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Recent Article Highlights GLOBE Students’ Research

Photo of Crestwood High School seniors Zeina J., Sana T., and Itidal B.
Crestwood High School seniors Zeina J., (left), Sana T., and Itidal B.

A recent article, “Three Crestwood seniors chosen to present their findings on flooding at international science seminar,” written by Sue Suchyta for MediaNews Group, highlights the students’ findings on the effects of Rouge River flooding on tree growth.

The students, from Crestwood High School in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, are students of Diana Johns. They studied the possible effects of river flooding on soil parameters and tree growth along the Rouge River, as well as a control group. The study sought to understand the relationship between sediments, soils and tree growth in a flood plain, to better understand the impact of frequent flooding.

The students’ findings, associated with GLOBE’s Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, will be presented through GLOBE’s 2021 International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS). Diana Johns said that the work continued, in spite of the global pandemic.  

“Doing research in the times of COVID is a little bit difficult,” Johns said in the article. “Besides making sure that their personal safety was assured, the continuity of things was a little bit difficult. I give them credit, because they are a perfect example of persistence and fortitude and all of those other good things that keep people going when they keep walking into walls.”

The students managed to keep their morale up by having fun, including coming up with nicknames for the trees from which they took data.”

On Earth Day 2021 (22 April), the students were one of seven groups entered to win a monetary award for their school (based on earning a 4-star student research badge – the highest ranking possible – and at least two other optional badges).

Johns said that the legacy of their work will help future students at Crestwood High School. “What a cool thing, right?”

To read the entire article, click here.


News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office