Independent Environmental Science Projects

Three students spent the school year creating Geographic Information System (GIS) Story Maps using the Esri ArcGIS platform as part of independent science projects. All three Story Maps were submitted to the Connecticut state-level competition for consideration in the 2019 ArcGIS National Competition.

1. Pilot Bioacoustics Study of Avian Wildlife by Lee Mashburn '19

The Eversource Energy company has asked Marvelwood School to monitor the differences in avian populations between a 23-acre clearcut with reserves, and a mature forest section in the Skiff Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Specifically, Eversource Energy wants documentation of how the avian population changes over time, especially as succession occurs within the clearcut with reserves management area.

Lee's Full Story Map 

2. Are Acoustic Contributions To The Connecticut Bird Atlas Possible? by Oliver Sanchez '20

The Marvelwood School has studied bird populations on Skiff Mountain since 2001. My project focused on trying to determine if we could use bioacoustic data to contribute to the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project.

Oliver's Full Story Map

3. Birding the Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve by Madelyn Malinowski '21

The Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve is a large piece (241 acres) of forested land located area above Kent Falls that is protected by Kent Land Trust. A lot of people are not aware of its existence, or its abundance of birds and trails. Since 2015, 60 species of birds have been documented on the property by The Marvelwood School, Kent Land Trust, Tobin Family and now the CTP program!

Madelyn's Story Map was a year-long project through UConn's Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) program, which partners teens and adult community volunteers to create and conduct a local conservation project. Read more.

Madelyn's Full Story Map

5/20/19: Exciting Update! Madelyn's Story Map won 1st Place!

Congratulations to Connecticut’s two winners and to all of the students and teachers who participated this year! Please visit the CT Maps Competition webpage on the CT GIS Network website and take a minute to view all of the winning story maps. The students have worked hard on these.

High School Division Winner:
1st Place | Birding the Audrey & Robert Tobin Preserve
Student Author: Madelyn Malinowski
Teacher: Laurie Doss
School: The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
View: Details, Story Map

Middle School Division Winner:
1st Place | Water Quality of the Rippowam River
Student Author: Aryan Pandalai
Teacher: Jennifer Ferris
School: Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT
View: Story Map