Monday, September 30, 2013

Reading the Tea Leaves: Biology Students Conduct Field Research

    Biology Professor William Eddy, and some of the BW biology students who are conducting a  semester long biology/ecology related field study at a farm in Oberlin.

A group of students led by one of the BW Biology Department's newest faculty members, William Eddy, are undertaking a semester-long field study examining how tea leaves behave in the environment. One experiment is looking at decomposition on the forest floor, while another group is studying the rate of decomposition of tea leaves on a moisture gradient, taking observations near a pond and up on a well-drained plateau.

Each group of students developed their own research project and will return to the farm site in Oberlin throughout the semester to collect data, record and analyze their results.