What does it look like to study STEM at Barnard? For students taking Intro to Or…

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What does it look like to study STEM at Barnard? For students taking Intro to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Lab, it‘s spending an afternoon researching bee diversity on the Milstein Center terrace green roofs.

For one week, intro bio lab students are surveying different plots dispersed along the green roof’s vegetation, counting the total number of bee species that pollinate flowers, and then going back to the lab to analyze data. The data they collect will help them think through critical questions like how green roof design affects species diversity of animal pollinators and how species diversity could be potentially increased in these spaces.

“Students will hopefully leave this field-based lab with a greater understanding and appreciation for urban areas and especially green roofs as providing valuable habitat for wildlife diversity,” says James Casey, Senior Associate Lab Director, Biology Department.

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