Tricia Kelley, UNCW professor of geography and geology, talks with REU students about stratigraphy and field geology during a recent trip to a dig site in Columbus County. Student researchers majoring in Archeology, American Indian Studies, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Paleontology and Marine Science performed field work in a large pit near Old Dock, N.C. as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Biodiversity Conservation June 5, 2008.
The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, runs through July 31 and offers students from across the nation opportunities to perform research with academic professionals. The multidisciplinary group of students and faculty will compare fossil, archeological and modern marine samples to study how the marine ecosystem has changed through time. They hope to determine the degree and nature of human impact, assess the health of the modern system, and identify possible approaches to protecting biodiversity.
- UNCW/Jamie Moncrief