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Student Research

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  The following is a list of recent undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G) student research studies conducted with Biology faculty at Shippensburg University. Faculty mentors are listed in parentheses. 

2012-2013 

Beth Ann Grega, Christine Gonzalez and Jonathan Wagner. Engineering of dsRed/LC3 Expression Vector to Visualize Autophagy in Cloned Cell Lines (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Shannon Lee, Luke Perry and Chris Batties. Identification of Bacterial Isolates Using rRNA Gene Sequence Analysis (Drs. Elliott and Patrie) – UG

Winnie Okwaare, Kyle Chelius, Abigail Kraus and John Pilato. Over Expressing Atg5 in Glioma Cells to Determine the Role of Atg5 in Survival and Clearance of Intracellular Shigella flexneri (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Erik Shadle, Joseph Sergent, Carley Heck, Jessica Rauchut. Expression, Cloning and Sequencing of Atg4c Variant 1 and p62 Auotphagy Related cDNA from Glioma Cells (Drs. Bergsten and Elliott) – UG

 2012 

Carley Heck, Jessica Rauchut, Joe Sergent, Erik Shadle. Expression, Cloning and Sequencing of Atg4c Variant 1 and p62 Autophagy related cDNA from Glioma Cells  (Drs. Bergsten and Elliott) – UG

T. Cole, M. Elalaoui, K. Grove, B. Grega, J. Rauchut. Engineering an Expression Vector to Visualize Autophagy in Cloned Cells (Dr. Elliott) –UG, G  

Daniel Hughes. Snake Assemblages inhabiting four Man-Made Wetlands in Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County, South-Central Pennsylvania: Implications for Wetland Management and Conservation (Dr. Delis) – G

Y. Gau, W. Okwaare, and M. Myett. Elucidating the Role of Atg5 and Autophagy in Clearance of Shigella flexneri from Infected Cells (Drs. Elliott and Bumbaugh) – UG

Haley Garrison, Emily Young, Dale Houpt. Prevalence of West Nile virus and Bartonella vinsonii in free ranging coyotes of Pennsylvania (Drs. Lehman, Elliot and Stewart) – UG

Holly Plank, Amanda Schwarz, Ashley Gettler, Briana Blewett, Haley Garrison, Hannah Dreibelbis. Environmental Education: Improving Scientific Literacy through Inquiry (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Jaclyn Adams. Phenology of the Anuran Community in Four Wetlands in South Central Pennsylvania Using Automated Acoustic Systems (Dr. Delis) – UG

James Anderson. A Riverfront Population of the Eastern Garter Snake, Thamnophis s. sirtalis, in South-Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – G

James Anderson. Survey of Snake Colonization Rates on Reclaimed Wetlands at Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – G

Katherine Baldwin. Incidence of bacterial pathogens in common tick populations (Ixodes, Dermacentor, Amblyomma) (Drs. Lehman and Stewart) – G

Kerrianne Morrow and Liz Pflaum. Identifying Genes that Regulate the Timing of Development in the Spotted Salamander (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Lana Kindlin. Survey of the prevalence and diversity of internal helminthes in the canine population at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County, Pennsylvania using standard fecal floatation  (Dr. Stewart) – G

Lara Ashley, Cara Richwine. Coinfection of two common tick vectors (Ixodes and Dermacentor) with Borrelia  and Ehrlichia (Drs. Lehman and Stewart) – UG

Laurel Campbell. Geographic Variation in Morphometrics and Life History Traits in Two Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) populations in South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Shannon Lee and Luke Perry. Identification of Bacterial Isolates Using rRNA Gene Sequence Analysis (Drs. Elliott and Patrie) – UG

Montrell Wilkerson. Long Term Survey of Snakes in an Urban and Agricultural Landscape Adjoining Shippensburg University (Dr. Delis) – UG

Megan Breski. Understanding the Impact of Loss of OBP57c in Drosophila Courtship Behavior (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Michael Hock. Helminth prevalence and abundance in coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Neil Ryder. Seed dispersal by the Easter Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) in south central Pennsylvania: relation to habitat/flora availability (Drs. Delis and Sahli) – UG

