An area research project is combining the passions of ecology and archaeology. 10 undergraduate students from around the country are studying field archaeology and long-term fish monitoring programs in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, in a program hosted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in collaboration with the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Carol Colaninno-Meeks, PhD is the principal investigator of the program and research assistant professor in the SIUE STEM Center. She tells The Big Z this program, above all, teaches the students how to conduct research.

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This is a project in which scholars suggest that humans are now more influence on climate and environmental conditions than natural processes. The students' work will be featured at a Symposium being held from 1-3pm Thursday, July 26 in SIUE's Morris University Center Mississippi Room.

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