College of Science and the Environment Spring 2022 Research Symposium

Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 9 am

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

Schedule of Presentations

CRW 306 – Chemistry | Biochemistry | Cannabis Chemistry | Environmental Chemistry

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Mika PulkkinenHow to Identify Novel Phytocannabinoids
9:20
Chloe YanacheakDetermining if the Chippewa County International Airport is a point source for PFAS
9:40
Olivia HohmanThe Bioremediation Potential of Bacillus subtilis against Polyethylene and Polypropylene
10:00
Gabriel McNinchHemp Concentrate Color Remediation Method Optimization
10:20 – Break

10:40
Isabelle MelisThe Quantification of Cocaine on Paper Currency
11:00
Connor PapsonDetermination of BTEX Concentrations in Ashmun Creek Sault Ste. Marie MI
11:20
Noah YatesSusceptibility of Plastics During Hydrocarbon Extraction of Cannabis While Comparing HPLC and NMR Methods of Cannabinoid Quantification
11:40
Mason KorhonenX inactivation: regulation of Barr bodies and the potential to reduce diseases

CRW 305 – Chemistry | Forensic chemistry | Cannabis Chemistry

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Andrew KalemberAnalysis of Heavy Metal Contamination in Cannabis from Grinding
9:20
Leah BellEffect of Cannabidiol on Decomposition Rate
9:40
Liam BellingerNaturally Synthetic: The problem of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Herbal Products
10:00
Chad SollowayCold Blood: An Analysis of Blood Spatter Techniques from a cold crime scene
10:20 – Break
10:40
Virginia MartinThe study of Optimal Decarboxylation Reactions in Cannabis sativa Extracts
11:00
Brandt EvansDo Cannabinoids Have Use as Antibiotics
11:20
Michael PetersThe Analysis and Identification of Ignitable Liquid Residue from Arson Accelerants
11:40
Alex MadaniMicrobial Source Tracking of Escherichia Coli to Human Contamination in Beach Waters via Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR)

CRW 304 – Environmental Science

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Jared VillenueveThe effect of Atlantic Salmon life history stage on the bacterial community of two northern Michigan hatcheries.
9:20
Mallory McNultySpicular malformation rates in freshwater sponges as an indicator of aquatic habitat quality.
9:40
Olivia LudlowUranium concentrations in ground water on Sugar Island, Michigan
10:00
Stephanie OwensOccurence and distribution of PFAS in eastern Upper Peninsula waterways.
10:20 – Break
10:40
Breanna KemppainenComparison of Removal Methods for Myriophyllum spicatum
11:00
Gabe WeirMapping fish habitat and structure using sonar imagery.

CRW 303 – Fisheries and Wildlife

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Jacob HartmanCapture rates of modified gee minnow traps and Quatrefoil light traps in wetlands.
9:20
Cody HeiserAssessing Age-0 fish assemblages in the Cloverland Power Canal.
9:40
Dakota VanFleetThe geographic extent of Didymosphenia germinata in the St. Marys River, Michigan.
10:00
Savannah BlowerEffects of shoreline modification on water quality and macroinvertebrate assemblages in the St. Marys River, MI.
10:20 – Break
10:40
Sean DonovanRelationship between aquatic insect drift densitiies & brook trout abundance and size structure in the Black River in the Ottawa National Forest.
11:00
Avery FeldmeierChanges in summer coastal wetland fish assemblages in the St. Marys River, MI.

CRW 302 – Fisheries and Wildlife

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Josh ClarkControlling the growth of aggressive grassland plants in a small prairie restoration in southwest Michigan.
9:20
Matthew GelbaughAn experiential learning project at Piche Grasslands
9:40
Cameron MansellEffects of hayfield mowing on insect populations and diversity
10:00
Charlotte PatyiThe effects of using compost accelerator in personal compost bins
10:20 – Break
10:40
Austin HeslingaWeather variability related to sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) lekking behavior in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
11:00
Zoe KapugaDetermining relationship between land type and wintering snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus) in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
11:20Zach MatchinskiEffects of elevation on bird species diversity around springs in southern Arizona
11:40Hayley MellonA Survey of American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Habitats During Summer Nesting Periods in the Eastern UP

CRW 207 – Biology

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Camdyn OdykirkThe Effects of Symbiotic Fungi on Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals in Soil by Red Clove (Trifolium pratense)
9:20
Andrew QuonImproved Assay Protocol to Evaluate the Use of 3,4-Dihydroquinazoline Compounds as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Biofilm Growth Inhibitors
9:40
Rebecca WeipertDoes Change in Location Affect the Frequency or Severity of Allergies?
10:00
Kaylynn ShutzThe Effects of Probiotic Yogurt on the Growth of Candida albicans
10:20 – Break
10:40
Katja WilhelmsComparing the Effects of Traditional and E-Cigarette Vapor on Candida albicans growth
11:00
MacKenzie KalchikThe Effects of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Melatonin and Sleep among Collegiate Student-Athletes
11:20Madeline JohnsonNSAID Associated Acute Kidney Failure In Children with Previously Diagnosed Conditions: A meta-analysis
11:40Badriah AloufiA Meta-Analysis of the Relationship of Breastfeeding to Breast Cancer
12:00

CRW 205 – Biology

TimeStudentTitle
9:00Jonathon BramerThe Killing Effects of Different Brands of Hand Sanitizer and Alcohol on E. coli”
9:20
Zoe LewisBacterial Pathogens and Their Resistance to Common Veterinary Antibiotics
9:40
Matthew HansenEffect of poly-d-lysine surface coating on transfectability of HEK293T
10:00
Haven BorghiMicrobiome of Hybrid Wolfdog (Canis lupus x familiaris) Ears Pre- and Post-exposure to Black Flies (Simuliidae
10:20 – Break
10:40
Bobbi Jo CaskeyManipulating the Aquaculture Microbiome
11:00
Allison ShillingThe Correlation Between Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) Births and the Summer Solstice
11:20Reyanna RutledgeMethods for Identifying Caspase-9 Mutations as Predictors of Lung Cancer.
11:40Blaise BouldingSalt Concentration and Bacterial Growth during Lacto-Fermentation