NSURS Students Present Research at Regional Conferences


Sustainable agriculture student, Sam Humphrey, recently presented his capstone research on the effects of fermented feed on young chickens at the Sustainable Poultry Network National Conference in Wilmot, Ohio. For his project, Sam researched the effects of fermented feed versus wet feed on the gut flora of young hens. His study found that hens that received fermented feed had higher lactic acid levels and less E. Coli than hens receiving traditional wet feed. Sam is graduating in December 2015 and has recently been offered a job at White Oak Pastures as the Assistant Poultry Manager.


Environmental Studies student Michael Giambalvo recently presented his research at the Long Island Native Plant Symposium at Farmingdale State College, New York. Michael’s research project combined his interests in both botany and native plant conservation in New York. In collaboration with the non-profit Friends of Hempstead Plains, Michael conducted a series of floristic surveys at the Hempstead Plains. This survey allowed him to assess the floristic quality of this dry coastal prairie ecosystem, which harbors a number of rare plant species. Giambalvo is currently in the process of creating a report for the Friends of the Hempstead Plains and writing his NSURS thesis. He will graduate from Warren Wilson College in May 2015.