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Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Undergraduate Research Spotlight

Urban Wildlife Monitoring Group-Erin Ellinwood, Keara Kintzele and Georgina Royse
Students:
  • Erin, Class of 2021, Biology  
  • Keara, Class of 2021, Environmental Studies
  • Georgina, Class of 2021, Environmental Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Betsy Bancroft

Research Title: "Urban Wildlife Monitoring"

Peer Perspective: "Georgina, Erin, and Keara’s work exemplifies the ability for undergraduate students to do research that has real life implications at Gonzaga. By setting up and motoring the game cameras in the Little Spokane Watershed area, they were about to discover data that exposes valuable information regarding the biodiversity of Spokane."   -Georgia (Class of 2022)

Students:

  • Erin, Class of 2021, Biology Major  
  • Keara, Class of 2021, Environmental Studies
  • Georgina, Class of 2021, Environmental Studies

Research Title: "Urban Wildlife Monitoring"

Abstract: It is important to quantify the biodiversity of an ecosystem because biodiversity is often an important factor when deciding whether or not to conserve an area. Our project will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity by collecting data on species present in the Little Spokane Watershed. The data are collected from six game cameras that are distributed throughout the Little Spokane Watershed. The animals collected from the photographs will be classified by species, age, gender, camera location, and date collected. The information we gather about species presence and abundance will be given to the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy to aid in biodiversity conservation. The data we will collect are crucial because only some of the land Little Spokane Watershed is protected, or owned by the INLC. The remaining land is threatened by urbanization, and if more urbanization were to occur in this area it would most likely cause a decrease in biodiversity.

 

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