Student Research
Major in Biology

Recent Student Research Projects


Alex Alinea Acid Rain 2015      Pamela Lawrence ASM 2015


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(Student Authors In Bold)

Steffon Williams, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2016-present. The influence of artificial light at night on nocturnal activity of eastern redbacked salamanders (Plethodon cinereus).

Anthony DiMambro, Madison Burnham, 
Jessica H. Thomas, and Tom McCarthy. 2016-present.  Population genetics of local Physa acuta popuations.

Bilal Hasanspahic, Edin Zvornicanin, Jasmina Samardzic, Andrew Rahme,
Sara E. Scanga, and Jessica H. Thomas. 2016-present.  Nontarget insecticide effects of erythritol on C. elegans and two common agricultural crop plants.  

Mya Pope
and Dan Kurtz. 2016-present.  Odorant solubility in the human nasal mucosa. 

Emily Rembetski
, Tom McCarthy, and Adam Pack. 2016-present. Physid snails respond to light before hatching.  

Jasmina Samardzic, Dain Heath, Daniel Long, Jennifer Liu, Kayla Paratore, Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan. 2015-2016. The effect of artificial night lighting on nocturnal emergence and activity in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Hardik Nariya, Roza Zhushma, Jessica Thomas, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2015-2017. The effect of artificial night lighting on fecundity and reproduction in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.

Tiffany Cabrera, Jasmina Samardzic, Abigail Schaible, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2014-2017. The effect of artificial night lighting on the nocturnal activity of the fruit fly, Drosophila virilis.

Sara Scanga, R.D. Sabo, G.B. Lawrence, Alexandria A. Alinea, Gabriel A. Zabala, C.D. Schirmer, R. Ouimet, D.M. Nelson, K.N. Eshleman. 2015. Long-term changes in ecosystem nitrogen availability and nitrate export in two neighboring watersheds in the Adirondack Mountains.

Mary R. Brockett, Meghan R. Morreale
, Lawrence R. Aaronson, Jessica H. Thomas. 2015. Virulence of a novel melanin producing Pseudomonas species UC17F4 on C. elegans.

Patrick S. Spica, Hardik Nariya, Mary R. Brockett, Emra Klempic
, Sara E. Scanga, Jessica H. Thomas. 2015-2017. The effects of wrapping NGM culture plates with Parafilm M® on the growth and development of Caenorhabditis elegans.

Mark Nelson, Jon Treen
, and Bryant Buchanan. 2014-2015. Low illumination prey detection in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Patrick Spica, Emra Klempic, Mathew Bettzenhauser, and Jessica Thomas. 2014.  Identifying the regulatory cofactors of the C. elegans EFF-1 cellular fusogen and their effects on epithelial cell fusion.

Justine Gordon, Bryant Buchanan, Jessica Thomas. 2014. Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model to study ADHD and memory.

Mary Brockett, MaryEllen R. Fitzgerald-Bord, Farwah Dalawar, Gabe A. Zabala
, R. Fiorentino, Sara Scanga, and Sharon L. Kanfoush. 2014. Assessment of the effect of climate change Induced lake effect snowfall on tree ring width.

Andrea J. Blowers, Kyle Ford
, Joel Ralston, and Sara Scanga. 2013. Local and landscape-scale habitat selection in five boreal birds threatened by climate change.

Sara Scanga, Andrea J. Blowers, and C. D. Schirmer. 2013. Feasibility of out-planting small populations to conserve a rare plant.

Stephanie Seifert, Kristina Shikula, 
and Larry Aaronson. 2013. Pyomelanin production in a novel Pseudomonas species is cell density-dependent.

Kristina Shikula, Stephanie Seifert, and Larry Aaronson. 2013. The quorum signaling compound PQS induces pyoverdin production in a novel Pseudomonasspecies.

Kate Zeigler, A.R. Ferguson, and Larry Aaronson. 2013. Casein induced changes in surface tension modifies the mode of surface translocation in Bacillus cereus.

