My name is Jacob Frame and I will be graduating from the Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources this spring. I am a Wildlife major with a minor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana and spent a lot of my time roaming around the woods behind my house. This is what sparked my interest in the natural resources field! During the summer of 2019, I worked as a field technician collecting data on small mammals for the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. The goal was to figure out how different tree harvesting methods affected populations of squirrels, chipmunks, and mice. Last summer, I worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources monitoring outbreaks of gypsy moths, which are an invasive species that can kill large patches of trees by feeding on their leaves.
I decided to participate in the REEU program because it sounded like a super fun educational experience! I am not sure if I would like to go to graduate school yet and this program will give me a taste of what it’s like to do graduate research. I am looking forward to developing closer relationships with my fellow undergraduate researchers as well as the faculty mentors. I can’t wait to develop my own research project and to learn something new about our beautiful natural world!