Invasive Species Working Group
The Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG), funded by an external grant from the John J. and Ruth F. Kloss Charitable Trust and led by Carthage professors Tracy Gartner and Scott Hegrenes, is developing a long-term monitoring program of riparian invasive species in Kenosha County, Wis.
Each summer 2-4 students will be selected to work on continuing the project to meet the following goals:
- Establish long-term monitoring of invasive species
- Assess management techniques for invasive species
- Educate the community about invasive species
Wastewater Treatment Facility Partnership
Since 2007, the City of Kenosha Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) has been working with the Carthage Environmental Science Program to investigate how the treatment facility can reduce its energy consumption.
Carthage students assist the city in the operation and record keeping of data during the duration of the study. The continued involvement of Carthage students may serve to attract students to a profession in which staff will be vitally needed, as approximately 50 percent of the present staff involved with wastewater treatment will be at their retirement age within the next five to 10 years. This interfacing of Carthage with the WWTF showcases the mutual value of linking local colleges and universities with municipal services.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
The SURE program gives students the opportunity to work one on one with a faculty mentor on a significant research project during the summer months. Students stay on campus, receive a research budget and earn a stipend. Students who are interested in SURE should contact a professor or visit the SURE site for more information.
Past Environmental Science projects have included:
- Buckthorn management options and effects on plant diversity
- Conservation of herpetofauna in preserved and unprotected areas
- Eco-tourism in Argentina
- Climate oscillations and Great Lake water levels
Every Carthage student is required to submit a senior thesis or capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of their chosen area of study. Here is a look at some of the original work that Carthage students have created for this requirement. See a list of possible research sites
- Katie Brandstatt: Determining the effects the combined growth Alliaria petiolata and Rhamnus cathartica have on soil composition.
- Adam Glover: The Effects of Climate Gradients on the life cycle of the Galerucella spp.
- Kris Kordek: The Effect of Watershed Urbanization on River Hydrology and Ecology: Assessing the Use of Population Density as an Estimate for Percent Impervious Cover
- Morgan Wiechmann: The effect fire frequency has on the passive carbon pool.
- Amy Wille: Assessing the Soil Composition and Quality in Virgin and Restored Tallgrass Illinois Prairie
- Sara Fouts: Managing Grassland Biofuel Cropping Systems for Plant Diversity and Productivity
- Brendon Jones: Do cities utilizing smart growth principles have less crime?
- Amy Macemon: The Inherent Value of the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) as a Biological Pest Control for the adult female Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella) in Illinois Apple Orchards
- Rachel Ryan: Effects of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism in the Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
- Sarah Thompson: An evaluation of cassava as a biofuel crop focusing on crop yield, ethanol conversion rate, and water, soil and atmospheric contamination
- Matt Yanz: The Effects of Direct Disturbance on the Largemouth Bass (micropterus salmoides)
- Garrett Boelkes: Analyzing Preferred Habitat for Hypopthalmichtys molitrix and H. nobilis with emphasis on plankton density and river morphology
- Brian Boehm: The Impact of an Alternative Deicing Product on Urban Storm Basin Salinity
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships and funding for environmental research is available through:
- Environmental Protection Agency — internships, scholarships for undergraduates, and substantial scholarships for masters and Ph.D. students
- Garden Club of America — fellowships and scholarships largely focused on botany
- National Center For Environmental Research
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Award — up to 10 $2,000 scholarships are awarded to juniors and seniors studying wildlife sciences