Natural Science Undergraduate Research Sequence Spring 2019

All talks will be held in Jensen 303 at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted

February 4, 2019

pH effects of citrate buffer on the survival rate of tardigrades (Hypsibus dujardini)
Nate Gross
Committee: Jeff Holmes, Alisa Hove, Langdon Martin

Determining the effects of coarse woody material on East Coast forest soils
Corinna Steinrueck
Committee: Dave Ellum, Jeff Holmes, Mark Brenner

Effects of silviculture on mycorrhizal diversity of Southern Appalachian mixed hardwood forests
August Stark
Committee: Alisa Hove, Jeff Holmes, Dave Ellum

February 11, 2019

Stress and college students: the influence of nature and tree climbing
Sophie Willihnganz
Committee: Jeff Holmes, Liesl Erb, Mark Brenner

Investigating substituent effects on color and push-pull strength in conjugated Schiff bases
Dakang Zhang
Committee: Langdon Martin, David Coffey, Jeff Holmes

Occultation vs. solarization on weed seed bank suppression
Hannah Ohman
Committee: Dave Ellum, Mark Brenner, Robert Hastings

February 18, 2019

Effects of Elaeagnus umbellata on available light and soil chemistry in the Warren Wilson College forest
Alina Bouch
Committee: Dave Ellum, Alisa Hove, Mark Brenner

The Effects of glyphosate on mycorhizal colonization in soybeans
Zander Hall
Committee: Alisa Hove, Mary Bulan, Mark Brenner

February 25, 2019

Algal growth rate on plastics and glass in a controlled marine environment
Jocelyn Hartung
Committee: Alisa Hove, Jeff Holmes, Paul Bartels

The contaminants analysis of groundwater of Huantai County, Shandong Province, China
Xin Sun
Committee: Mark Brenner, David Coffey, Langdon Martin

Analyzing the fluctuation of cortisol levels in dogs that are being kept in a kenneled environment
Preston Heavner
Committee: Liesl Erb, Jeff Holmes

April 1, 2019

Female color preferences, ecological selection, and the evolution of male nuptial coloration in darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae)
Dr. Patrick Ciccotto, Guest Speaker
Department of Biology, Warren Wilson College

April 8, 2019

Genetic sex ratio analysis of the American pika (Ochotona princeps) in the Rocky Mountain region
James Kitchens
Committee: Alisa Hove, Liesl Erb, David Coffey

Isolation of engine oil degrading microorganisms from soils in Buncombe County
Hope Bryant
Committee: Alisa Hove, Kim Borges

Effects of humidity on the growth rate of perovskite crystals
Chayton Wiley
Committee: David Coffey, Jeff Holmes, Langdon Martin

April 15, 2019

“Cleaning up” the Hungarian hot wax pepper: an on-farm variety trial for WNC
Maggie Konouck
Committee: Mary Bulan, Alisa Hove

Capstone Carnival, April 29, 2019, Time TBA

Effects of sublethal Imidacloprid on house cricket (Acheta domesticus) neuron firing activity and chirping behavior
Jenna Joyner
Committee: David Coffey, Liesl Erb, Langdon Martin

Harmful Microcystis aeruginosa bloom at Waterville Lake
Megan Stuber
Committee: Mark Brenner, Langdon Martin, Jeff Holmes

Effect of soil conditions on cultivated Panax quinquefolius root morphology
Abby Doyle
Committee: Dave Ellum, Alisa Hove, Amy Boyd

Identifying pollen collection by the European Honey Bee Apis mellifera in Buncombe County, NC
Briana Edwards
Committee: Alisa Hove, Amy Boyd, Mary Bulan