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Undergraduate Research Spotlight

December/January 2017-2018

This Month's Spotlight: Magic in the Woods

Dean Mast Visit to Calder

Dean Mast and Dr. Daniels outside of a Calder classroom

On December 1, Dean Mast and Dean Annunziato took a road trip to the Louis Calder Center, the Biological Field Station of Fordham University. We were greeted by the director, Dr. Thomas Daniels, and Alissa Perrone, the assistant director. Four faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences have laboratories based at Calder, including Dr. Craig Frank, who also gave us a tour of his space. Dozens of FCRH students call Calder their home for undergraduate research. 

During our visit, we saw firsthand the beauty and importance of Calder. Calder is the site of many externally funded projects that assess the impact of changes to the environment on our ecosystem. In addition, key indicies are based at Calder including the Fordham Pollen Index and the Fordham Tick Index. Calder faculty integrate undergraduate and graduate students into the research environment there. For example, Elizabeth Carlen (GSAS) gave us a glimpse of the work she is doing in Taxomony under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Munshi-South. Gabriella Blazich (Class of 2018, Biological Sciences) is assisting her with building a natural history collection at Calder.

And the campus is breathtaking. During the summer, Calder hosts the National Science Foundation funded Calder Summer Undergraduate Research (CSUR) Program. Students from Fordham and beyond have the incredible opportunity to participate in research here, attend lectures and meetings in a classroom overlooking a lake, and be surrounded by exceptional scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary research in ecology, evolution, and conservation.

We had a wonderful time thanks to our generous hosts. As Dean Annunziato's six year old twin boys said, "you got to go to school in the woods"! Indeed, it was a very special day that we hope to share with more of the FCRH community.

The Scope and Impact of Undergraduate Research

Each month, Fordham College at Rose Hill is proud to share highlights from our thriving undergraduate research program. Our students are actively involved in faculty-mentored research across disciplines, participating in a range of activities including utilizing state of the art equipment in our labs, meeting with patients in medical settings, spending time in the community interviewing and surveying members to achieve a greater understanding of historical and contemporary questions, reviewing source data in New York City and even around the world, as well as collecting specimens in the field for our many projects based in environmental settings. Excitingly, our students' contributions have considerable impact in their respective fields and to their professional development.