Redefining the Classroom

Biology poster presentation venue is tough to beat

Posted: November 27th, 2013

FROM ON HIGH – Lake Superior State University biology student Greg Fedirko explains his senior thesis research to biology professor Britton Ranson-Olson, under the watchful gaze of Crawford Hall Science's field collection of North American fauna. Fedirko, from Linden, Mich., was one of twenty seniors who shared undergraduate research findings during poster and oral presentations Nov. 22-23 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. His project found that bacteria counts at a public swimming area on Lake Superior varied with water run-off rather than during windy days when surf kicked up beach sediment. Other students found that introducing honeybees to an area jumpstarts the activity of other pollinating insects, and the relatively rare Lake Sturgeon is reproducing Ontario's Garden River. Run a Web search on "LSSU biology symposium" to read more results. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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BEST IN SHOW – Lake Superior State University biology professors Ashley Moerke and Jun Li pose with the best poster award winners for the fall 2013 biology senior symposium. Blake Vandenberg, left, from Grand Haven, Mich., was cited for best outdoor research. He studied the effects of improperly installed road-stream crossings on natural connectivity of stream ecosystems. His results showed that most parameters, such as water quality and habitat, showed no statistical differences when averaged throughout the reach of the study. However, there were measureable, localized effects in the immediate areas of road-stream crossings, which suggest that changes do occur. This research is important because it will help minimize impacts of future road-stream improvements. Adam Mackey, center right, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was honored for best indoor research. He studied antibiotic resistance in Aeromonas bacteria. His objective was to determine if there were other antibiotics that could be used to prevent the overabundance of this bacteria in river systems. His findings showed that though there was effective susceptibility to antibiotics already tested in other research, new antibiotics were also tested that showed susceptibility as well that could not be found in present research. This research is important because both fish researchers and physicians are finding it more difficult to protect against infections using antibiotics. (Courtesy of Tressa Hubbard)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Dr. Jun Li, LSSU Department of Biological Sciences, e-mail, 635-2094.