The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES)
Fifteen high school and college students from communities across the Hudson Valley recently completed an innovative two-week research program together with DEC education staff and scientists at the Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg. The students conducted environmental research projects along the banks of the Hudson River and in freshwater tidal wetlands examining the water quality, plant life, and fish biological diversity of the estuary. The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES) is a summer field research and laboratory science experience with DEC’s Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Hudson River Estuary Program, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship.
This was the third year of the program. Many previous participants returned in mentorship roles and guiding newcomers with their projects. The students worked together to formulate scientific questions, gather field data, conduct scientific analysis, and complete final research presentations on water-quality conditions, plant habitats, and fish diversity. Student exceeded expectations with very compelling presentations of their work to family and Hudson Valley community members.
Local public school teachers took part in TIDES to gain field science research experience to bring back to their home classrooms, while also serving as mentors for students in this program. Guest scientists lead research seminars for the students throughout the program, introducing them to a wider world of environmental science monitoring and communication. Strong bonds were formed between DEC Estuary Program staff, the Student Conservation Association interns, and the student research participants in TIDES, which will help serve these young people well on their future career paths.