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Teachers As Investigators Program Assists FWS Native Pollinator Study
Southwest Region, July 27, 2010
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Scott Daniels, biology teacher from Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen, Arizona, spent portions of the summer of 2010 in Northern Arizona's "Teachers as Investigators" program.  He assisted Dave Smith, FWS Wildlife Biologist, on the elevational gradient pollinator study that the FWS is conducting with assistance from the NAU Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research. 

The Teachers as Investigators program provides opportunities for kindergarten to 12th grade teachers to work in a NAU laboratory on a current research project.  The teachers gain experience in research which they incorporate into their classrooms the next school year.  Dave trained Scott in setting up pollinator survey arrays, and processing and identifying samples. 

Scott and his biology class will begin establishing pollinator survey plots on the high school grounds and nearby agricultural lands to study native bee diversity in those two areas.  Scott presented his summer experience at the annual Teachers as Investigators - Science Technology Engineering and Math workshop at NAU on July 27, 2010.

Contact Info: Nick Carrillo, (602) 242-0210x203, nick_carrillo@fws.gov
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