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Nicholas Lenze

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Nicholas Lenze

My name is Nicholas Lenze and I am a junior in the South Carolina Honors College pursuing a major in Biochemistry and minors in Spanish and Business Administration. I began this particular project in February 2013 as a research assistant for Amy Duernberger, a librarian at Newberry College. Over the course of the summer, I accompanied Amy on the hikes for twenty-five different grassy balds, took GPS tracks, compiled trail descriptions and wrote historical summaries. Conducting this research gave me immense insight into a topic unrelated to my major, but extremely fascinating nonetheless. I gained a comprehensive understanding about the grassy balds by researching them from a variety of perspectives, including ecological, historical, contemporary and recreational perspectives. I was able to improve my written and oral articulation skills by composing pieces for the published book, keeping a personal blog and presenting my results at Discovery Day 2014. I hope to eventually apply my love for discovery and my passion for writing in the field of medicine, as I pursue an M.D. degree following graduation. The South Carolina Honors College generously funded this research project through the Exploration Scholars Grant.

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My name is Nicholas Lenze and I am a junior in the South Carolina Honors College pursuing a major in Biochemistry and minors in Spanish and Business Administration. I began this particular project in ... read more

Articles by Nicholas Lenze

Discovering the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds

Little Hump and Big Hump

Discovering the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds   Abstract Grassy balds are unique Appalachian wonders, open meadows in the mountains where, ecologically, there should be trees. It has been hypothesized that some of the balds originated more than ten thousand years ago and were kept open by the grazing of large herbivores such as the mastodon

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