Natural Science Seminar Series: Fall 2016


Natural Science Undergraduate Research Sequence

All talks will be held in Jensen 303 beginning at 4 pm unless otherwise noted

September 5, 2016

Inhibiting a Promiscuous Protein: Studies Involving P-glycoprotein
Faculty Seminar:Dana Emmert
Department of Chemistry, Warren Wilson College

September 12, 2016

Distribution and Habitat Preferences of Sylvilagus sp. in Western North Carolina
Alisha Weaver
Committee: Liesl Erb, Bob Eckstein, Paul Bartels

Vocalization Interpretation: A Study Engaging the Sounds and Stimuli of Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Ali Blount
Committee: Liesl Erb, Bob Eckstein, Jeff Holmes

September 19, 2016

How noise pollution affects Pseudacris crucifer
Stephanie Menjivar
Committee: Joseph Apodaca, David Coffey, Liesl Erb

September 26, 2016

Effects of Culturing Indigenous Microorganisms on Plant Productivity and Soil Quality in Vegetable Crop Production
Matthew Kessler
Committee: Alisa Hove, Mark Brenner, Jeff Holmes

October 24, 2016

Impacts of Fragmentation on Population Demographics of Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) on Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Oscar Thompson
Committee: Joseph Apodaca, Paul Bartels, Liesl Erb

October 31, 2016

Flowering Phenology of Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) in Southcentral Alaska.
Maya Heubner
Committee:  Amy Boyd, Alisa Hove, Liesl Erb

Toxic Metal Analysis of River Sediment at Carrier Park, Asheville
Christopher Weber
Committee: Robert Hastings, Brock, Steve Cartier

November 7, 2016

In silico design of antiviral compounds acting against the nucleoprotein of H1N1 and H5N1 influenza virus using naproxen as lead compound.
Mathilde Meyenberg
Committee: Langdon Martin, Dana Emmert, Steve Cartier

Quantifying Antioxidant Properties in Four Varieties of American Elderberry
Isabelle Lourie-Wisbaum
Committee: Dana Emmert, Dave Ellum, Amy Boyd

The Survival Rate of Hypsibius dujardini When Exposed to Various pH Buffers
Miron Honer
Committee: Paul Bartels, Steve Cartier, Jeff Holmes

November 14, 2016

A Novel Method of Performing an Acetylene Reduction Assay By The Method of Infrared Spectrophotometry
Connor Bachmann
Committee: Steve Cartier, Mark Brenner, Langdon Martin

Testing Agricultural Viability of Soil Within VT I-91 Median Strip
Kylie Cook
Committee: Robert Hastings, Amy Boyd, Steve Cartier

Seasonal Variation in Phyllosphere Bacteria on Rhododendron maximum
Liane Ventura
Committee:  Jeff Holmes, Amy Boyd, Dana Emmert

November 21, 2016

Effect of Cattle Trails on Soil Compaction Under Two Methods of Management Intensive, Rotational Grazing
Georgia Ackerman
Committee: Robert Hastings, Bob Eckstein, Mark Brenner

An Analysis of Edible Sea Cucumbers in western Guna Yala, Panama
Sydney Grange
Committee:Paul Bartels, Liesl Erb, Amy Knisley

Habituation, Memory, and Learning in Mimosa pudica
Chloe Moore
Committee: Jeff Holmes, Alisa Hove, Amy Boyd

November 28, 2016

An analysis of the feasibility for implementing a rainwater catchment system at WWC garden
Whitney Brotherton
Committee: Robert Hastings, Amy Knisley, David Coffey

December 5, 2016

Microbial Ecology of the Amphibian Skin
Guest Lecture: Ben Fitzpatrick
University of Tennessee, Knoxville