EEB students share knowledge with local fifth-graders

In early December, Sarah Flynn and Noelle Schlenk from KU's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology shared their expertise with fifth grade students at Basehor Intermediate to shed light on a variety of topics and help inform an ongoing project.  The fifth-graders were researching ecosystems and working through the design process to create a museum exhibit and artist statement to display their knowledge of an ecosystem.  Flynn and Schlenk shared information about the carbon cycle, controlled burns vs. wildfires, their research with the carbon cycle on the Konza Prairie (drying streams and how that might impact carbon cycling), as well as the variety of careers in the field – from forest firefighters and forest fire prevention specialists to Phylogenetic researchers, professors, zoologists, curators and teachers!