RECCS 2021 Final Presentations

RECCS 2021 Final Presentations

RECCS 2021 Final Presentations

Research Experiences for Community College Students (RECCS) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aimed at engaging Colorado community college students in the earth and environmental sciences.

This 9-week summer program has brought together a cohort of 18 students from across Colorado to complete authentic research projects under the mentorship of scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado (CU), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR).

We invite you to join us in celebrating the excellent science, creativity and persistence of these next generation science leaders by attending both a virtual poster presentation session and a live-streamed symposium where the students will be giving short presentations on their research! 

2021 Boulder Summer Student Research Virtual Poster Symposium

July 29th, 3–4 pm MT

This year we are excited to welcome you to our first virtual poster symposium, featuring research from SOARS,  SIParCS, ATOC, RECCS, and NCAR|UCAR, including many working at NOAA. The persistence, dedication and talent of these students and their committed mentors in overcoming a pandemic to conduct research partially or fully remotely is inspiring. We are so grateful for the  commitment of the scientists and science institutions here in Boulder who volunteer as mentors and provide support to these programs, as well as  to the funding agencies who make undergraduate research possible. We  hope you will enjoy our virtual poster session and join us in congratulating  this next generation of Earth Scientists.

The virtual poster session will be held in Topia, an interactive virtual world. In this world, you are a small avatar who can walk around the world with your mouse or arrow keys. As you get close to another person, their video and microphone will activate, just as if you were walking close to someone in a real poster session! Use password Research to enter.


Closed Poster Evaluation Session 2:00 - 3:00 PM MDT: Poster Evaluators and Student Presenters ONLY

Open Viewing Session 3:00 - 4:00 PM MDT: All are welcome

Call for Poster Evaluators: 

Evaluators will have access to posters on Wednesday afternoon, July 28 for early review. Live Presentations and Evaluations will be held virtually on Thursday July 29th 2:00-3:00pm MT where Evaluators will interact with interns. Evaluators will provide feedback for approximately 3 posters. We're looking for ~90 evaluators! Sign up here. For questions about evaluation, please email

RECCS 2021 Oral Research Presentations

July 30th, 9am-12:10pm MT

The RECCS students have been working hard with teams of scientists to conduct field or lab-based independent research over the course of the summer. Please join us in celebrating the impressive work the RECCS students have accomplished this summer on Friday July 30th via Zoom and Facebook Live. Note: If choosing to join us via zoom, you will need to register, and will then be sent a unique link to join. 

Learn more about the 2021 Cohort and their projects here.

Presentation Schedule:

9:00 Kyle Greaves

Mega-cosms: A Climate Manipulation Experiment in Green Lakes Valley, CO

9:10 Mark Irby-Gill

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling Down the River: Will Harder Rocks Cause Your Waterfront Property to Roll into the River Faster?

9:20 Aubrey Jackson

Assessing Biogeochemical Heterogeneity in Subalpine Wetlands: Niwot Ridge, CO

9:30 Aislynn Connell

Accumulation of Sediment in Paonia Reservoir and its Effect on Storage Capacity

9:40 Daniel De Souza

Edge Effects on Soil pH, Vegetation Cover, and Canopy Cover

9:50 Meliah Dubus

Florrisant Formicids: Eocene to Modern Comparison

10:00 Magdalena Franchois

Exploring the Use of Silver Film to Detect the Presence of Sulfide in Wetland Soils: Adding a Silver Lining to Working with Challenging Terrain

10:10 Marie Lim

Examining Low Flow and High Flow Discharge on a Reach of the Colorado River and the Impact on Native Trout Species

10:20 Matthew Martinez

Drought Stressors and Cattle Grazing Effects on Prairie Grasses and Forbs Reproduction and Growth

-10:30 Break-

10:40 Jannetta Robinson

Can a Smartphone Magnetometer Capture Space Weather?

10:50 Nicholas Leftridge

Planetary K-index Forecast Verification

11:00 Adjoa Sakwa

Indoor Air Quality- Characterizing Emissions of Particulate Matter from Cooking Oils

11:10 Khokolah Sherzad

Detection of Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Power Plants in the United States.

11:20 Mai Abdelrahman

Emission of Aerosol During Covid-19 and Global Impact.

11:30 Lucas Dimoveo

Spectral Analysis of ENSO in the Niño 3.4 region

11:40 Crystal Gonzalez

Are 'Downscaled' Climate Models Good Enough for Pikas? A Test with Data from American Pika Habitats on Niwot Ridge

11:50 Grant Gonzalez

Through the Eyes of a Swallow: A Holistic Analysis of Humans' Connection to the Natural World

12:00 Liz Mathews

Observational Study of Barn Swallow Microbehaviors in Relation to Geomagnetic Fields

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