Biology Student's Research Examines the Impact of Bullfrogs on the Ecosystem
Research is like a puzzle for Rachel Araiza ’22. “I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out,” said Araiza.
A love of the outdoors and biology led her to the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to examine the eating habits of the bullfrogs that live in the wetlands.
Araiza’s research project, Diet Patterns and Preferences of the American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) population in Fernhill Wetlands, takes a look at the bullfrog’s impact on the local ecosystem. She says working with experienced students and faculty on the research project her freshman year was an invaluable experience.
After she graduates in 2022, Araiza would like to join the Peace Corps and travel before going back for a master’s degree in biology.