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Updated: 06/02/2017 08:30:03AM

High school research assistantships

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STACY SMITH PHOTO

The 2017 High School Research Assistants, Alexander Bogaert, left, and Bryan Resendiz, collecting leaf samples of the federally endangered Florida Ziziphus for genetic analysis.

ARCHBOLD BIOLOGICAL STATION PHOTO

The Plant Ecology Program in the summer of 2016, Program Director, Eric Menges is surrounded by interns Kaitlin Griffith and Susan Deans, High School Research Assistants Forest Ritenour and Amy Platt, visiting researcher Jenny Schafer, and Research Assistants Stacy Smith and Stephanie Koontz.

ARCHBOLD BIOLOGICAL STATION PHOTO

Rachel Burnett, shown here in 2007 when she was a Research Assistant, studying the effects of fire on Archbold’s many oaks and palmetto species. She now has a Master’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Resources.

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Do you remember what you did over your high school summer vacation? Many of us took up seasonal positions as lifeguards, camp counselors or landscapers. However, for some, a summer break from school is an opportunity to broaden their education. For those seeking that prospect in the field of science, Archbold Biological Station offers the perfect experience.

Since 2007, Archbold’s Plant Ecology program has annually hosted a High School Research Assistantship for two Highlands County students. “It’s an experiential learning experience that focuses on a range of conservation science issues including population dynamics of rare plants, fire ecology and restoration,” stated Stacy Smith, who has directly supervised the program since its inception.

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