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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

School of Biological Sciences

Which of our quality biology programs is right for you?

Environment / Ecology

The sustainability of freshwater, marine, or terrestrial ecosystems, the management of fish and game populations, or the conservation and ecology of natural resources.

Biomedical / Laboratory Science

The health professions (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy), medical laboratory science, or lab-based studies in botany, zoology, genetics, or molecular biology.

Education / Outreach

The development of public policy with regard to natural resources and the environment or teaching biology at the middle- or high-school level.

 

 

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: A compara- tive Study between Spatter for Human and Porcine Blood

Jessica Beaudry

The forensic investigation of violent crimes and deaths lead to one of the most significant and frequently encountered types of physical evidence, blood. From the early discoveries and advances in technology, the field of forensics continues to grow, especially in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA). It is necessary to devise experiments or controlled reproductions to continue the expansion of the BPA field. Human blood can be extremely dangerous due to infectious diseases. There are a few safer alternatives to using human blood and they include using spatter training blood and porcine blood. This study focuses on the comparison between human, porcine, Evident, and Sirchie spatter training blood. The data strongly indicates that while porcine blood is comparable to human blood, Evident and Sirchie spatter training blood is not.

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