College of Science and the Environment Spring Research Symposium

Friday, April 21, 2023 @ 2:20 pm

Join us in person or virtually for senior research presentations from students in the areas of biology and chemistry!

Schedule of Presentations

Beaker Room – CRW 302

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Megan VoisinetSynthesis of Novel Dihydroquinazoline Compounds and Evaluation of their Antiamoebic Abilities
2:40Lilah FullfordQuantification of phytocannabinoids in beverages
3:00Timothy HowesEnzyme Purification of β-Lactamases: NDM-1 27-270
3:20James SimpsonAnalysis of Terpene Volatility in Hemp Oil
3:40Break

Bunsen room – CRW 303

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Tyler SomervilleSemi-Quantitative Metals Analysis Using ICP-MS
2:40Sarah VotrubaQuantification of Lead and Cadmium Accumulation in Hemp Plants
3:00Christopher MarcheseAn Assessment of The Health Issues Related to Cannabis Vape Cartridges
3:20Aysha ScartonPhytoremediation of Nickel and Lead From Contaminated Soil in Hemp Plants
3:40Break
4:00Meghan GerrieAn Analysis of Autosomal STR Profiling and Y-STR Profiling in Sexual Assault Cases

Fisheries and aquatic food webs – CRW 205

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Elizabeth BelangerAssessment of an Aquatic Remotely Operated Vehicle to Survey Fishes in an Inland Lake
2:40Mackenzie BellevilleThe Effects of Murky Water on Zooplankton Density and Diel Migration Patterns

3:00Ethan DePauwQuantifying the spatial contributions of zooplankton diel migration in a northern Michigan lake
3:20Kathleen GerardMuskellunge (Esox masquinongy) feeding on preferred and non-preferred prey: effects on growth, feeding efficiency, and survival
3:40Break
4:00Angel GuerreroComparing the Effectiveness of Copper Sulfate to Formalin as an Antifungal Agent on Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Embryos
4:20Jacob LohraffClimate change induced changes to the timing of migrating Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) smolt
4:40Samuel MitchellThe impact of storms on zooplankton density and richness in a hydroelectric reservoir and its downstream river

Wildlife ecology – CRW 207

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Megan BensonEffects of Habitat Density on Foraging Bird Communities
2:40Garrett BrownDetermining the effectiveness of fladry and motion-activated ultrasonic/sonic devices for deterring White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
3:00Nathan DatskoWaterfowl Use of Active and Inactive Beaver Ponds in the Eastern Upper Peninsula
3:20Abigail DeGeerComparing the social behavior of Irish Dexter cattle with chondrodysplasia to those without
3:40Break
4:00Sophie PaquinThe Effectiveness of Wayfinders and Blue Wayfinder Preference in Managed Spring Mason Bees
4:20Mitchell SingerAvian Use of the Munuscong Potholes Area after a Controlled Burn

Biology 1 – CRW 204

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Catherine QuonCompetition between Lactobacillus acidophilus and Staphylococcus aureus in egg salad at 28°C
2:40Kaitlyn VogelaarEffectiveness of Aloe, Witch Hazel, and Apple Cider Vinegar against Cutibacterium acnes
3:00Joseph MeierThe effect of sleep deprivation on reaction time in emergency medical technicians
3:20Matt DaneEffects of UV Radiation on Cellular ROS Production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
3:40Break
4:00Erika RomanHow Virtual Learning and the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Affect Students, Test Scores, and the Learning Process

Biology 2 – CRW 304

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Gabrielle MinierSurvey of Tick Microbiomes in Relation to their Host in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
2:40Stephanie WeesiesThe ability of rats to understand human emotive vocalizations
3:00Kristen LapradeThe Antibacterial Effects of Medicinal Honey: A Comparison to Common Antibacterial Treatments
3:20Kira KohlerPharmaceutical anxiolytics for dogs and cats: avoiding harmful side effects with holistic alternatives
3:40Break
4:00Elizabeth Chechlowski Analysis of heavy metal bioaccumulate in EUP waterfowl Biology

Environmental Science and Conservation – CRW 305

TimeStudentTitle
2:20Aaron BeyerComparison of Mitigated vs. Natural Wetland Water Quality Parameters in Ashmun Bay
2:40Allison BlankImpact of Food Source on Tissue Regeneration in Ambystoma tigrinum
3:00Nathaniel GilsonSurvey of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Presence in Lake Harbor Park
3:20Joshua LubbenThe Effectiveness of a Rice-based Soil Microbe Capture Method in Northern Michigan
3:40Break
4:00Olivia JacobsPharmaceutical Contamination on Daphnia Survival Rates
4:20Elizabeth King
Compartmental Disease Model for COVID-19 Transmission
4:40Eric Somsky
Species Distribution + Diversity of Freshwater Sponges from the Head to Mouth of Northern Michigan Watersheds

5:00Allison Vantrepott
Microbial Source Tracking in the Upper St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan