|Amanda Clancy - Animal/Plant
Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH
is a senior Biology major at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
This summer she worked in the Animal-Plant Interactions lab helping
with her labís long-term research studying the effects of nutrient
availability on Animal-Plant Dynamics, nutrient cycling and patterns of
nutrient conservation in mangrove ecosystems in the neotropics.
For her independent project she looked at the feeding preferences
of the mangrove tree crab Aratus pisonii on Red Mangrove leaves,
both in Belize and Florida mangroves. She also had the opportunity to
travel to Belize and take part in the Mangrove Ecology Workshop, which
involved lecture, fieldwork, and lab work. The goal of the workshop was to
explain the ecological significance of mangroves. After graduation, Mandy
plans to take a year off to travel domestically and abroad to better
define her research interests before attending graduate school in the
field of environmental science.
Mandy's internship was funded by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.