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December 7, 2009


Students at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will present their senior class projects in biology and environmental studies this Wednesday and Thursday in UMFK’s Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room. The presentations will be demonstrated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday.

Students in the University’s Forest Technology program will present and be available to speak about their poster projects on Thursday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Forest Technology lab, Room 113, in Cyr Hall.
Among the projects to be presented are:
·         An assessment of forest land in northern Aroostook County hardwoods, using lichen to determine the continuity in two stands. 
·         A local study of the Ochlerotatus japonicas, an invasive species of mosquito believed to carry several transmittable diseases.
·         A study on the threat posed by bio-invasive fish species moving into the Fish River system.
·         A study looking for evidence of beaver intentionally felling trees toward water. One-hundred-thirty-five trees were studied.
·         A study identifying the presence, or lack of, arsenic in the local, private, drinking water supply.  
·         A study using microbial tracking to test for the presence of human fecal contamination and E. coli contamination in the South Perley Brook.
·         An analysis of the brook trout habitat within the Little Goddard and Big Goddard streams (T15 R5) in Aroostook County.
·         A comparative study evaluating the ecological conditions of a stream adjacent to land currently is used for agricultural purposes, with another area of the stream adjacent to lands that have not been cultivated for years.