By Mary Penna/ECHO It’s our third week of checking in with Madeline and she’s making a lot of progress with her research. Tomorrow sh...

Week 3 of Madeline's Invasive Species Research at ECHO

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By Mary Penna/ECHO

It’s our third week of checking in with Madeline and she’s making a lot of progress with her research.

Tomorrow she and a partner from her program are giving a public presentation at ECHO on essential fatty acids in yellow perch, which are a type of fish in Lake Champlain. The idea behind the project is to help the students in her program learn how to communicate scientific information and research to the general public. Her presentation should be about 10 minutes long.

Madeline is also continuing her data analysis using the SBS, which is a statistics analysis program. She is still analyzing the survey data from last week about the profiling of people who are familiar with the invasive species issue in the lake. Madeline will be sending out an email blast this week of the same survey she had people filling out at ECHO with an additional few questions about economics. These questions will help her to learn how much people would be willing to pay to prevent further invasive species from inhabiting the lake. It will also help to her to reach a larger variety of people with her research as well as the accuracy of her results with the larger sample size.

The students from UVM’s Upward Bound program have been thrilled to learn from Madeline about this data. This week she is going to be teaching them how to analyze data using software programs, such as SBS, and how to manipulate data before they analyze it. She says that it is very important for them to understand why they need to manipulate the data before they use it so that it will be easy for them to create graphs and tables.

If you would like to attend the presentations, it is tomorrow, July 2 at 1:30 PM in the Lakeside Hall at ECHO.


Check in next week for more updates on Madeline’s research!


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