MILLBROOK – Join the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for the 30th Annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium, where 13 students will present the results of their summer research projects. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Cary Institute’s REU program attracts students from all over the country.

Students Reveal Results of Summer Ecology Projects

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The symposium will take place on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 12:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Working with a mentor over the course of the summer, REU participants craft a project, carry out research, analyze data, and present their findings. Examples of this year’s project topics include: forest ecology, the effects of global environmental change on freshwater ecosystems, mosquito population dynamics, and children’s learning and engagement with ecology.

The following is a list of the students and their college affiliations, project titles, and mentor(s):

Abigail Lewis: Pomona College, Nutrient limitation of phytoplankton at varying depths in a stratified lake, Kathie Weathers and Dave Richardson

Abigail McCrea: Oberlin College, Effects of leaf detritus and nitrogen on intra- and interspecific competition and survivorship of Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens, Shannon LaDeau

Byron Birss: Southern Oregon University, Assessing the development of scientific curiosity and the effect of environmental ethic in children, Alan Berkowitz and Shelly Forster

Celestina Wright: Oberlin College, Modeling the temperature-dependence of development rate, survival, and adult size in Culex mosquitoes, Sarah Bowden

Students Reveal Results of Summer Ecology Projects

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Deresha Porter: Louisiana State University, Measuring interest and self-efficacy for science in students living in an urban environment, Alan Berkowitz, Bess Caplan, Rhea Esposito, and Lia Harris

Douglas Page: North Carolina A&T State University, Scavengers of the Hudson River Valley, José Anadón, Josh Ginsberg, Alexis Brewer, and Mike Fargione

Elena Prado-Ragan: Knox College, The efficacy of various plant compounds as larvicides against Aedes alpobictus, Shannon LaDeau

Jennifer Nieves: Montclair State University, Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus) response to browsing pressure by White-tailed deer: Implications for carbon and nitrogen allocation, Lynn Christenson

Johnathan Clementi: Marist College, Determinants of sex ratio of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) across changing fishery landscapes in Northern Wisconsin, Chris Solomon and Alex Ross

Margot Shrift: Kutztown University of Pennsylania, The potential of satellite imagery to retrieve chlorophyll a and water clarity data for the assessment of lake water quality, Kathie Weathers and Hamid Norouzi

Melisa Bohlman: University of Arizona, Relative stability of soil organic matter in nitrogen depending on sources of input, Colin Fuss and Gary Lovett

Mikayla Domingo: Oregon State University, Effects of diluted wastewater concentration on the Hudson River Estuary, Stuart Findlay, Maria Tzortziou, and Liz Corbett

Sophia Skoglund: St. Olaf College, Developing a higher resolution model for lake ice phenology, Kathie Weathers and Hamid Norouzi



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