Pittsburg State University is selected for unique program by the Smithsonian

Pittsburg State University is selected for unique program by the Smithsonian
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Pittsburg State University in partnership with the City of Pittsburg, is participating in a national campaign from the Smithsonian.

Pittsburg State University along with the City of Pittsburg were chosen for this unique project because of research from PSU student Caleb Durbin that the lead Smithsonian researcher for the project came across. The project consists of placing cameras across a certain location near Pittsburg to capture the movements of different mammals in the area. Assistant Biology Professor, Christine Brodsky, says this is a great opportunity for the students. “The whole point of this is for all these students to get exposed to how to work with a camera trap, it’s a really common way to sample mammals, so, they’ll graduate knowing how to do this kind of technique and analyze the data, so I want them all to have their hands in this project.”

Brodsky says the research will continue for eight weeks. What they hope to learn is what kind of animals live in the area, how they interact with it, and what people can do to make the environment better for them. Brodsky says “If we have a diverse mammal community, we’ll have a diverse plant community, it’s all interconnected, and, having greater biodiversity is good for our environment, it’s also good for people, it’s a better place to live, so it’s good not only for Kansas, but nationwide.”

Brodsky says another unique part of the data, is once it’s collected, everyone will have access to it. “And then all that data is publicly available, so after, November, December, you should be able to go on to eMammal and see what kind of animals we were finding in Pittsburg.”

Officials say they’re keeping the name of the location secret to ensure there’s no disturbances during the research.

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