Pamela Simons. The role of the Eastern Box Turtle as a seed dispersal agent in south central Pennsylvania (Drs. Sahli and Delis) –UG

Pamela Simons. Seed dispersal by the Easter Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) in south central Pennsylvania. (Drs. Delis and Sahli) – UG

Sameer Kapoor. Dominance, Incisor Length, and Teeth Chattering in Sciuridae Species (Dr. Stewart) – G  

Sarah Bartle. Morphometrics and activity patterns of the Marbled Salamander, Ambystoma opacum, in Letterkenny Army Depot, South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

C. Smith, W. Okwaare and M. Myett. Subcloning of Stably Transfected EGFP-Atg5 SNB19 Cells to Obtain a Pure Clone of Cells Expressing EGFP-Atg5 Fusion Protein (Dr. Elliott)-UG

Stephanie Williams. Female reproductive biology of the Marbled Salamander, Ambystoma opacum, in Letterkenny Army Depot, South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Tammy Smith. Invertebrate and chemical assessment of water quality in Middle Spring Creek (Dr. Light) - G

Terrence Topping-Brown. Determination of microalgal species as potential biodiesel feedstock (Dr. Sahli) – UG

Tessie Cleary. Comparison of the Roles of Vision and Pheromone Detection in Courtship Behavior of Drosophila melanogaster  (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Varma-Rose Williams. Does the Enemy Release Hypothesis explain the success of invasive species in Pennsylvania? (Dr. Sahli) – G

William Humbert. Morphometrics and Ecology of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) at Letterkenny Army Depot, South Central Pennsylvania  (Dr. Delis) – G

2011-2012 

T. Cole, M. Elalaoui, K. Grove, Grega, J. Rauchut. Engineering an Expression Vector to Visualize Autophagy in Cloned Cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG, G

Y. Gau, W. Okwaare, and M. Myett. Elucidating the Role of Atg5 and Autophagy in Clearance of Shigella flexneri from Infected Cells (Drs. Elliott and Bumbaugh) – UG

S. Lee and L. Perry. Identification of Bacterial Isolates Using rRNA Gene Sequence Analysis  (Drs. Elliott and Patrie) – UG

C. Smith, W. Okwaare and M. Myett. Subcloning of Stably Transfected EGFP-Atg5 SNB19 Cells to Obtain a Pure Clone of Cells Expressing EGFP-Atg5 Fusion Protein (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Terrence Topping-Brown. Determination of microalgal species as potential biodiesel feedstock (Dr. Sahli) – UG

2011 

Alexander Delis. A New Apparatus for Measuring Plastral Adduction Forces in the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene c. carolina L.) (Dr. Delis) – UG

Amanda Ritz. Quantifying the efficacy of native bees for orchard pollination in Pennsylvania (Dr. Sahli) – G

Benjamin Carlucci. Evaluation of deer health at Letterkenny Army Depot through organ analysis (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Benjamin O'Brien. Evaluating a track capture technique for use in assessing small mammal abundance and diversity (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Daniel Hughes. Snake Assemblages inhabiting four Man-Made Wetlands in Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County, South-Central Pennsylvania: Implications for Wetland Management and Conservation (Dr. Delis) – G

Danielle Hunsinger and Pam Simons. The role of the Eastern Box Turtle as a seed dispersal agent in south central Pennsylvania (Dr. Sahli and Dr. Delis) – UG

Jaclyn Adams. Phenology of the Anuran Community in Four Wetlands in South Central Pennsylvania Using Automated Acoustic Systems (Dr. Delis) – UG

Jaclyn Braund. The effects of timber harvest on understory plant reproduction (Dr. Sahli) –UG

James Anderson. A Riverfront Population of the Eastern Garter Snake, Thamnophis s. sirtalis, in South-Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – G

James Anderson. Survey of Snake Colonization Rates on Reclaimed Wetlands at Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – G

