Natural Science Seminar Series: Spring 2005


January 24, 2005

Microbial Community Structure at High Altitudes in North Carolina as Indicated by Phospholipid Fatty Acid Composition.
Amber Boles
Mentor: Vicki Collins

January 31, 2005

Factors Contributing to Ciguatera Toxicity in Bahamian Barracudas
James Stultz
Mentor: Paul Bartels

The effect of Stekoa Creek on water quality of the Chattooga River
Abi Miner
Mentor: Mark Brenner and Lou Weber

February 07, 2005

Heavy Metals in American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Eggshells from Three Florida Lakes
Erin McVey
Mentor: John Brock

February 14, 2005

Monitoring Frequencies of Beneficial and PestArthropods in Beneficial Insectary Habitat on a Certified Organic, Mixed-Vegetable Farm.
Guest Student Seminar: Maureen McKenna
Mentor: Laura Lengnick

Prescribed Burning Effects on the Density and Diversity of small Vertebrates at Jones Mountain
Laurel Key
Mentor: Lou Weber

February 21, 2005

The Effect of Agriculture on the Water Quality and Invertebrate Communities of Shope Creek
Irene Redmond
Mentor: Mark Brenner

The Use of Reference Points in Instinctive Archery
Ryan Tarbell
Mentor: Mark Brenner

February 28, 2005

Nitrogen release by alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and corn (Zea mays) crop residues
David Tormey
Mentor: Mark Brenner

The effect of Limestone on Aquatic Tardigrades in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Kristal McKelvey
Mentors: Paul Bartels and Mark Brenner

March 7, 2005

The environmental fate of di-butyl phthalate in a freshwater system with zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos
Rebecca Rudicell
Mentor: John Brock

Little Brown Bat Habitat and Inhabitation of Batboxes on Warren Wilson Campus
Patricia Baxter
Mentor: Lou Weber

March 28, 2005

The Degradation of Hydrocarbons using Microbial Detergent on Used Motor Oil
Timothy O’Connor
Mentor: Jeff Holmes

The effect of pH on the Survival of the Aquatic Tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini
Saba Alemayehu
Mentors:  Paul Bartels and John Brock

April 4, 2005

Tardigrades of rock lichens in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Susan Dobbertin
Mentor: Paul Bartels

Kombucha Tea and the Risk of Pathogenic Contaminants in Home Brew Cultures
Valerie Bartell
Mentor: Jeff Holmes

Ingenious mathematical amateurs: M. C. Escher (artist) and Marjorie Rice (homemaker)
Guest Seminar: Doris Schattschneider
Note: Lecture is at UNC-Asheville, Lipinsky Auditorium

April 11, 2005

Potential for Biogas Production from two Invasive Plant Species, Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) and Kudzu (Pueraria lobata)
Thomas Hughes
Mentor: Mark Brenner

The Effects of Anthracnose (Discula destructiva) on Light Availability and Fruit Production in Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida)
Eric Wardwell
Mentor: Greg Ettl

April 13, 2005

Guest Student Seminar: Amber Boles and Kristal McKelvey of WWC
Note: Lecture is at UNC-Asheville, Beaucatcher Mountain Room,  Highsmith University Center
Sigma Xi Induction Speakers

April 18, 2005

The Effect of a Pasture Supplemented Diet on Lipid Oxidation Products in Pork
Jesse Downs
Mentor: Vicki Collins

An Analysis of Anthropogenic Sulfur Oxides (SOx) on Warren Wilson College Campus
Heather Hareza
Mentor: John Brock

April 25, 2005

Hydrolytic Degradation of Polycarbonate Food and Beverage Contact Plastics and Migration of Bisphenol A into Liquids
Charlotte Litjens
Mentor: Dean Kahl

May 2, 2005

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Marine Critters Up Close
Guest Seminar: Dr. Diane Nelson
Professor Emeritus, East Tennessee State University, Department of Biology