There are a number of opportunities for students to gain experience in scientific research and communication by participating in on-going, collaborative research and education projects. Through an array of hands-on activities, students can develop knowledge and skills in ecology and environmental science, including chemical analyses using gas or liquid chromatography and mapping using geographic information systems. The goal of mentored activities is to facilitate student-driven research trajectories and career paths by promoting independence and creativity.
Engaging public interest and interacting with the community at large is a key component of environmental education. In the Jamieson Lab, we try to stay involved with and link ecological research efforts to community-based volunteer and education organizations. To date, we’ve worked with and been involved in a variety of groups including Monarch Watch, the Oakland University Student Organic Farm, HAVEN, Dinosaur Hill, Votrobeck Playground, Everyone’s Garden, and the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Program.