2016 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE BIOLOGY STUDENT PRESENTERS

Victoria Fliehr: Nest/Egg Temperatures in Relation to Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) Cygnet Survivorship in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

Faculty sponsor: Jeff Snyder

Stephanie Foster: The Effects of Drought Stress on Squash Plants

Faculty sponsor: Ava Howard

Jacob Higgins: Campus Tree Project: An Inventory of Western Oregon University’s Grounds

Faculty sponsor: Bryan Dutton

Mariah McKechnie and Rachel Mendazona: Using Artificial Selection To Understand Directional Orientation Behavior in Drosophila

Faculty sponsor: Kristin Latham

Jenesa Ross: Nutrient Deficiency Treatments in Agricultural Plant Species

Faculty sponsor: Ava Howard

Emma Signor: Invasive Characteristics of Geranium robertianum

Faculty sponsor: Ava Howard

Parker Smith: Everyone Poops, But What’s in it?

Faculty sponsor: Sarah Boomer

Sarah Thompson and Connor Osterberg: Fruit Flies Eat More Than Fruit: the Toxic Effects of Pseudomonas fluorescens

Faculty sponsors: Kristin Latham and Patricia Flatt

Stephanie Torrez and Natalie Wallace: Using Artificial Selection to Understand Orientation Behavior in Drosophila

Faculty sponsor: Kristin Latham

Marie Vaughn: Effect of Street Lamps on Two Species of Urban Street Trees

Faculty sponsor: Ava Howard


2015 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE BIOLOGY STUDENT PRESENTERS

Heather Hemmert: Determining the Predictors of Crawling Speed in the Snail Helix aspersa

Faculty sponsor: Mike Baltzley

Anusha Hoda and Kaylah Stevens: Characterizing the Distribution of GABAergic Neuons in the Nervous System of Terrestrial Gastropod

Faculty sponsor: Mike Baltzley

Ashley James: Photopoint Documentation of Vegetational Changes Following Invasive Plant Species Remediation at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, Ore.

Faculty sponsor: Bryan Dutton

Makayla Kachlein: Maze Path Choice in Shrimp

Faculty sponsor: Erin Baumgartner

Han Nguyen: The Diversity of Bacteria in the Oral Cavity

Faculty sponsor: Sarah Boomer

Connor Osterberg: Effect of Pseudomonas fluorescens on Drosophila Larvae

Faculty sponsor: Kristin Latham

Adam Pettit: Serotonergic Polymorphisms Mediate a Weakened Response to SSRI Treatment: a Proposed Model

Faculty sponsor: Mike Baltzley

Aaron Romero: Pseudomonas fluorescens Ingestion by Drosophila melanogaster Larvae

Faculty sponsor: Kristin Latham

Kindra Smith: Streptomyces Growth in Different Forest Soil

Faculty sponsor: Sarah Boomer

Sarah Thompson: Drosophila Larvae Show Effects on Development and Survival after Ingestion of Pseudomonas fluorescens

Faculty sponsor: Kristin Latham

Sarah Thompson and Victoria Fliehr: Host-Specific and Non-Host-Specific Caterpillar Prey Choice

Faculty sponsor: Erin Baumgartner

Stephanie Torrez, Natalie Wallace, Taylor James, and Eli Zachary: Using Artificial Selection to Understand Orientation Behavior in Drosophila

Faculty sponsors: Kristin Latham and Mike Baltzley

Sadie Western: Wavelengths of Light and Photo-Response in Planaria

Faculty sponsor: Erin Baumgartner


2014 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE BIOLOGY STUDENT PRESENTERS

Brittney Caudill: Growth of Urban Trees in Response to Rainfall and Temperature

Faculty Sponsor: Ava Howard

Spicie Davis, Taylor James, and Eli Zachary: Directional preference in Drosophila

Faculty Sponsors: Kristin Latham and Michael Baltzley

Victoria Fliehr: Changes in Aquatic Macrophyte Abundance, Distribution, and Diversity at the Harriman

State Park of Idaho Trumpeter Swan Wintering Ground, 1988 – 2013

Faculty Sponsor: Jeff Snyder

Tyler Grindstaff: Effects of Shading on Zea mays (Corn)

Faculty Sponsor: Ava Howard

Alexandra Harding and Aquilegia Leet: The Street Tree Inventory Project

Faculty Sponsor: Bryan Dutton

Nicole Herrera: The Effect of Stream Size on Enteric and Pseudomonad Bacteria Concentrations

Faculty Sponsor: Sarah Boomer

Anusha Hoda: Intraspecies variability in GABA-immunoreactive neurons in the central nervous system of

     Helix aspersa

Faculty Sponsor: Michael Baltzley

Max Kohen: Effects of Bacterial Metabolites on Fruit Fly Development

Faculty Sponsor: Kristin Latham

Kevin McCurdy: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Response to Hypoxic Stress

Faculty Sponsor: Ava Howard

Holy Meler: The Effects of UV-B Radiation on the Growth and Functionality of Kale (Brassica oleracea

     Acephala)

Faculty Sponsor: Ava Howard

Adam Pettitt: Determining the Effects of Pseudomonas fluorescens on Drosophila melanogaster

Faculty Sponsor: Kristin Latham

Aaron Romero: Drosophila melanogaster development after ingestion of Pseudomonas fluorescens

bacterial strains

Faculty Sponsor: Kristin Latham

Joel Yost: Identification of GABA producing cells in the nervous system of Hirudo verbena

Faculty Sponsor: Michael Baltzley