Abigail Hale Wins at Conservation Conferences
University of Idaho graduate Abigail Hale received two big awards before receiving her bachelor’s degree in ecology and conservation biology in spring 2019. The University Honors Program student presented her limnology research into the study of inland aquatic ecosystems and took first place in competitions at the two conferences.
Hale presented her preliminary results of her honors research thesis titled “In the Wake: Patterns of Resuspension of Turbidity and Phosphorus from Boating” in October 2018 at the annual Oregon Lakes/Washington State Lake Protection Associations conference and won best undergraduate poster award. The award included a cash prize.
She also presented her research in April 2019 at the annual Oregon State University (OSU) Hydrophiles Conference and won first place for her oral presentation. Hale was one of only two undergraduate students at the conference.
Hale was astonished when she found out she had taken first place at the OSU graduate student research conference.
“I felt out of my league at first, being around so many grad students for the two days’ worth of presentations since mine was one of the last, but it was a really affirming experience to have my science recognized,” she said. “Altogether, my thesis work and the presentations I’ve done because of it have shown me a great deal of the frustration and beauty of science but also the value of my education since this whole process I can attribute completely to the ecology and conservation biology major, to the support of the university and the honors program and most importantly to (my major professor) Frank (Wilhelm).”
Since her graduation from U of I in spring 2019, Hale has been accepted into a graduate program at OSU and continues to study lakes.