Creative Inquiry Projects

What is it?

It's the generation of an Aha! moment. It's small group learning for 14,000. It's the imaginative combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research, and it is unique to Clemson University.

Students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. Team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and typically span three to four semesters. Students take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers.

Impacts of Abundant Mammalian Predators on the Nesting Success of a Federally Threatened Turtle

Principal Investigator(s):
Cady Etheredge, Forestry & Natural Resources
Greg Yarrow,PhD, Forestry & Natural Resources

Members:
Cady Etheredge, Forestry & Natural Resources
Description:

Students will address problems related to community dynamics between abundant vertebrate predators (coyotes and raccoons) and the federally threatened loggerhead turtle. The course will be offered summer semesters on site at the Yawkey Center, off the coast of Georgetown, SC. Students will be expected to participate in field work in extreme conditions (i.e. mosquitoes, heat, etc.). They will also participate in literature reviews, lab work, and will be offered the opportunity to present their research at a national conference.

 


Exploration of the Physical, Chemical, and Biological Properties of Geographically-Isolated Wetlands in Upstate South Carolina

Principal Investigator(s):

Bryan Brown,PhD, Forestry & Natural Resources
Robert Baldwin,PhD, Forestry & Natural Resources
Amber Pitt,PhD, Forestry & Natural Resources

Members:
Joanna Hawley, Forestry & Natural Resources
Description:

Exploration of the Physical, Chemical, and Biological Properties of Geographically-Isolated Wetlands in Upstate South Carolina Student Activities Students will primarily be involved in field sampling of wetland systems. This would include: • Water sampling, including water quality, and chemical analyses • Soil sampling and analysis • Measurement of physical dimensions of wetland systems • Assessment of wetland hydrology • Collection and identification of invertebrates for quantitative enumeration • Collection and identification of vegetation • Collection and identification of fish and amphibians (egg mass counts) • Use of GIS systems • Data recording Students will also be involved in the processing and analysis phase of the research: • Laboratory analysis of nutrient levels and water quality • Enumeration of invertebrates • Data summary and statistical analysis • Post analysis presentation (poster projects).

 


 

Birds of Prey on the Clemson Experimental Forest: A Population Study

Principal Investigator(s):
William Bowerman, None

Members:
Description:

A survey to determine species, numbers, and how well birds of prey reproduce on the Clemson Experimental Forest. We will find out where the nests are, which are productive, then handle and band nestling birds of prey.