On the night England qualified for the world cup in South America three UVHS Biology students gave a presentation on their expedition to Central America last summer. The local Cumbria Wildlife Trust group invited Jasmine, Meghan and Rosie to talk about their trip to Mexico to study biodiversity and carbon sequestration. Twenty students travelled with Mr Ford to work with research scientists from a number of British universities and local organisations.
The students used mist nets to collect birds during the day and to capture bats at night. Line transects were followed to sample reptile and amphibian populations in different parts of the jungle and large quadrats were used to estimate the size and variety of trees and how much carbon they stored. Scuba diving on the coast allowed students to study the wide variety of corals and the devastating effects of bleaching. Sea grass populations were sampled and each evening two different turtle species were monitored on the local beaches as they lay their eggs.
Data from the research will be used by an international group of scientists to protect species diversity and limit the impacts of deforestation. The techniques used during the investigations are covered in the A level Biology course and the students found the hands on approach invaluable in supporting their academic studies back at UVHS.
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