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Dr. Matthew Opdyke, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology and student, Bryan Dolney presented posters at the national Ecological Society of America conference in Albuquerque on August 7, 2009. The posters displayed their research in using dendrochronology (tree-age classification) in wetland conservation with the Allegheny Land Trust at Wingfield Pines near Bridgeville and using lichen (algae-fungus symbionts) as air-quality indicators in Allegheny and surrounding counties.

Next August, the Ecological Society of America conference will be held in Pittsburgh, attracting over 4,000 international ecologists to the area. This will provide biological science students involved in research with a unique opportunity to present their work to international audiences.