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The Monarch Massacre
Tatyana Lobova, Old Dominion University
Some say Monarchs are the most beautiful of all butterflies. But the Monarchs could end up on the endangered species list. Lobova is part of a national effort to rescue the beautiful creatures by planting milkweed plants, which they need for survival.
Evolving Bird Songs
David Luther, George Mason University
It’s hard to have a conversation in a noisy room, so how do birds get their messages across in highly urbanized areas? Not only are song stylings changing, but the beaks of some birds are actually growing longer.
Anja Whittington, Radford University
For a full month, students enrolled in the Wilderness Institute eat, breathe, and sleep their course. The ultimate test of their leadership and wilderness skills comes when their professor leaves the students to experience the final expedition on their own.
Russell Burke, Christopher Newport University
Saxis, a tiny fishing community off the east coast, has lost so much shoreline it’s almost an island now. Burke is using oysters as part of what he calls “living reefs” as a buffer against the encroaching waters.
Vertical Profile of the East Coast
Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University
It’s a mystery to scientists why there is a string of relatively young volcanoes along the eastern side of North America. Johnson examines rocks from the depths of extinct volcanoes to unearth what really caused these baffling eruptions.
Tracking Bird Migration
Eric Walters and Andrew Arnold, Old Dominion University
Researchers are experimenting with radar as a means of tracking the migration patterns of flocks of songbirds. Walters and Arnold have teamed up with NASA and environmental groups to study one of the major flyways in the United States.
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