URI junior learns about sustaining the landscape
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 28, 1998 -- "I'm studying the ecological
concept of 'survival of the fittest' as it pertains to the plant world,"
says Jessica Kostarides of Wakefield, R.I., a junior environmental plant
biology major at the University of Rhode Island. "The concept of sustainable
landscapes fascinates me," she says.
By examining foliage in URI's Learning Landscape for insect and disease
problems, Kostarides is testing the resilience of each cultivated variety.
Those plants that do not live up to their expected durability will no longer
be recommended for use in coastal areas.
Kostarides is involved in this project as a fellow for URI's Partnership
for the Coastal Environment, an eight-month program that incorporates students
into the research and outreach work of the professors and research staff
of the university. She is working with Plant Sciences Professor Richard
Casagrande of Kingston.
The URI Coastal Fellowship Program combines a structured, prestigious
undergraduate learning experience with the resources and talents of the
public and private sectors. While gaining the skills as well as the contacts
that will ensure their success, students build the confidence needed to
perform on the job before they enter the job market. Fellows also received
a stipend for their work over the summer.
Kostarides says she believes the interaction between her field work and
classroom learning is cyclical: "I have a better understanding of classroom
concepts through my work experience, and consequently I absorb more from
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