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research AND restoration

When Quinn Collins enrolled in a conservation biology class he didn't realize the impact the class would have on his future as well as the future of one of the university's most treasured natural areas. The class spent a semester researching and developing a plan for better managing the invasive plant species that are threatening the biodiversity of Putnam Park, a 230-acre nature preserve that cuts through the campus. Quinn then spent a spring semester helping to complete the proposed management plan and sharing it with campus and community groups who support is necessary for the plan to be implemented. Quinn - a biology, ecology and environmental biology major who graduated in May - welcomed the opportunity to use his research and critical-thinking skills to help preserve a natural area that provides the campus community with many learning and recreational opportunities. His work to manage the invasive plants in Putnam Park helped him land a job with the Great Basin Institute in Nevada, a nonprofit organization that works with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. He's now working there as an invasive plant mapping and treatment technician. Thanks to his research AND restoration efforts, Quinn has a job that he's excited about in his field, and he helped preserve Putnam Park for future Blugolds to use and enjoy.