Student Research

ES students and faculty members work side-by-side on research projects that lead to publications in scholarly journals and professional conference presentations. Student-faculty collaboration is a priority not only in the ES department, but throughout Gettysburg College, which helps students obtain support for undergraduate research and creative activities.

Students on top of the hill

Check out the recent honors thesis projects students have conducted with guidance from ES professors.

Open access publications by ES students

A Biological Assessment of Water Quality in El Placer, Ecuador: The Effect of Agriculture on Stream Health and the Quality of Historical Versus Current Drinking Water Sources

Danielle C. Kleinberg — Mon, 10 Apr 2023

Although fresh water is one of Ecuador’s most abundant resources, high quality drinking water for its inhabitants is scarce (Wingfield et al., 2021). The most prevalent sources of water pollution in...

Land Use as a Predictor of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Presence on the Entebbe Coast of Lake Victoria, Uganda

Zachary Hoffman — Mon, 10 Apr 2023

Lake Victoria is shared amongst Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda and has tremendous ecological, economical, and cultural significance. Within the lake system, there are several problems, including the proliferation...

Assessing and Mapping the Spatial-Temporal Change in Forest Phenology of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest using Moderate Resolution Satellite

Bailey M. Ytterdahl — Mon, 10 Apr 2023

This study focuses on coastal forests in Kenya that have some of the highest variety of flora and fauna, specifically Arabuko Sokoke Forest. Arabuko Sokoke Forest is located 110 miles north of Mombasa...

Occurrence and Ecosystem Effects of Hiking Off-Trail in Michaux State Forest

Diana Biesecker et al. — Thu, 06 Oct 2022

American public lands provide significant outdoor recreational opportunities that enhance an individual's physical and mental well-being. Hiking is an example of a highly accessible and affordable recreational...

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