Field Research at Crater Lake National Park
Janel L. Lajoie is currently earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Ecology and Conservation. She anticipates graduating summa cum laude in December 2014.
Janel is interested in the areas of wildlife management and human/wildlife interactions, specifically concerning implications on wildlife in relation to recreational use of our National Parks. While an undergraduate at Southern Oregon University in 2013 Janel conducted research for the university in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy for the purpose of establishing data in 93 control plots in the Ashland, Oregon watershed. Janel utilized GPS and GIS software, determined and navigated to the plot locations, collected and recorded variable and fixed plot data, and applied data analysis techniques to establish baseline information for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project Legacy Tree Effectiveness Monitoring Plan. For a combined practicum and internship in 2014 Janel wrote a competitive proposal and received a fellowship with the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. During the course of this fellowship Janel created a study design and conducted independent research on the abundance of the Black-backed Woodpecker within the National Park boundaries.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies at Southern Oregon University Janel is committed to continuing her academic journey by attending an ecologically based doctoral program which will allow her opportunities for field work and research in harmony with nature. Janel is looking forward to conducting research with colleagues – the results of which she expects will have a positive effect on communities and the planet.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gregory Jones, Director: Business, Communications, and the Environment
Brochure about Lajoie's 2014 research project: Abundance of the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) amid recent Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) Infestations within Crater Lake National Park, Oregon