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Vandal Explorer Series

Students Travel the World Performing Research

Research at U of I often takes place outside of the lab with experiments occurring across all of Idaho and even beyond the state's borders. Check out the research of a student who strapped on her boots and pack to investigate local botany in Idaho's Selkirk Mountains in summer 2020. In summer 2019, U of I students delved into studies of antelope diets in Mozambique and taught evolution on the Galápagos Islands. While in the field, the students tackle problems such as how to construct tools to sample Mars geology and questions like what drives the evolution of new species.

The Plants of the Selkirks

Harpo Faust is spending her summer traversing North Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains. She is building on collections of past botanists and expanding what we know about regional plant life of the Selkirks.

Weather Balloons

An eight-student team will chase a solar eclipse to Chile to learn about the weather caused by such a rare event. But first, they're practicing their data collection with weather balloons.

Yellowstone Ripples

Does Yellowstone’s volcanic activity shape nearby mountains and valleys? Chloë Weeks' research took her to untouched places throughout Montana’s Gallatin Valley and Yellowstone National Park to study the region’s geology.

Saving Crops

How can Idaho farmers prevent diseases in their fields? Master’s student Lara Brown is working on that under the mentorship of James Woodhall. Their research aims to detect disease before symptoms appear — helping growers protect their crops.


2019 Vandal Explorers

Volcanism Across Planets

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.

Evolution in the Galápagos

U of I researchers are digging into teaching evolutionary biology and biodiversity and what's driving evolution on the Galápagos Islands.

Answers from African Antelope

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.

Searching Peaks for Pika

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.

Designing a School

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.

Updated September 2020.

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University Communications and Marketing

Phone: 208-885-6291

Fax: 208-885-5841

Email: uinews@uidaho.edu

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