On April 13 and 14, 2018, Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the Biology Department at East Georgia State College, and John Sanders, who is attending EGSC to earn his Bachelor of Science in Biology, attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Sciences. This meeting was held at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. The goal of the Georgia Academy of Sciences is the fostering of scientific research and the promotion of science education in the state of Georgia.
Sanders presented research that he and Johnathan Davis performed during the Spring and Summer of 2017. Sanders’s presentation was titled “Baseline Water Monitoring of the Ohoopee River.”
Both Sanders and Davis were interns with the Altamaha Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization whose goal is to protect and restore the Altamaha River and its watershed. Students tested water quality at three sites on the Ohoopee River, located in Reidsville, above and below the wastewater treatment plant. This research is part of a long-term collaboration between the Altamaha Riverkeeper and EGSC to create a baseline dataset of measurements to determine potential influences of wastewater release on the river’s health.
“It was an honor to be able to represent EGSC at the Georgia Academy of Science,” said Sanders. “Being able to present to other science-oriented students and professors from across the state was a great experience.”
“I am extremely proud of both John and Johnathan for performing an outstanding monitoring of the Ohoopee River,” said Dr. Chevalier. “John’s presentation at the meeting was excellent and a reflection of the quality of the students in the EGSC Bachelor of Science in Biology program.”