Lindsay Avery, J. McCorry, Kate Zeigler, V. Bruns, and Larry Aaronson. 2012. Milk-induced sliding of Bacillus cereus Is not due to nutrient starvation.

S.L. Benzing, C.C. Cotrupe, and Larry Aaronson. 2012. Light effects on pyomelanin production in a novel Pseudomonas species.

Kate E. Zeigler, Lindsay Avery and Larry Aaronson. 2012. Analysis of the effects of the major components of bovine milk on induction of sliding motility in Bacillus cereus.

Andrea Volo, Stephanie Benzing, Sai Han Myo Tun, Sara Scanga, and Alyssa Thomas. 2011. Effects of engineered nanoparticles on native woody plants.

Travis Cobb, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2011. Sonographic analysis of clicks produced by red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus.

Romy Bhagat, Tyler Shepherd
, Terri Provost, and Adam Pack. 2011. Distribution of Pacinian corpuscles in mice exposed to PCBs.

Jessica Wilczek
and Adam Pack. 2011. Organization of tactile receptors along ventrodorsal and rostrocaudal axes in mouse tail.

Alex Rohacek,
Sharon Wise, Bryant Buchanan, and Adam Pack. 2011. Histological examination of developmental anomalies in regenerated tails of salamanders exposed to artificial night lighting.

Michelle St Louis. 
A. Rivera, and Adam Pack. 2011. Developing a far-field recording paradigm for amphibians.

Kimberly Foote, Jessica Wilczek, Elizabeth Lopez
, and Daniel Kurtz. 2011. Sensory testing of photo-degradation in pilsner beer sold in three different packaging materials.

David Goldstock, Shaquile Barnes
, and Daniel Kurtz. 2011. Determination of odorant solubility in human nasal mucosa through numerical analysis.

Meagan Sudik
, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2011. The effects of artificial night lighting on nocturnal activity of the Red- backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Ashley Schlichting, Alex Rohacek
, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2011. Artificial night lighting affects feeding behavior and resulting growth and regeneration in the Red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Emma Lalonde, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2010-2011. The effect of light pollution on reproduction in fruit flies. (Emma LaLonde was an 8th grade student at Donovan Middle School.)

Alex Rohacek, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2010-2011.
Effect of artificial night lighting on tail regeneration in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Lyndsay Avery and Larry Aaronson. 2010-2011. Milk-induced swarming in bacillus cereus: Lack of coordination of protease and hemolysin BL secretion.

Kayla Kracke and Larry Aaronson. 2010-2011. Photoinduction of pyomelanin production in a novel Pseudomonas species.

Kayla Kracke
and Larry Aaronson. 2010. Construction of a transposon-mediated knock-out library in Pseudomonas species UC 17F4 and UC179D3.

A. Rohacek,
Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2010. The effect of artificial night lighting on the nocturnal activity of the terrestrial red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

M. L. St. Louis, A. Cortese, Larry Aaronson. 2010. Induction of apoptosis in Candida albicans by sphinganine.

K. Galbraith, M. Bankowski, Larry Aaronson. 2010. Inhibitory effects of sphinganine on frowth, viability and biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus.

Megan Peppenelli
, Jeff Tefft, and Terri Provost, 2009. The Effects of developmental exposure to Aroclor 1254 on serotonin concentrations in Black Swiss Webster Mice.

M. Wright,
Terri Provost, and Adam Pack. 2009. Effects of developmental and longitudinal exposure to the PCB Aroclor 1254 on balance in black Swiss-Webster mice.


Sharon Wise, Bryant Buchanan and P. Dawes. 2009. Artificial night lighting alters surface activity of red-backed salamanders.

M. Wright,
Terri Provost, and Adam Pack. 2008, Effects of developmental and longitudinal exposure to PCB 1254 on the vestibular systems of mice.

L. Alsheimer,
Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2008. Effect of artificial night lighting on emergence time and activity in the terrestrial salamander Plethodon cinereus.

H. Savage, Bryant Buchanan, Sharon Wise, and K. Bingel. 2008, Artificial night lighting affects anuran larval growth and development.

