Archaeology Field School 2013
This year's SEI Archaeology Field Studies was, by all accounts, a phenomenal success (the occasional copperhead and flood notwithstanding).
We’re always looking for ways to get the student body more involved in The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. Not only does this involvement help Sewanee as an institution, but also helps further students’ experience, knowledge, and own individual success. As part of the Strategic Plan, we are pleased to announce that a new fellowship program will be implemented this academic year for juniors and seniors as part of increasing domain education.
Bountiful Growth and Harvests: An Update on the Farm
The University Farm has experienced exceptional growth over the summer and visitors to McClurg dining hall will enjoy the bountiful harvests from the garden and livestock offerings.
Field Study in Belize
A field immersion into two of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth: coral reefs and tropical rainforests. Students live in remote field stations in Belize, where they examine the ecology and natural history of these two systems through extensive field exploration and research. Prerequisite: Biol 241. The Belize Program (Biol 241 + Biol 251) counts as one full lab course in Biology.
Invading the Gate
Entering the Sewanee Domain entices the promise of Sewanee’s esteemed 13,000 acre forested. Just at the gates however, an invasive species, the white pine, lurks. White pine, Pinus strobus, is an invasive species to this area. Conservation-biology students Drake Schutt and Daniel Williams have created a study to understand P. strobus‘ effect on the structure of the surrounding canopy, subcanopy, and ground flora on the site by the gates.
Life on the Rocks
Resting on top of a mountain (The Mountain), Sewanee is not known for its good soils. With an average soil depth of around 4 feet deep, there are a number of outcrops that exist on the Domain. These outcroppings are distinct for their unique biodiversity. Students in Bio 130 are exploring how these threatened species live. By looking at twelve different outcrop sites, the group is studying how these two species compete over the same resources and exist in this relatively unstudied habitat.