Biology

Agroecology researchers present findings at the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic chapter meeting

On Saturday April 6th, senior Kirk Cherneskie and junior Madison Moses, accompanied by their advisor, Dr. Denise Finney, joined ecologists from universities and colleges throughout the region at the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic chapter meeting at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. The theme of the meeting was the “Ecology of Unintended Consequences” and featured oral and poster presentations from a range of ecological disciplines.

Kirk Cherneskie (BIO ’19) presented his research poster entitled “Soil health in organic and conventional vegetable systems under different tillage regimes.” Kirk carried out this honors research project in collaboration with the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA, using several laboratory techniques to quantify soil chemical and biological indicators of soil health.

Madison Moses (ENV ’20) also presented a poster on agroecology highlighting her research, “Ecologically-based agricultural management practices impact soil nitrogen dynamics.” Madi designed and carried out this research project at the Ursinus College student farm in summer 2018 and is currently preparing to repeat the study this summer.