Wilkes Research Culture Puts Students At Its Center
By Vicki Mayk MFA ’13
When Amanda Schall ’17 graduated from Wilkes, she received a present from Jeff Stratford, associate professor of biology.
It was a machete engraved with the Wilkes logo, Schall’s name and the words “Stratford Lab Legends.” The memento commemorated the four years she spent as a student researcher in his lab. Stratford, who is an ornithologist, is assisted by students as he studies environmental impacts on bird populations, food webs and other ecology-related topics.