Walelign, a TRIO Starting Point student, has been offered a five week research experience with The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) through the North Star STEM Alliance. Research study: In October, 2015, a non-native, female Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) was discovered for the first time in DEWA, in one of the ponds that is immediately adjacent to, and drains into, VanCampens Brook. Rusty Crayfish can dramatically alter aquatic ecosystems, and they threaten the ecological integrity and recreational values of the lakes, ponds, and streams in DEWA and the Delaware River. In particular, they are an imminent threat to the ecological integrity of VanCampens Brook.
North Star STEM Alliance students are to assist with crayfish surveys in the lakes, ponds, and streams in DEWA to determine the presence or absence of Rusty Crayfish and other crayfish species. Surveys will initially focus in and around VanCampens Brook and Watergate Pond #10 where the Rusty Crayfish was found in October, 2015.
Walelign was born in Ethiopia but lived in Kenya most of his life with his family. In 2012 he traveled to Minnesota to pursue his educational goals. Walelign is an alumni from the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, and a current student with TRIO Starting Point at MCTC. He is currently a student in the Mathematics program, a member of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), and a member of North Star STEM Alliance. After graduation, Walelign plans to transfer to the University of Minnesota for the Environmental Engineering program, and then return to Africa to work on clean water initiatives.
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