Research at U of I often takes place outside of the lab with experiments occurring across all of Idaho and even beyond the state's borders. Check out the research of a student who strapped on her boots and pack to investigate local botany in Idaho's Selkirk Mountains in summer 2020. In summer 2019, U of I students delved into studies of antelope diets in Mozambique and taught evolution on the Galápagos Islands. While in the field, the students tackle problems such as how to construct tools to sample Mars geology and questions like what drives the evolution of new species.
The Plants of the Selkirks
Harpo Faust is spending her summer traversing North Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains. She is building on collections of past botanists and expanding what we know about regional plant life of the Selkirks.
Does Yellowstone’s volcanic activity shape nearby mountains and valleys? Chloë Weeks' research took her to untouched places throughout Montana’s Gallatin Valley and Yellowstone National Park to study the region’s geology.
How can Idaho farmers prevent diseases in their fields? Master’s student Lara Brown is working on that under the mentorship of James Woodhall. Their research aims to detect disease before symptoms appear — helping growers protect their crops.
How do you “listen” to water under a glacier? Chris Miele used seismic tools to understand water flow under Alaska’s Turner Glacier, which may provide insights on how climate change will influence the world’s glaciers.
Kevin Cerna and Erika Rader investigate the environmental conditions surrounding past volcanic eruptions by studying crystal formation in the Pacific Northwest. Information from Earth's lava fields shows us how similar events could have formed Mars.
Matt Rafferty, Ryan Long and Hallie Walker are investigating how diets vary within a species — and perhaps how we get new species. They worked with three species of spiral-horned antelope in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Architecture students traveled to Togo to create a conceptual design for a sustainable girls’ school. The Vandal students partnered with S H E | Style Her Empowered, a non-profit founded by a U of I alumna to create education and employment opportunities for women.