Jason Unrath. Determination of Tetrodotoxin in Extracts Obtained from the Red-Spotted Newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, from Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Drs. Delis and McCann, Chemistry Department) – UG

Jessica Espenshade. Presence of Strongyloides robustus in Sciurids in south central Pennsylvania (Dr. Stewart)-UG

Karla Peterson, Whitney Crosby, Amanda Wise. Prevalence of pathogenic Escherichia coli isolates in Pennsylvania deer populations (Drs. Bumbaugh, Lehman and Stewart) – UG

Katherine Baldwin. Incidence of vector-borne diseases in common animal populations (Drs. Stewart, Lehman and Bumbaugh) – UG

Kelly Motter. Evaluating the ability of white-tailed deer to serve as sentinels for dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitus) (Dr. Stewart) – G

Laura Nelson, Megan Moore, Patricia Bianchino, Natalie Frey. Prevalence of Arcanobacterium pyogenes in the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA (Drs. Lehman, Bumbaugh and Stewart) – UG

Laurel Campbell. Geographic Variation in Morphometrics and Life History Traits in Two Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) populations in South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Marissa Nagle, Karen Mohney. Winter ectoparasites of coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Montrell Wilkerson. Long Term Survey of Snakes in an Urban and Agricultural Landscape Adjoining Shippensburg University (Dr. Delis) – UG

Nathan Weber. The effects of timber harvest on pollinators in south central Pennsylvania (Dr. Sahli) – UG

Neil Ryder. Seed dispersal by the Easter Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) in south central Pennsylvania: relation to habitat/flora availability (Drs. Delis and Sahli) – UG

Nitasha Kaur and Yael Gau. The Role of Autophagy in Clearance of Shigella flexneri Infections (Drs. Elliott and Bumbaugh) – UG

Oumou Belemou. Expression of plasmid encoded virulence genes of invasive Escherichia coli during autophagy (Drs. Bumbaugh and Elliott)

Pamela Simons. Seed dispersal by the Easter Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) in south central Pennsylvania (Drs. Delis and Sahli) – UG

Sabrina Woodleaf. Herpetofauna of south central Pennsylvania: Demographics and morphology long term study (Dr. Delis) – UG

Sarah Bartle. Comparison of reproductive characteristics between two mole salamanders from South Central Pennsylvania: implications for conservation (Dr. Delis) – UG

Sarah Bartle. Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) reproductive biology and morphology in Letterkenny Army Depot, south central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Susana Rios. Prevalence of Baylisascaris procyonis in Shippensburg and surrounding areas. (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Taylor Hudson and Kaila Chaney. Behavioral Characterization of Courtship in Drosophila melanogaster (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

William Humbert. Morphometrics and Ecology of the American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) at Letterkenny Army Depot, South Central Pennsylvania.  (Dr. Delis) – G

Veronica Zewdu, Sativa Volcy, Megan Breski, and Angel Sharma. Identification of Genes Involved in Courtship Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

2010 

Alicia Helfrick and Elizabeth Murphy. Diet and behavior of Appalachian Brook crayfish in acidic and pH remediated streams (Dr. Light) – UG

Alicia Helfrick. The effects of timber harvest on understory plant reproduction and pollination in south central Pennsylvania (Dr. Sahli) – UG

Alicia Helfrick. Importance of terrestrial invertebrate inputs in the diet of Appalachian stream crayfish Cambarus bartonii (Dr. Light) – UG

Ashley Martin and Nitasha Kaur. Elucidating the role of Atg5 autophagy protein in growth characteristics of SNB19 brain tumor cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Brielle Dalious, Brittany Douglas, and Dale Haupt. The effect of reduced phermomone-binding proteins on Drosophila courtship response under light and dark conditions (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Darin Longenecker. Identifying regions of genomic diversity in field isolates of Erwinia tracheiphila (Dr. Bumbaugh) – UG

Dustin Shull. Distribution and ecology of Sigara mathesoni (Hungerford 1948)(Heteroptera: Corixidae) (Drs. Stewart and Paulson) – G

