PhilaU Scientists Present Invasive Species Research at International Conference

Two Philadelphia University students and one graduate presented their research, “Challenge of Invasive Species in the Herbaceous Layer for Urban Forest Restoration,” at the International Student Conference on Conservation, held last month at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Daniel Sulon, an environmental sustainability major, Shane McFoy, a biology major, and Rachel Soroka ’15, who studied environmental and conservation biology, were selected through a competitive process to present their analysis of twenty years of data on how plants, birds and the soil food web respond to controlling the deer population.

Victoria Unger ’11, who studied environmental and conservation biology, helped prepare the presentation.

The conference for early career professionals was sponsored by the Center of Biodiversity Conservation.  The majority of the presentations were by scientists completing their doctoral dissertation research for an audience including scientists, conservationists and policymakers from more than 83 countries.

“Presenting at this international conference was a prestigious opportunity for our students,” said Anne Bower, associate professor of biology, who served as faculty mentor. “They received feedback from international professionals on their work on the long-term restoration project Philadelphia University is working on with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.”

The students received support from the Martinson Family Foundation and the College of Science, Health, and Liberal Arts to participate in the conference.

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