlife of the ravines.  As a president of GVSU's Backpacking Club, I encouraged people to use the ravines and I got
really positive feedback.  People were happily shocked to learn about the miles of trails that they could spend time exploring.  When it came time for my Honor's College senior project, it just seemed a natural fit for me to make a field guide to the ravines on campus."

Carly hopes to sell the printed guide at-cost (about $20), and is also working on making an e-book version of it available for only a few dollars so that it will be easily affordable for any student that wants it.

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