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April 20, 2023

Lycophytes! The Giants of Yesterday & Our Hidden Little Heros of Today

Acknowledgments:

I would like to thank my professor and faculty mentor, Dr. Shackleford for her continuous support and care in the drafting and finalizing of this infographic. Through her work and time dedicated to my biology class, I was able to have the means and resources to make this infographic. I would also like to thank my St. Mary’s Research Scholar Tutor, Jose Chaman for his amazing and helpful tips and encouragement during the beginning stages of this process and for my friend and peer reviewer, Julia Daniel for her support and assistance in the editing and finalizing of this project. I am also very grateful to my family for their support and love in my academic journey. And I am especially indebted to the St. Mary’s Blume Library and St. Mary’s community for the resources that are continuously provided to me in order to do my research and be able to apply it to my infographic.

Tags from the story

Biology

club mosses

Isoetaceae

Lycophytes

Lycopodiaceae

Nomination-Plant-Science

Plants

Monabelle Elbayeh

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, but I have always spent my summers and even some winters with my family in our home country of Lebanon. I am the youngest sister of two incredible older brothers whom I love beyond words and to whom I cannot but always look up to.
I plan to graduate in 2026 from St. Mary’s University with a bachelors in biology and a minor in psychology. Following this, I hope to pursue a doctorate degree in Medicine specializing in pediatric oncology or family medicine.
In my time at St. Mary’s University, I have become a member of the Pre-Medical Society, that works to help young undergraduate student in their path of pursuing the medical field. I am also a member of the Marianist Leadership Program that is a community of young student leaders founded on the Marianist virtues of faith that serve the St. Mary’s and San Antonio community. Lastly, I am also a student volunteer for research with my professor, Dr. Shackleford, which has been an incredible experience through her guidance, my mentor’s teaching, Jack Ojile, and the whole research team. I am also participating in the Spring Research Symposium to present on the research I have helped to do thus far.

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Sofia Perez

Hi Monabelle, I have never heard about Lycophytes before! I love the layout as it reminds me of a scrapbook which makes it fun for students to read. What really shocked me was finding out that these plants date back around 400 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. As time progressed, the Lycophytes had to undergo mutations in order to keep up with the evolution.

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25/04/2023

10:02 am

Jonathan Flores

Your title is truly great! I like how you brought two contrasting ideas into your title while talking about your subject matter. Also, your entire infographic is so well structured that the flow of ideas is easily digestible. As I read through the graphic the thoughts that filled my mind were quickly answered with the text that immediately followed it, which is a huge plus of this infographic. In addition the inclusion of the little arrows while seemingly arbitrary are a really nice touch. Overall this infographic is highly informative and has great visual appeal, nice job!

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25/04/2023

10:02 am

Esmeralda Gomez

Such an exceptionally amazing infographic! I absolutely love the colorway chosen for this infographic. The information given does an amazing job of educating the audience about this topic which is incredibly important in today’s society. The challenges discussed in this infographic are certainly ones that we can overcome if we work together. This infographic and its information was one of the best I’ve seen in this category. Great job!

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26/04/2023

10:02 am

Anayetzin Chavez Ochoa

Hello, Monabelle! Interesting infographic choice! Who knew a plant could grow so big? The more you know! I’ve only seen them in documentaries as a passing glance and they seem like very interesting plants! I love the color scheme and the tree in the background! Do you know where the fossil grove is? It would be cool to visit if possible! Thank you for creating this infographic!

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27/04/2023

10:02 am

Hunter Stiles

Monabelle! Huge congratulations on your nomination and publication. It is so awesome to see the final project after such hard work! I loved how you discussed your topic while including two opposing thoughts into your title. Additionally, your entire infographic is so nicely organized that the concepts flow naturally. A major advantage of this infographic is that the questions that sprang to me as I read it were promptly addressed in the text that appeared below it. The addition of the little arrows is also a wonderful touch along with the color scheme! Super great job! Proud of you!!

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27/04/2023

10:02 am

Sydney Nieto

Congratulations on your nomination. I love your title; I thought it was cute. The layout of your infographic design is so pleasing to the eye it makes me excited to read it. I think your format was very well executed along with the pictures. I liked how your bullet point was short and simple as it kept me engaged. Great job!

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28/04/2023

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Jacqueline Galvan

I loved how much information this infographic added! I wish that the diagram on the life cycle of seedless vascular plants was larger, however, I thought everything else was top-notch! This graphic is a great way to teach about lycophytes, especially because seedless vascular plants are so old and important in our ecosystem, as well as a difficult concept to grasp.

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