The Center provides opportunities for students from the University and other academic institutions to conduct research projects in the Environmental Study Area.

Examples of past projects include:

High School Projects in the Environmental Study Area:

  • Monitoring diversity and abundance of macroinvertebrates at the Rose Garden Pond.
  • Analyzing local floral pollen sources utilized by the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) at the campus honeybee hives.
  • Surveying population densities, sex ratios, and distribution of the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis).
  • Sensing and measuring the electrical currents emanating from a variety of deciduous trees species.

University Student Projects:

  • Augmenting management plans for historical landscapes with GIS: a case study of Henry Ford's Fairlane Lake
  • Conducting a species inventory and geospatial mapping of deciduous forest trees.
  • Estimating population densities and mapping the distribution of the invasive Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica).
  • Monitoring diversity and abundance of turtles in Fairlane Lake.
  • Assessing impacts of the invasive weed garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) on native plant diversity.
  • Guide to Rose Garden Pond Insects
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