Eckman E. Alexander. Survey of ophidians in natural islands within an urban and agricultural landscape at Shippensburg University Campus, South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Emily Swartz and Joseph Thomas. Expression, cloning and sequencing of ATG13 autphagy related cDNA from glioma cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Evan Wetzel and Sarah Brown. Exploration of transmission of invasive Escherichia coli in the housefly (Musca domestica) vector (Dr. Bumbaugh) – UG

James Francis, Katie Weaver, Justin Wissler, and Chad Witmer. Determining the distribution of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in South Central Pennsylvania using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (Drs. Bumbaugh, Lehman, and Maret) – UG

 James Francis and Joseph Wisgo. Diet determination for bobcats and other carnivores at Letterkenny Army Depot using feces collection and analysis. (Dr. Stewart) – G & UG

Jessica Emrick. Diversity of soil microbial communities associated with two tree species: Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) (Drs. Lehman and Bumbaugh) – UG

Jonathan Gorski and Justin Rodrigo. Expression, cloning and sequencing of the autophagy related gene Atg7 in SNB-19 brain tumor cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Joseph Wisgo. Evaluation of white-tailed deer fawn abundance and health at Letterkenny Army Depot (Dr. Stewart) – G

Joseph Wisgo. Patterns of coloration in Spotted Newts (Notoththalmus viridescens) in south central Pennsylvania populations (Dr. Delis) – G

Justin Wissler. Study of some life history traits in a population of Spring Peepers, Pseudacris crucifer, near Michaux State Forest, South Mountain, South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Kelly Motter. Odocoileus virginianus as a sentinel for the incidence and spread of Dirofilaria immitis (Dr. Stewart) – G

Kristin Bowman. Confirming loss of expression of OBP56d pheromone binding protein in transgenic flies through RT-PCR and Northern blots (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Lauren Kesslak. Fish exposure to emerging contaminants in municipal wastewater: can dietary sewage contribution predict severity of estrogenic effects? (Dr. Light) – G

Layne Stricker. Microbial community structure in the rhizosphere soil of exotic Ailanthus altissima (Simaroubaceae) and native Robinia pseudoacacia (Fabaceae) (Dr. Bumbaugh) – G

Lyne Strickler. Patterns of coloration in Spotted Newts (Notoththalmus viridescens) in south central Pennsylvania populations (Dr. Delis) – G

Magen Hutson, Relindis Awah, and Jessie Faust. Testing the function of specific odorant binding proteins and gustatory receptors predicted to play a role in detection of pheromones in Drosophila (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Mark Shaeffer and Cindy Tucker. Diversity and composition of Pennsylvania fish communities: assessing changes over time (Dr. Light) – UG, G

Matthew Pauly [With Dr. Robin McCann and Dr. John Richardson - Chemistry Department]. Analysis of tetrodotoxin production by the spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, in South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Megan Veazey. DNA analysis of scat to study distribution of species. (Dr. Bergsten Stewart) – UG

Misty Gruver. Ectoparasites on Pennsylvania coyotes during winter (Dr. Stewart) – G

Nitasha Kauer and Yael Gau. The role of autophagy in clearance of Shigella flexneri infections (Drs. Elliott and Bumbaugh) – UG

Qumou Belemou. Expression of plasmid encoded virulence genes of invasive Escherichia coli during autophagy (Drs. Bumbaugh and Elliott) – UG

Rebecca  Krall and Jennifer Baney. Estimating numbers of a bobcat population at Letterkenny Army Depot using infrared cameras and applying the Lincoln-Peterson Index (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Rhiannon Kerr and Caitlynn Brig. Quantifying pollen loads of pollinators in a Hawaiian coastal habitat. (Dr. Sahli) – UG

Sara Grisé. Climate change and aquatic invasive species risk in Pennsylvania (Dr. Light) – G

Sarah Brown and Alyson Sharer. Exploration of the invasive Escherichia coli infections in the larval stages of the house fly vector Musca domestica (Dr. Bumbaugh) – UG

