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Library Student Worker Zach Nickerson Recognized for His Innovative Research

Posted by isulib on November 4, 2014

Zach, a senior from Columbus, Indiana, spent last summer at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program studying how oysters can help improve water quality in Chesapeake Bay.  His experiments involved observing and measuring the denitrification properties of oysters, that is to say, the chemical process they undergo that removes pollutants from the water.  The results of his work have been followed with considerable interest in certain academic circles, so much so that he has been invited to present at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s international conference in Granada, Spain in February.

Zach’s research proficiency and creative thinking prove once again that no end of good things await the Cunningham’s student workers.  It’s clear as can be that a direct causal relationship can be drawn between their experience of working in the library and their future success.  The world is truly their oyster.

There are links to some photos of Zach at the end of the ISU Today article about him at  In one of them he is emerging from the Bay wearing gloves in Sycamore blue admiring an oyster he has just brought up from the depths.

Written by Brian Bunnett, Chair, Public Services Department, where Zach works


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