Environmental Science


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Wednesday, April 20th
9:10 AM

Alternatives to Animal Leather for Fashion Industry Using Bacterial Cellulose Sheets

Gabriela Georgieva, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Leather production from bacterial cellulose (BC) is one of the many vegan leather options explored through scientific research in response to the animal welfare in, and the environmental impact of, the fashion industry. This study attempted to replicate BC production using Komagataeibacter hansenii and Komagataeibacter xylinus. Groups of BC were then impregnated with differing amounts of Downy softener and either ... Read More

9:30 AM

Analysis of the Shinnery Oak Shrub Using High Resolution Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery

Lily Song '23, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Reyna Duffy '23, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

The Shinnery Oak (Quercus havardii) is a low clonal deciduous shrub native to the Great Plains of North America. Little research has been done on the disappearing specie’s ecology as the Shinnery Oak undesirably dominates the vegetation growing in its environment. Nonetheless, the species’ restoration is vital to biodiversity, the well being of endangered species in the community, and livestock ... Read More