(Left) Students of Dr. Jason Kilgore, Washington and Jefferson College, collect samples for their emerald ash borer project. (Right) Collaborating on the same project, students of Dr. Ben Dolan, The University of Findlay, work on data collection at The Rieck Center, Findlay.
Biology students of Dr. Ben Dolan are working on a collaborative research project facilitated by the Ecological Research as Education Network erenweb.org. In collaboration with students of Dr. Jason Kilgore, Washington and Jefferson College, they are seeking to determine the impact of emerald ash borer on forest plant communities in Hancock County, Ohio and in Washington, Pennsylvania.
"This is an unusual project, because undergraduate students rarely collaborate with students from other colleges and universities," says Dr. Dolan. "Our goal is to provide students with practical experience working with people from other places and of different backgrounds, as well as give them experience in plant ecology research."
Dr. Dolan's students visited Washington and Jefferson College on September 8, 2012 to help Dr. Kilgore and his students sample their forests. Dr. Kilgore and his students visited UF on September 22, 2012 to help Dr. Dolan and his students collect data. They worked to develop research questions and establish relationships for further collaboration.