Ohio Sea Grant Summer Student Internship
Project Number: E/OCF-001-PD, Completion Report
Start Date: 5/1/2000
Completion Date: 10/30/2000
Revision Date: 3/12/2012
|Principal Investigator(s)||1.||Frank R. Lichtkoppler, Sea Grant Extension The Ohio State University*|
|Co-Principal Investigator(s)||2.||Tim Matson, Cleveland Museum of Natural History*|
|This shows the current affiliation and may not match affiliation at time of participation. *|
|Source: Ohio Sea Grant College Program|
|Source Fund||State Match||Pass Through|
|Total||$ 4,745.00||$ 12,677.00||$ 0.00|
To partner with other educational institutions in Ohio's Lake Erie coastal region to advance the education of individual students by providing a
A small amount of travel money and expendable supply money will facilitate the work of the student involved with this project.
The student selected by the CMNH will assist with summer fieldwork and learn data collection techniques, field sampling techniques, scientific collecting techniques,, specimen preservation, data processing and computer cataloging of scientific data. Field techniques to be learned will include hands-on experiential fish seining, electro fishing, seining and dip netting of amphibian larvae, animal habitat inspection, and turtle trapping. Learning to identify collected specimens will be part of the work duties.
Benefits & Accomplishments
- A workable model for a cooperative educational work experience for a summer student intern has been developed that can partner Ohio Sea grant with a coastal agency, organization and/or group. The student benefits from real world work experience gained and the local agency/group gains from the students labor. Ohio Sea Grant gains from the additional work capability and from the additional scientific knowledge developed through the work experience.
- The student successfully assisted Dr. Tim Matson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in the second field season of a multi year effort to survey the fishes, amphibians and reptiles of the Conneaut Creek and the Ashtabula River drainage systems. During 2000 a total of 36 sites in the two river systems were visited (many several times) and intensive surveys were conducted. Voucher specimens were collected, identified and catalogued by the student. The student processed the fish specimens and learned to identify, preserve and catelogue fish specimens. The student learned field collection techniques. The student reports a greater interest in learning mora about biology as a result of his work experience.
The data collected will help local Ashtabula River partnership in learning the status of the upper Ashtabula River system. This information will be useful in the Natural Resource Damage accessment and restoration process. At least one salamander (mudpuppy) is thought to be declining in the Ashtabula River drainage system from this summers work. Several new drainage records for fish and reptiles were documented. These new records include black crappie, brook stickleback, central mudminnow, grass pickeral, rosy red minnow, Fowler's toad, northern red-bellied snake, queen snake, eastern soft-shelled turtle, spotted turtle, and erythristic red-backed salamander.
Maps, figures and tables for the Conneaut drainage will be prepared for publication this winter.
This data will be included in a scientific publication planned upon the completion of the survey work in 2001 or 2002.
Publications & Media
|Matson, Timothy O., Roberta Muehlheim and James C. Spetz. 2004, Survey of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles of the Conneaut Creek Drainage System, Ashtabula County, Ohio|
Kirtlandia 54:132 March 2004. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, Ohio. Made available by Ohio Sea Grant as OHSU-RS-284
|Brochure, fact sheets, posters, research summaries|
|Spetz, James. 2000, Summer Internship. Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Mimeo. September|
5 pp. UNAVAILABLE
|Jim Spetz - Senior (Graduate)|
The Ohio State University
Title: Baldwin Wallace College