Nichols Students ‘Dig Into’ Wetlands Research

Dr. Prajjwal Panday, Nichols assistant professor of environmental science, brought his Physical World science students to the holding pond behind Fels Student Center and Shamie Residence Hall Thursday, August 30, for fieldwork. The group is working with University of Rhode Island (URI) junior Ehren Messinger and his URI Assistant Professor Soni Pradhanang on a project to treat polluted water with man-made floating wetland rafts. These rafts feature plants, soil, and root interactions similar to a natural wetland and provide a home to water-cleaning micro-organisms. Its purpose is to remove pollutants in the body of water, according to Dr. Panday.


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