Minot State's Amphibian Growth Project Awarded $68,000
On June 3, Minot State Universityís Amphibian Growth Project received a $68,000 grant from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to initiate and support amphibian biomonitoring internships during the summer months beginning in June 2008 until June 2010. The AGP is under the direction of Christopher Beachy, associate professor of biology, and is part of the Department of Biology.
With this grant funding, MSU will be collaborating with Fort Berthold Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College and the University of North Dakota to monitor amphibian populations in selected locations across the state of North Dakota. The project will help to foster the relationship between the NDGFD, tribal governments, MSU, UND, FBCC and TMCC. It will also provide opportunities for fulfillment of MSUís memorandums of understanding with FBCC and TMCC.
At FBCC, MSU instructors will work in partnership with Kerry Hartman, science faculty member, and Fred Poitra, director of the Three Affiliated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Division. They will work with Scott Hanson, chair of the Department of Science, at TMCC.