Research: ICNL as field site

  • American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Reintroduction - In partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation, students address how to re-establish this once dominant tree to local forests.

  • Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) control - Students and faculty map and monitor stiltgrass to assess the effectiveness of different control measures.  Staff and community volunteers carry out annual eradication campaigns. Faculty and students report to the us army corps of engineers.

  • Red Flag Monitoring for water quality - Students collect data monthly on surface water quality (pH, total hardness, conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen) for the Community Science Institute.

  • fish-stream-Forest - Examines relationships between Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), headwater stream quality, habitat suitability for native spawning fish.

  • Wildlife Survey and Tracking - Students and faculty deploy remote photography and the science of tracking to survey wildlife. 

  • White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Impacts - Fenced exclosures help students and faculty monitor understory regeneration in the absence of deer.

  • Repeat Photography - long-term landscape change monitoring based on precision photography at seasonal intervals.