K. Vo, J. June, Tom McCarthy, Sharon Wise, Terri Provost, and Bryant Buchanan. 2008. Artificial night lighting alters behavioral, growth, and reproductive patterns of an aquatic hermaphrodite snail.

K. Vo,
Tom McCarthy, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2007-2008,The effect of artificial night lighting and time of day on activity in the aquatic snail (Physa acuta).

J. June, Tom McCarthy, Bryant Buchanan, Sharon Wise, and Terri Provost. 2007. Nocturnal light levels alter testosterone concentrations and the onset of reproduction in hermaphroditic freshwater snails.

L. Tehan, E. Hirschey,
Terri Provost, and Adam Pack. 2006. Damage to the organ of corti in mice exposed to PCB.

Sarah Kirby
, Sharon Wise, and Adam Pack. 2006. Neuroanatomy of tail autotomy in Redback Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus): neuronal source of muscular control.

Ewa Szymanska
 and Larry Aaronson. 2006. The effects of sphinganine on Candida albicans biofilms.

Jessic June, Tom McCarthy, Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan. 2006. Effect of artificial night lighting on the growth of pond snails, Physa acuta.

Heidi Savage,
Sharon Wise, Terri Provost, and Bryant Buchanan. 2006. The effect of artificial nocturnal illumination on the development and melatonin production of African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) larvae.

Kaylyn Bingel, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2005. The Effect of abnormal nocturnal illumination on the development of African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis).

S. Sorge,
H. Wanamaker, and Adam Pack. 2004. Lack of cochlear damage in transtympanic gentamicin administration.

Justin R. Eberley, Samantha L. Frank, George S. Pinter,
and Terri L. Provost.
2004. Effect of omeprazole intake on learning and memory, ChAt activity, protein absorption, anemic status, and serum cholesterol with a high protein diet.

Tammy Kenny,
Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. Sound production and social interactions in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Eric Cooper, Mylinh Nguyen, and Sharon Wise. 2004. Variation in territorial behavior of red-backed salamanders from Virginia and New York.

M. A. Mittiga, Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. The effect of abnormal nocturnal illumination on the larval development of Xenopus laevis.

T.M. Owens and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. Ultraviolet visual capabilities of the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Ahmed Rezk, Philip Cox, Jennifer Szempruch, Teri Bikowsky, Eduard V. Mokhor,
Terri Provost. 2004. The effects of chromium picolinate and guarana on endocrine function, neurochemical status and learning and memory in Swiss-Webster mice.

Amra Duracak
, Merima Ramovic, and Larry Aaronson. 2004. Identification of bacterial species.

Patrick Dawes, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. The influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal emergence time of the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

Faheem Nasar, Sharon Wise, and Terri Provost. 2004. The effects of testosterone on aggressive behavior in male redback salamanders, Plethedon cinereus.

Sara Piacentino 
and Larry Aaronson. 2004. The effects of spinganine on membrane permeability in sphinganine-resistant mutants of Neurospora crassa.

Eric Lorraine
, Sharon Wise, and Adam Pack. 2004. Tail autotomy control in Plethodon cinereus.

Layla Freeborn 
and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. Acoustic communication in Hyla squirella.

S. Peabody 
and David Moore. 2003. Evaluation of the use of water treatment residuals for greenhouse production.

Scott J. Bushinger,
Bryant Buchanan, and Sharon Wise. 2003. Visual prey detection by red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus, under 'black' light.

Eric Jackson,
Bryant Buchanan, and Sharon Wise. 2003. An evaluation of illumination levels available to leaf litter organisms that reside in or below the leaf litter.

Joelle Cordova
, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2002. The influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal activity of the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.

W. Guellermo, X. Dorrejo, S. George
, and Bryant Buchanan. 2002. The effects of temperature and illumination on the visual capabilities of Hyla squirella and Pseudacris crucifer.

R. C. Beubrun,  J. A. DeBonza, E. C. Morse,
Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2002. Factors influencing sound production in red-backed salamanders.

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