Stephen Paul and Meaghan Quinn. Assessing the impact of dental hygiene on the carriage rate of the caries forming bacterial pathogen Streptococcus mutans (Dr. Bumbaugh) – UG

Steve Chervenyak. Food webs of acidified and limestone-treated streams (Dr. Light) – G

Travis Clemens, Rachel Cohen, and Ashley Spies. Your river starts here: An examination of factors promoting conservation (Dr. Stewart) – UG


2009 

Alicia Helfrick. Importance of terrestrial invertebrate inputs in the diet of Appalachian stream crayfish Cambarus bartonii (Dr. Light) – UG

Amy Horst. Whole genome amplification of single glioblastoma cells for PV92 allele analysis (Dr. Patrie) – UG

Ashley Martin and Nitasha Kaur. Elucidating the role of Atg5 autophagy protein in growth characteristics of SNB19 brain tumor cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Dale Haupt, Kristin Bowman and Paul Sweeney. Impact of alcohol on sensory detection and courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

David Miller Jr. and Michelo Kalambo. Use of intrinsic fluorescence methods to trace organic loading and source waters of karst springs (Dr. Hurd) – UG

David Miller Jr. and Renee Saum. Determination of flowpaths to karst springs by fluorescent dye tracing (Dr. Hurd) – UG

Emily Swartz and Joseph Thomas. Expression, cloning and sequencing of ATG13 autphagy related cDNA from glioma cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Eric Snyder. Effects of Orconectes rusticus (rusty crayfish) on Etheostoma olmstedi (tesselated darter) (Dr. Light) – G

James Redington. Molecular characterization of Rose Rosette Disease (Dr. Patrie) – UG

Jennifer Patterson. Determination of Tetrodotoxin in Extracts Obtained from the Red-Spotted Newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. (Dr. Delis and Dr. McCann, Chemistry Department) – UG

Jonathan Gorski and Justin Rodrigo. Expression, cloning and sequencing of the autophagy related gene Atg7 in SNB-19 brain tumor cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Jordan Smoker. Investigation of Human Endogenous Retrovirus-K Sequences in a Glioblastoma cell line (Dr. Patrie) – UG

Justin Atkins. Hypoxia in vernal ponds and its effects on amphibians larvae and their aquatic predator (Dr. Maret) – G

Katy Ryan and Oumou Belemou. The investigation of repetitive element genome profiling to differentiate between isolates of the plant pathogen Erwinia tracheiphila (Dr. Bumbaugh) – UG

Kelly Motter, Kari Oberholzer and Jen Wysocki. Ixodes scapularis, Dermacenter variabilis and Dermacenter albipictus as vectors for human and variant strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia microti and Rickettsia rickettsii (Dr. Baer-Lehman and Dr. Stewart) – UG

Kimberly Simmons and Darin Longenecker. The detection of serine-protease autotransporter toxins (SPATe’s) within the phylogenetic framework of the invasive Escherichia coli (Dr. Bumbaugh) – UG

Kristin Bowman, Brielle Dalious, and Magen Hutson. Using RNA Interference Analysis to Test the Function of Genes Involved in Drosophila Courtship Behavior (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Kristin Mack. Human polymorphic loci in a glioblastoma cell line (Dr. Patrie) – UG

Lawrence Ashton, Annie Birdsong, Hayley Crowel, Grant Izzo, Justin Wissler. Survey for the Presence and Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Southcentral Pennsylvania (Dr. Maret) – UG

Mark Shaeffer. Diversity and composition of Pennsylvania fish communities: assessing changes over time (Dr. Light) – UG

Mark Shaeffer. Assessment of ciguatera toxin levels in marine fish and community change in coastal marine ecosystems of Negril (Dr. Hurd) – UG

Mathew Walderon. Seasonal patterns of nitrate and anthropogenic 15N in karst vs. non-karst tributaries of the Conodoguinet Creek (Dr. Hurd) – G

