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Girresch , Rebecca  [1], Krakos, Kyra [1].

An Assessment of Communication Strategies in Engaging the Public in Undergraduate Research and Issues in Sustainability.

This research focused on identifying the most effective method of communication in educating and engaging undergraduate students and the public on issues in sustainability, specifically in developing long-term solutions to the Bush honeysuckle plant. Three methods of communication were investigated in this research study: media outlets, community organizations, and local schools. The effectiveness of each method was measured by its success in achieving two objectives: drawing undergraduate students and community members to an educational event; and informing participants about the threats invasive species pose to native ecosystems. Each method's effectiveness was measured quantitatively through surveys administered before and after the event. The outreach event served to both research the potential of grazing goats as a management solution to the juvenile Bush honeysuckle as well as to inform the public about this neighborhood issue. The outcomes of this research data will guide preparation for future communication with and engagement of the public not only in the honeysuckle project in the future, but also in other areas of undergraduate research at Maryville University. Furthermore these results are intended to be extended to the investigation into long-term solutions of invasive plant species at other institutions around the country.

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1 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63141, USA

invasive species
Educational strategies.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Eyrie/Boise Centre
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PTE015
Abstract ID:850
Candidate for Awards:None

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