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"SEEDS Ecology Club" » Hampton, Virginia
The SEEDS Ecology Club seeks to recruit more minority students into ecology-related careers and graduate programs, with emphasis on marine science and environmental science
Plans for 2010-2011
- The Hampton University SEEDS chapter plans for two Queen Street Adopt-A-Spot Coastal Cleanups, part of the International Coastal Cleanup, for the Fall 2010 and two Queen Street Adopt-A-Spot Coastal Cleanups, Celebrate Urban Birds Watch, Arbor Day Celebration, Hampton University Going Green Week Earth Day celebration, and H.U. Beautification Day for the Spring 2011.
Activities of 2009-2010
- The Great American Cleanup, part of Keeping America Beautiful, is a coastal cleanup done on the Hampton River at SEEDS Ecology Club’s Adopt-A-Spot at the end of Queen Street. This cleanup was done May 27, 2010 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Forty-six volunteers including the Chapter President Evyn McManus, Chapter Vice President Jasmine Dow, Chapter Secretary Shalantae Hawkins and Advisor Dr. Barbara Abraham from SEEDS Ecology Club along with students from Dr. Abraham and Dr. Forbes Biology classes removed over 50 bags of trash from the coastal site.
- Chapter President Evyn McManus and Biology students Brian Tut, Bryce Ratliff, and Jason Sherer participated with the Hampton Clean City Commission for its Arbor Day Celebration Saturday April 10, 2010 by planting 100 bald cypress, 10 river birch, 10 red osier dogwoods, and 10 buttonbush shrubs in various parks such as Air Power Park, around the city of Hampton to prevent soil erosion.
- This year’s Earth Day Celebration was through Going Green Week sponsored by Hampton University’s Student Government Association with SEEDS Ecology Club and the Marine Science Club as its partners. April 19-24 consisted of living green awareness through a student center rally where the Marine Science Club initiated the week with a brief speech about Earth Day and the importance of going green. April 22, 2010 Earth Day was celebrated with an interactive seminar thrown by the Marine Science Club on Recycling. Friday April 23 was movie night outside the student center where Al Gore’s “The Inconvenient Truth” was played for all students and faculty. Saturday April 24 was Hampton University’s Beautification day where 58 SEEDS, Delta Theta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Kappa Mu, Biology students of Dr. Forbes and Abraham, Zeta Phi Beta, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Program, QT8, NABJ, Miss Hampton University, NAACP, Phi Beta Sigma, SEC, Omega Psi Phi, and Student Recruitment Team members joined together for campus beautification through painting projects in Turner, MLK, and Buckman Hall and flower planting outside of White, Holmes, S&T, and Marshall. SEEDS Club initiatives for Going Green Week were to raise ecological awareness on Hampton University’s campus, begin a going green movement at Hampton University and get students to begin living greener with an appreciation for their campus, and to sign various student organizations on campus to sign up for an Adopt-A-Spot to do coastal cleanups twice a semester.
- Barbara Abraham
"A Nature Trail for Pre-K through College Level Students" Special Project
The goal of this project is to create a nature trail to enhance the environmental literacy of pre-K through college students. The land is used as a grassy playground for young children in Hampton University's Child Development Center (CDC), but existing playground equipment is old and the area needs renovation. The procedures will include planning (currently underway), inventory of plant and animal species, digging, planting, fencing, and providing water sources for wildlife. Creation and maintenance of the trail and continuing species inventories will be accomplished by the investigators, SEEDS Ecology Chapter students, Work-Study students in the CDC, and volunteers. The project will largely be carried during the 2007-2008 academic year.
"Why Do Hampton University Biology Majors Prefer Medicine to Ecology" Special Project
There is a perception that biology majors at Hampton University (HU), an historically black institution, are almost all "pre-med, while few seek environmental courses or careers. The study through this project sought to (1) quantify the proportion of HU biology majors seeking health professional degrees and career and (2) explain the reasons for the perceived disparity. The study used two approaches to these goals: (1) an anonymous survey adminstered to students in freshman, sophomore, junior and senior biology courses during the 2004 spring semester and (2) a literature search and student testimonials. Evidence suggests that high school guidance counselors, math anxiety, and role models are among the important factors for minority students deciding on a career.
"Effects of Microenvironments on the Growth of Trees of the Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, Virginia" Special Project
The primary goal of this project was to utilize investigative ecological approaches to explore an ecological phenomenon of different environmental effects on the growth and development of conserved plant species, in such a manner that our science students, especially biology major students, are better prepared to participate in ecological research, ecological graduate training programs, and possible entry into ecological research-related careers. The research project examined the effects of three different microhabitats on the general growth and morphological development of common trees in a conserved forest in a typical forest of the eastern United States. The research project also aimed to obtain scienctific information on the ecology of forest trees that will be useful for other scientists in the study of forest ecosystem in the United States; train minority biology major students to understand, appreciate, and become actively engaged in botanical and ecological research; and, teach undergraduate students how to gather and analyze ecological data, and produce scientific reports for publication.