While her peers sat in their classrooms learning in the traditional way, Amanda Oertell was trekking through snow-covered trails in her black Converse sneakers, climbing over patches of ice and fallen tree branches toward a research site at the top of a hill.
She walked the trail with determination — seemingly not discouraged by the winter chill or frozen ground which she’d soon need to dig into to. Under her arm, Oertell carried a big cylinder drill pipe under her arm as she hiked to the site with the rest of the group. She would need the drill pipe to collect soil samples.
Unlike a traditional science class, the few students in Ed Lindsey’s collaborative research course are collecting data that will help climate researchers at University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space study how regions with historically harsh winters, such as Maine and New Hampshire, are changing over time.