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Paul Schaeffer (Biology)

March 1, 2023

We are studying small mammal adaptations to winter cold, as well as the importance of native habitats for stopovers of migrating songbirds.

woods in the natural areas at dusk

Hank Stevens (Biology)

March 1, 2023

In Ecology of North America (BIO 176), we explore natural landscapes. One of the best ways to do this is to get outside, and use our senses of smell, sight, sound, and touch.

botanical society clearing honeysuckle from natural areas

Botanical Society

February 3, 2023

In the spirit of protecting and enriching the Natural Areas, the Miami University Botanical Society (MUBS) is helping to mitigate the spread of Amur honeysuckle.

student backpacking in the woods

Outdoor Pursuit Center

January 23, 2023

The Outdoor Pursuit Center uses the Miami Natural Areas for both teaching and teambuilding.

students in canoes on the shore of a river

Jason Rech (Geology)

December 20, 2022

The focus of my lab group's research in southwest Ohio is on understanding what streams were like prior to European settlement.

students mapping the trails in the natural areas

Robbyn Abbitt (Geography)

December 20, 2022

Miami's Geographic Information System (GIS) program is rooted in application.

a seedling

Abby Hay (Biology)

December 13, 2022

My project focuses on the individual and interactive effects of white-tailed deer and invasive plants on tree regeneration: both natural regeneration and artificial regeneration of planted seedlings.

bobcat on a camera recording

First bobcat photographed in Natural Areas

November 22, 2022

A trail camera placed and monitored by Miami University students captured a video of a bobcat, the first known photograph of this elusive and solitary animal taken in Miami's Natural Areas.

Myaamia Center

July 26, 2017

Each spring, students and staff from the Myaamia Center and students and staff from the Western Program tap ten sugar maple trees in Peabody Woods.

research photots

David Gorchov (Biology)

June 29, 2017

Effects of an invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii, and a generalist herbivore, white-tailed deer, on forest floor plant community composition.

bald eagle

David Russell (Biology)

July 21, 2014

For our bird research, we band birds, assign them numbers, capture lots of data about them; we monitor them year after year for how many return and what birds use the areas.