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Katherine H

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Biogeochemistry, geology, environmental science, microbiology, marine biology, ecology, plant ecology, ecosystems ecology

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.

Hometown Hydrology

The USGS has hundreds of stream gauges set up across the United States, each gauge providing loads of daily and weekly data. In this project, you'll learn how to analyze and interpret these large datasets using R, and make inferences about environmental health in your neighborhood. You'll write a paper on the topic and submit to a high school journal.

Traveling through geologic time

How has your town, or another location of interest, changed through geologic time? What did it look like at the last glacial maximum, or back in the carboniferous period? In this project, you'll learn to read scientific literature and interpret maps to develop a greater understanding of earth history. You can get creative with the output for this one, designing a webpage or scientific poster on the topic.

Coding skills

R, Python

Completed Projects

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