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SWOSU Biology Students to Present Yellowstone Findings


Eleven biology students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University will present information on Wednesday, November 1, generated from an August trip to Yellowstone National Park.

The students, under the guidance of SWOSU Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Boggs,   participated in an ecological study of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and will present poster and oral presentations from 4-5 p.m. in Room 212 of the Old Science Building on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford. The public is invited to attend and interact with the students at the free event. Refreshments will be served.

During the five days spent learning in the park, the students encountered: bison, wolves, grizzly bears, mountain goats, big horn sheep, elk, deer, moose, coyote, tundra swans, badgers and other wild animals.  They took part in three citizen science days, collecting data for the National Park Service and assisting in invasive weed control, bison studies and stream quality sampling.

Students who participated in the course are:  Chris Arganbright, Sayre; Sarah Dengler, Yukon; Rachel Fast, Ryan Johnson, Jennifer Prophet and Julie Thiessen, all of Weatherford; Bailee Fehring, Sterling; Cassie Hill, Comanche; Lyndsey Hendricks, Bessie; Whitnie Holten, Anadarko; and Allison Statton, Oklahoma City.