AWRI Newsletter #29: April 2004

The summer field season is now upon us, and things are really hopping at AWRI. At least 10 new students are joining us this summer for a variety of projects. The following is a partial list of the projects (we don't have enough space to list all of them!) involving our summer students: beach monitoring for pollution, the influence of terrestrial carbon on aquatic food webs, the ecological health of our coastal and inland wetlands, the role of the lower Muskegon River Watershed as a valuable fishery habitat, and problems associated with the round goby, an invasive fish species. Student involvement in our projects, whether they are at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level, is a critical part of AWRI's mission; the students benefit by obtaining hands-on experience and a better understanding of how scientific research is conducted. Conversely, AWRI benefits from the students' knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy.

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