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Alexandra B

- Research Program Mentor

MS Master of Science candidate


Ecology, conservation, ornithology, habitat management

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Literature Review of Conservation Needs of Individual Species

A literature review would allow a student to gain experience in acquiring relevant peer-reviewed scientific articles. The individual would choose a species of their choice and explore different aspects of this species life history and ecology to determine its conservation status. I would work with this student to solidify a specific project goal (habitat use/needs, the role that climate change is playing in this species population projections, behavioral studies and how they impact conservation management). The goal of this research project would be to choose a topic related to conservation and explore existing information. I would then like the student to write a review on what is currently known about this topic, what needs to be expanded in order to learn more about this species and what the best ways to do that are. The student will gain experience in critical thinking by applying the knowledge they have gained reading existing literature to determine what more can be done.

Sea Level Rise

This type of project would focus on researching different reasons why some areas are more susceptible than others to sea level rise. In addition, the student would pick an area within the United States and map out sea level rise in that area. We would together to determine the best methods to conserve this area in the future.

Coding skills

I am familiar with R and have extensively used Excel before I was familiar with the R coding program

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