Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs

Monitoring Riparian Restoration: Trees for Tribs in the Hudson and Beyond

Land development in many upstate New York watersheds has caused destruction to streams and rivers by increasing sediment deposits and reducing aquatic biodiversity. This project evaluates a state program called Trees for Tribs (tributaries) that is aimed at restoring riparian areas along the Hudson River by working with partners to assist in educating local residents about the importance of stream buffers and offering free native shrubs and trees for planting. Students conduct research at two new watershed planting sites in Middletown and Newburgh to experience the planting process. They also analyze other restored areas in the Trees for Tribs program by measuring factors such as stream slope and in-stream aquatic habitat. At the end of the research experience, the students prepare a final report and are encouraged to present it at an environmental advocacy conference or meeting.

The Team

  • Michael Todd Walter, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Alex Flecker, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Clifford Kraft, Department of Natural Resources
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Brian Rahm, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Community partner: Hudson River Estuary Program

Undergraduate Engaged Research Programs

Expanding the number of students involved in established community-engaged research.

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