2014 Winning Essays

The Young Naturalist Awards essays, written by students in grades 7 through 12, ranged from an investigation of ways to reduce water evaporation from soil using organic wheat straw, to the effects of urbanization on the diets of northern diamondback terrapins, to the discovery of ancient cedars in Ohio.

Algae: A Truly Green Fuel to Power the World

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Algae: A Truly Green Fuel to Power the World

Algae biofuel is a promising alternative to other biofuels. However algae can’t produce oil cheaply enough to make it cost-effective. This young naturalist decided to investigate aspects of algae production that had not been thoroughly researched. Learn what he discovered.

Weed Warfare: Investigating Allelopathy: Year IV

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Weed Warfare: Investigating Allelopathy: Year IV

Pesticides can kill invasive plant species but at what cost to the environment? This ecologically-minded young naturalist tested the effectiveness of using one invasive plant species to control another. See her findings

Effects of Sewage Spillage on the Health of the Wekiva River

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Effects of Sewage Spillage on the Health of the Wekiva River

When officials announced that a sewage spill in a local river had been cleaned up, this young naturalist had her doubts. She conducted water quality testing along the river’s route. See what her investigation uncovered.

Anomalies in the Diets of Malaclemys terrapin, the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, in the Bays of Long Island, NY: The Impact of Urbanization on Unus...

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Anomalies in the Diets of Malaclemys terrapin, the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, in the Bays of Long Island, NY: The Impact of Urbanization on Unus...

How has urbanization impacted the diets of northern diamondback terrapins in Jamaica Bay, a large wildlife refuge in New York City? How does their diet compare to that of terrapins in a more suburban setting? These are the questions this young naturalist focused on as he collected and studied fecal samples of terrapins at both sites. Read his surprising findings.

Chang Won was the recipient of The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Award for his study.

SELECT PAGE