The Wren Building as a Black Space

During the fall of 2016, I took a Hinduism course that met in the basement of the Wren building. Two months into the semester I was informed by a friend of mine that those classrooms were once used as slave kitchens. This news shocked me, as I hadn’t previously thought about the history of the space that I was learning in. That semester, I created a short podcast in which I discussed the Wren building’s history as a black space with Dr. Susan Kern and Kimberly Renner, the women who run the Old Campus here at William and Mary. As part of my project this summer I am planning to record a longer, more in depth version of this podcast. Listen to the podcast below for a sneak peek at my larger project!

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Final Summary: Modeling Milkweed Population Dynamics

Since┬áthe summer research session is coming to an end and the first major phase to my project is almost “finished”, this seems like a good time to write my final post, wrapping up what I’ve been doing all summer, what has come from my work, and how this will transition into the next phases of the project. Just as a friendly reminder, this project is focussed on community ecology and population dynamics of the Common Milkweed, with the specific goal of modeling the size and demographic behavior of the population as a function of factors like herbivory and leaf chemistry. We use field-collected data and computational/statistical models in the R programming language to determine these relationships, that could inform management policies and conservation strategies.

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