NDSU Generates New Discoveries
North Dakota State University students presented their work during 2017 NDSU EXPLORE, an event showcasing undergraduate research and other creative scholarly activities. This fall, four Natural Resources Management students presented their research taking place at World Garden Commons under the advisement of Jack Norland, Associate Professor of NRM.
Don Vererka presented what he and Logan Berg identified as macro-invertebrates in the new channels and ponds formed in the basin within the last two years. They found many more macro-invertebrates than hypothesized, and surprisingly, many of these exist only in good quality water conditions. The NRM department will continue further research on macro-invertebrates since the results are much better than predicted.
Kimberly Schaper surveyed dog and goose waste in the basin to get an idea of pest waste loading. Schaper found a low incidence of pet waste except for a couple of hot spots. Goose waste was more prevalent than expected. Dog feces is an environmental pollutant,not a good fertilizer, and can add up to big problems for water quality.
Alec Deschene measured salinity in the native plantings and found that salinity was very high in several plantings and low in others. Future management will need to account of the salinity.
Hailey Greenwalt monitored the east-west channel after water features were installed to induce meandering. The features are working as intended and promoting meandering in the channel.
World Garden Commons has been a site for multiple undergraduate, graduate and doctoral program students at NDSU and MSUM to grow their skills as researchers and add to a body of knowledge in the fields of natural resources management, animal sciences, geology, and graphic communications. The student’s work will have a lasting impact on our community.
Alec Deschene animal sciences Don Vererka EXPLORE geology graphic communications Hailey Greenwalt Jack Norland Kimberly Schaper Logan Berg Minnesota State University Moorhead MSUM Natural Resources Management NDSU North Dakota State University NRM