Megan Veazey. Determining the Presence of Bobcats and other Carnivores through Polymerase Chain Reactions and Restriction Enzymes (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Misty Gruver. Examination of the population structure and dynamics of spotted turtles, Clemmys guttata, inhabiting vernal ponds in south-central Pennsylvania (Dr. Maret) – G

Rose Coons and Rachel Kells. AFLP Analysis of O. obscures and O. rusticus Crayfish to Determine Hybridization (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Sara Grisé. Climate change and aquatic invasive species risk in Pennsylvania (Dr. Light) – G

Sativa Volcy and Samantha Dougherty. Copper Resistant Plant Pathogenic Bacteria (Dr. Baer-Lehman) – UG

Steve Chervenyak. Food webs of acidified and limestone-treated streams (Dr. Light) – G

Vitali Mikhniuk and Morenje Mlawa. Detection of HERV integration sites in glioblastoma cell lines using a modified AFLP technique (Dr. Patrie) – UG

 2008 

Alma Makul. Elucidating the role of Apg5 protein in autophagy and apoptosis in SNB19 brain tumor cells (Dr. Elliott) – G

Ashley Martin and Chantal Gross. Elucidating the role of Apg5 autophagy protein in SNB-19 brain tumor cells (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Bradley Catherman. Investigating helmniths infesting salamanders and newts in a seasonal pool on south mountain (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Carrie Oberholtzer and Jennifer Kowa. Some ectoparasites of coyotes, Canis latrans, from Pennsylvania during winter (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Christine Meyers. Ixodes scapularis as a vector for both human and variant strains of Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Drs. Baer-Lehman and Stewart) – UG

Craig Kindlin. Initial assessment of an Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) population in the north block of the Tuscarora state forest (Dr. Stewart) – G 

Cynthia Tucker. Background Preference of Betta splendens and its Effect on Behavior (Dr. Paulson) – UG

Dustin Shull. Applying Dyar’s Law to the Growth of Sigara mathesoni (Hungerford) (Heteroptera: Corixidae) (Drs. Paulson and Stewart) – UG  

Emilie Kohler, Karen Burke, and Rachael Kells. An investigation into hybridization between two species of Orconectes crayfish in Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Light) – UG 

Eric Snyder. Effects of Orconectes rusticus (rusty crayfish) on benthic fishes (Dr. Light) – G

Gerard Reilly. Impact of alcohol exposure on courtship in Drosophila melanogaster (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Holly Hunt. Ames Assay of Fludioxonil as a Potential Mutagen (Dr. Baer-Lehman and Dr. Predecki) – G

James Redington. Molecular characterization of Rose Rosette Disease (Dr. Patrie) – UG

Jennifer Lentek-Klemunes. Contribution of sewage-derived organic matter in native and non-native invertebrates of the Conodoguinet Creek (Dr. Hurd) – G

Jennifer Patterson [With Dr. Robin McCann - Chemistry Department]. Assessment of skin toxicity, tetrodotoxin levels, in a population of spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, in South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Jessie Jarrett. An opportunistic predator survey using trail cameras at Letterkenny Army Depot in south-central Pennsylvania  (Dr. Stewart) – UG

JoAnna Hughes. Evaluating different wavelengths of light as a stimulus for the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis  (Dr. Stewart) – G

Justin Rodrigo and John Gorski. Expression, cloning and sequencing of the autophagy related gene, beclin-1 in SNB-19 brain tumor cells  (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Kaitlyn Clarke. Ames Testing of Quinoxyfen, a Fluorinated Fungicide (Drs. Baer-Lehman and Predecki) – UG

Kaitlyn Travis [with Eric Snyder (G)]. Comparison of the ecological impacts of Orconectes virilis and Orconectes rusticus on community structure in freshwater streams of South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Light) – UG

Kevin Chase. Changes in Nest Dispersion of Formica exsectoides Over a Ten Year Period on South Mountain, PA (Drs. Ferster and Paulson) – UG  

