Vandal Explorer Series
Students Travel the World Performing Research
Research at U of I often takes place outside of the lab — and even beyond Idaho’s borders. Check out the research of students who, during summer 2019, traveled across the world to investigate everything from antelope diets in Mozambique to teach evolution on the Galápagos Islands. While in the field, the students tackled problems such as how to construct tools to sample Mars geology and questions like what drives the evolution of new species.
Kevin Cerna and Erika Rader investigate the environmental conditions surrounding past volcanic eruptions by studying crystal formation in the Pacific Northwest. Information from Earth's lava fields shows us how similar events could have formed Mars.
U of I researchers are digging into teaching evolutionary biology and biodiversity and what's driving evolution on the Galápagos Islands.
Matt Rafferty, Ryan Long and Hallie Walker are investigating how diets vary within a species — and perhaps how we get new species. They worked with three species of spiral-horned antelope in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Tara Kriz spent her summer traversing rockslides in Alaska while searching for pika, a relative of the rabbit. Kriz wants to know how the animals are adapting to climate change.
Architecture students traveled to Togo to create a conceptual design for a sustainable girls’ school. The Vandal students partnered with S H E | Style Her Empowered, a non-profit founded by a U of I alumna to create education and employment opportunities for women.