Clean Water Institute supports summer research

Clean Water Institute supports summer research

Students Jenny Monico, Abigail O'Connor, Alison McNett and Dominic Novella collecting samples in Mill Creek.

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Twelve students are spending the summer as interns with the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI). Several projects are being conducted under the direction of Mel Zimmerman, Ph.D., director of the Clean Water Institute and professor of biology, and Peter Petokas, Ph.D., research associate for the Clean Water Institute.

This summer’s projects include collecting data to determine the protection status of streams for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Unassessed Waters Project; continuing research on the Eastern Hellbender and installation of nest boxes; studying the effect of the invasive Japanese Knotweed plant on the riverside plant community; developing educational programs at Camp Victory in Millville, Pa.; and evaluating the stream restoration work done by PA Fish and Boat to improve aquatic habitats.

These internships were made possible through the support of the Degenstein Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation, CromaFlow Inc., Lycoming County MS4, Wetlands Training Institute and Archaea Solutions, Inc.

Lycoming College student interns include:
Alec Minnick ’15, from Montoursville, Pa.; Samuel Wanner ’15, from Benton, Pa.; rising seniors: Hannah Dulovich, from Schuyler Lake, N.Y., with majors in biology and archaeology; Peter Gnocchi, from Bristol, R.I., with a major in biology; Clayton Good, from Muncy, Pa., with a major in ecology; Jennifer Monico, from Harleysville, Pa., with a major in biology; Kalynn Newman, from Hughesville, Pa., with a major in biology; rising juniors: Alison McNett, from Canton, Pa., with a major in biology; Dominic Novella, from Hastings, Pa., with a major in biology; Ryan Orgitano, from South Williamsport, Pa., with a major in biology; Abigail O’Connor, from Mount Holly Springs, Pa., with a major in biology.

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