EWU McNair Scholar Makenna Tabino Completes Summer Research Internship

Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Makenna Tabino for completing her McNair Summer Research Internship! She worked with mentor & department chair Dr. Rebecca Brown on Makenna's summer 2023 research, "Determining the Long-Term Effectiveness of Seeding Post-Dam Removal in the Elwha River, WA, Through Soil Seed Bank Analysis". Her research project is a collaboration with the nonprofit Ducks Unlimited, led by manager of conservation programs Chris Bonsignore. Their research was presented August 16, 2023 at the McNair Summer Research Symposium.

Makenna remarks "the objective of this project is to use the composition of the soil seed bank todetermine the long-term effectiveness of seeding post-dam removal in the former Lake Mills reservoir."

Makenna Tabino will graduate from Eastern Washington University with a B.S. in Biology (Wildlife Management Track). As a Running Start student, she spent her last two years of high school attending EWU as a full-time student. She is passionate about ecology and conservation, especially in regards to wetlands. Some of her interests include restoration ecology, wetland management, and community (multi-species) interactions.