Janel Roberge, a junior biology major at Saint Michael's
College, traveled with her professor and students from
another institution, to the annual international Aquatic
Sciences meeting Feb. 13-18 in Puerto Rico. Ms. Roberge,
Janet and Normand Roberge of Milan, N.H., graduated from
Berlin High School before coming to Saint Michael's, located
in Burlington, Vt. (one of the top 10 college towns in
Ms. Roberge presented research that resulted
from an extensive Streams Project carried out in Vermont
last summer, coordinated by Saint Michael's biologist, Dr.
Declan McCabe. The project involved students from nearby
University of Vermont, Puerto Rican students who did
research in Vermont last summer, and a number of other
At the conference Ms. Roberge and Professor McCabe and
other participants visited two of the project's high school
partners from Puerto Rico, visited four stream sites where
they took samples, and visited the rain forest and the
"bioluminescent" bay. They also attended numerous research
presentation sessions at the week-long conference.
Ms. Roberge's research, carried out with Professor
McCabe, is titled, "The Effects of Phosphorus on Benthic
Macroinvetertebrates in the Lake Champlain Basin."
Professor McCabe presented two other papers at the
conference, fully called American Society of Limnology and
Oceanography, Aquatic Sciences Meeting. One of Professor
McCabe's presentations was co-authored with two Saint
Michael's recent graduates, Alexandra Canepa (Saint
Michael's College class of 2010 and Ian Myers (Saint
Michael's College class of 2009).