Koreene Moser. Characterization of Lampropeltis triangulum and Heterodon platirhinos in Pennsylvania: biogeography and morphological differentiation (Dr. Delis) – G

Larry Ashton and Grant Izzo. The effects of timber harvest on small mammals in Michaux State Forest (Dr. Maret) – UG

Laura Hock. Determination of Tetrodotoxin in Extracts Obtained from the Red-Spotted Newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. (Dr. Delis and Dr. McCann, Chemistry Department) – UG

Matt Stake and Lisa Cupps. Genetic analysis of pheromone detection during courtship in Drosophila melanogaster (Dr. Bergsten) – UG

Melanie Cegelski. Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum antibodies in coyotes (Canis latrans) from Pennsylvania (Dr. Stewart) – G

Monica Scarrazo. The Effect of Methamphetamine on Decomposition of Carrion and Maggot Growth (Dr. Paulson) – UG  

Sharan Albright. Survey of subterranean amphipods in south-central Pennsylvania springs (Dr. Light) – G

Sicoya Graves. Survey of tick-born pathogens in the Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Dr. Patrie) – UG

 2007 

Amy Williams. The effect of increased salinity from road de-icing salts on survival, growth, and interactions among vernal pond amphibian larvae (Dr. Maret) – G

Christopher Siefring and Michael Cowen. Expression of Beclin 1 as an Indicator of Autophagy in Human Monocytes Infected with Streptococcus pyogenes or Yersinia pestis (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Craig Kindlin. Woodrat Population Assessment During Pre- and Post-Habitat Alteration in the Tuscarora State Forest (Dr. Stewart) – G

Daniel Burdge and Samantha Ramus. Elucidating the Role of APG5 and APG12 Autophagy Related Proteins in Cancer Biology of a Brain Tumor Cell Line (Dr. Elliott) – UG

Danille Dougherty. The effects of the insecticide methoprene on larvae of Jefferson salamanders, Ambystoma jeffersonianum, and wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus (Dr. Maret) – UG

Heather Gowton. A survey to estimate the prevalence of Cryptosporidium sp. and Giardia sp. in resident Canadian geese in Pennsylvania (Dr. Stewart) – UG

Jason Ambler. Fine-scale genetic structure and dispersal among spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), wood frog (Rana sylvatica) and red-spotted newt (Notopthalmus viridescens) breeding populations (Dr. Maret) – G

Jeffery S. Butt. Effects of stream liming on the biota and water chemistry of a Pennsylvania mountain stream (Dr. Light) – G

Jeffrey Mazzarella, Matthew Brant and Brandon Hicks A Comparison of Identification Techniques Used for Differentiating Oral Streptococci (Dr. Baer-Lehman) – UG

Jenna Dolhi. Colletotrichum Species Causing Ripe Rot in Grapes (Dr. Baer-Lehman) – UG

Kaitlyn Clarke.  Dermacenter albipictus and Ixodes scapularis as vector for Babesia microti (Drs. Baer-Lehman and Stewart) – UG

Katrina Waisanen. The effects of microhabitat parameters on natal nest success in the Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) in South Central Pennsylvania, PA (Dr. Delis) – G

Kristina Tarasan. Consequences of habitat anthropogenic disturbance on the distribution, abundance, and live history of the box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in South Central Pennsylvania. PA (Dr. Delis) – G

Laura Hock [With Dr. Robin McCann - Chemistry Department]. Production levels of Tetrodotoxin in a population of spotted newt, Notophthalmus viridescens, in South Central Pennsylvania (Dr. Delis) – UG

Matthew Baile. Characterization of HERV transcripts in glioma cell lines (Dr. Patrie) – UG

Melanie Cegelski. Diseases of the Eastern coyote (Dr. Stewart) – G

Nicole Thierwechter, Laura Lindgren, Sandra Lynch, Dan Ward, and Matt Stake.  Understanding the Role of Individual Genes in Pheromone Detection during Drosophila melanogaster Courtship through RNA Interference Analysis (Dr. Bergsten) – UG