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1 .<-NARRATOR:->Listen to a conversation between a student and an ecology professor.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->I have some good news for you.
2 .One of the students who was signed up for the summer term at the field station next year won't be attending after all.
3 .Your name's first on the waiting list, so if you still want to do it, the space is available.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Aw, that's terrific!
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->You were also interested in doing an independent research project next summer, right?
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Yeah, on salt-marsh restoration—but that was before, when I thought I wasn't going to get into the field station.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Well, you can still do it if you want.
2 .I looked over your application for the independent research project, and it looks strong: I approved it.
3 .And you'd have even more resources there at the field station, so...
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->[thoughtful, musing tone] The field station and an independent study...
2 .But the summer term is a few weeks shorter than a regular term...
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Wh-it's up to you. You'd have to work hard, but I think you can do very well.
2 .Professor Garfield-one of the professors over at the field station-
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->[interrupting] Yeah, I've heard of him.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Yes, well, Professor Garfield's been doing research on salt marshes for years, assessing human impact and methods of salt-marsh restoration.
2 .He's willing to oversee your project.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Wow!That's too good an opportunity to pass up.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->[positive tone with happy chuckle] I thought you'd say that.
2 .When I spoke with Dr. Garfield, he suggested you take a particular course he'll be teaching here in the spring...it's called Advanced Topics in Salt-Marsh Management.
3 .The course looks at salt-marsh ecology in-depth, and it also focuses on factors that stress salt-marsh systems, and how to assess and monitor the level of stress.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->[excitedly] And that background information will fit right into my project on salt-marsh restoration. This is so great.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Oh, one more thing. Do you know John Arnold?
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Not really, But he lives in my dorm. Why?
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->John's another ecology student who'll be at the field station next summer. I approved an independent research project for him, too.
2 .Initially he had the same concern as you. But anyway, his topic will be similar to yours.
3 .He'll be researching how bridges and culverts that have been installed to allow tidal waters to move underneath roads between the sea and the salt marshes.Well, they're often too small...
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->I guess that would result in not enough tidal water flowing into the marshes to maintain the natural vegetation, right?
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Exactly. And he'll be looking at how to determine the right size.
2 .So I was thinking he might be a good choice for a summer roommate for you.