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2013 Winning Essays

Part of the Young Naturalist Awards Curriculum Collection.

The  Young  Naturalist Awards essays, by students in grades 7 through 12, ranged from a study of mammalian species in an urban, fragmented area, to the investigation of a river’s health, to studies centered on methods for  improving biofuel yield.

Article A Study of the Effectiveness of Deer Repellents on the Eating Habits of White-tailed Deer Chelsea—Deer grazing on the family’s plants and shrubs motivated this young naturalist to find a solution. Find out what she discovered. Article Urban Birds in Central Park Claire—The spotting of a red-tailed hawk near her home inspired this young naturalist to investigate how birds live in a city environment.... Article Weed Warfare: Investigating Allelopathy Julia—Pesticides can kill invasive plant species but at what cost to the environment? This ecologically-minded young naturalist tested... Article Bacterial Activity in Different Water Sources: A Sequel Comparative Study Vrinda—This young naturalist wondered whether bacteria cultured from a deep aquifer were less harmful than bacteria found in lake... Article Floating Docks Provide Footing for Exotic Marine Species: Differences in Dock Substrate Types Within a Coastal Pond Sophie—Invasive marine species often attach themselves to floating docks. This young naturalist wondered whether the material the... Article Troubled Waters: An Analysis of Water Quality and Biota in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River Sterling—A concern for the health of a river led this young naturalist to conduct water quality studies along the river’s route.... Article Significantly Increasing the Concentration of Cellulosic Ethanol Using Cedecea davisae Abby—Fossil fuel will one day run out, but can ethanol, a fuel source made from plant matter, replace fossil fuel? See what this... Article Manipulating Mutant Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strains in Hydrogen production: A Novel Source of Renewable Energy Kriti -- Her concern for finding a renewable energy source inspired this young naturalist. Learn what she discovered when she created... Article The Effects of Soil Nitrogen Content on the Caloric Investments of the Carnivorous Plant Drosera capenis Melody—Intrigued by carnivorous plants, this young naturalist was inspired to research whether or not the plants would capture more... Article The Effects of Heat-Shock Therapy on the Immunity of Hard Clams With Quahog Parasite Unknown Disease Meghana—The clam population in the New England area has deteriorated as a result of a parasitic disease. This young naturalist experimented... Article Analysis of the Composition of Mammalian Species in an Urban, Fragmented Area in Southern California Tanner—A love of animals led this young naturalist to investigate the effect of urbanization on mammal species in fragmented areas... Article Optimizing Algae Biofuels: Applied Natural Selection to Improve Lipid Synthesis Sara—Algae biofuel is a promising alternative to other biofuels, but can its production be cost-effective? This young naturalist...