Recent Student Research Projects
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Mary R. Brockett, Meghan R. Morreale, Lawrence R. Aaronson, Jessica H. Shinn-Thomas. 2015. Virulence of a Novel Melanin Producing Pseudomonas Species UC17F4 on C. elegans.
Patrick S. Spica, Emra Klempic, Sara E. Scanga, Jessica H. Shinn-Thomas. 2015. The Effects of Wrapping NGM Culture Plates with Parafilm M® on the Growth and Development of Caenorhabditis elegans.
Patrick S. Spica, Emra Klempic, Matthew Betzenhauser, William A. Mohler, Jessica H. Shinn-Thomas. Using Genetic Screens to Initiate Undergraduate Research: Identifying Regulatory Cofactors of the C. elegans Cellular Fusogen, EFF-1, and Their Effects on Epithelial Cell Fusion.
Nelson, Mark, Jon Treen, and Bryant Buchanan. 2014-2015. Low illumination prey detection in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Spica, Patrick, Emra Klempic, Mathew Bettzenhauser, and Jessica Shinn-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 Shinn-Thomas. 2014. Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model to Study ADHD and Memory.
Brockett, Mary*, MaryEllen R. Fitzgerald-Bord*, Farwah Dalawar*, Gabe A. Zabala*, R. Fiorentino, S. E. Scanga, and Sharon L. Kanfoush. 2014. Assessment of the Effect of Climate Change Induced Lake Effect Snowfall on Tree Ring Width.
Blowers, A. J.*, K. R. Ford*, J. Ralston, and S. E. Scanga. 2013. Local and landscape-scale habitat selection in five boreal birds threatened by climate change.
S. E. Scanga, Andrea J. Blowers*, and C. D. Schirmer. 2013. Feasibility of out-planting small populations to conserve a rare plant.
Seifert, S.L., Shikula, K., and Aaronson, L.R. 2013. Pyomelanin Production in a Novel Pseudomonas Species is Cell Density-Dependent.
Shikula, K., Seifert, S.L., and Aaronson, L.R. 2013. The Quorum Signaling Compound PQS Induces Pyoverdin Production in a Novel Pseudomonas Species.
Zeigler, K.E., Ferguson, A.R., and Aaronson, L.R. 2013. Casein Induced Changes in Surface Tension Modifies the Mode of Surface Translocation in Bacillus cereus.
Avery, L.E., McCorry, J., Zeigler, K.E., Bruns, V., and Aaronson, L.R. 2012. Milk-Induced Sliding of Bacillus cereus Is Not Due to Nutrient Starvation.
Benzing, S.L. Cotrupe, C.C. and Aaronson, L.R. 2012. Light Effects on Pyomelanin Production in a Novel Pseudomonas Species.
Zeigler, K.E.. Avery, L.E. and Aaronson, L.R. 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, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan (2011) Sonographic analysis of clicks produced by red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus.
Romy Bhagat, Tyler Shepherd, T. Provost, and A. Pack (2011) Distribution of Pacinian corpuscles in mice exposed to PCBs.
Jessica Wilczek and A. Pack (2011) Organization of tactile receptors along ventrodorsal and rostrocaudal axes in mouse tail.
Alex Rohacek, S. Wise, B. Buchanan, and A Pack (2011) Histological examination of developmental anomalies in regenerated tails of salamanders exposed to artificial night lighting.
Michelle St Louis (recent grad), A. Rivera, and A. Pack (2011) Developing a far-field recording paradigm for amphibians.
Kimberly Foote, Jessica Wilczek, Elizabeth Lopez, and Dr. 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, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. (2011) The Effects of Artificial Night Lighting on Nocturnal Activity of the Red- backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Ashley Schlichting, Alex Rohacek, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. (2011) Artificial night lighting affects feeding behavior and resulting growth and regeneration in the Red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Emma Lalonde, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. (2010-2011) The effect of light pollution on reproduction in fruit flies. E. LaLonde is an 8th grade student at Donovan Middle School.
Alex Rohacek, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan (2010-2011).
Effect of artificial night lighting on tail regeneration in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Lyndsay Avery and L. Aaronson. (2010-2011) Milk-Induced Swarming in Bacillus cereus: Lack of Coordination of Protease and Hemolysin BL Secretion.
Kayla Kracke and Ll Aaronson. (2010-2011) Photoinduction of Pyomelanin Production in a Novel Pseudomonas Species.
Kayla Kracke and L. Aaronson (2010) Construction of a Transposon-Mediated Knock-out Library in Pseudomonas species UC 17F4 and UC179D3.
Rohacek, A.*, S. Wise, and B. 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, L. R. Aaronson. (2010) Induction of Apoptosis in Candida albicans by Sphinganine.
K. Galbraith, M. Bankowski, L. R. Aaronson. (2010) Inhibitory Effects of Sphinganine on Growth, 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.
Wright, M., T. Provost, and A. Pack. (2009) Effects of developmental and longitudinal exposure to the PCB Aroclor 1254 on balance in black Swiss-Webster mice.
S. Wise, B. Buchanan and P. Dawes. (2009) Artificial Night Lighting Alters Surface Activity of Red-backed Salamanders.
Wright, M., T. Provost, and A. Pack. (2008) Effects of Developmental and Longitudinal Exposure to PCB 1254 on the Vestibular Systems of Mice
Alsheimer, L., S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. (2008) Effect of artificial night lighting on emergence time and activity in the terrestrial salamander Plethodon cinereus.
Savage, H., B. Buchanan, S. Wise, and K. Bingel. (2008) Artificial night lighting affects anuran larval growth and development.
Vo, K., J. June, T. McCarthy, S. Wise, T. Provost, and B. Buchanan. (2008) Artificial night lighting alters behavioral, growth, and reproductive patterns of an aquatic hermaphrodite snail.
Vo, K.*, T. McCarthy, S. Wise, and B. Buchanan. (2007-2008) The effect of artificial night lighting and time of day on activity in the aquatic snail (Physa acuta).
June, J., T. McCarthy, B. Buchanan, S. Wise, and T. Provost. (2007) Nocturnal Light Levels Alter Testosterone Concentrations and the Onset of Reproduction in Hermaphroditic Freshwater Snails.
Tehan, L., Hirschey, E., Provost, T., Pack, A. 2006. Damage to the organ of Corti in mice exposed to PCB.
Kirby, Sarah, Sharon Wise, and Adam Pack. 2006. Neuroanatomy of tail autotomy in Redback Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus): neuronal source of muscular control.
Szymanska, Ewa and Larry Aaronson. 2006. The effects of sphinganine on Candida albicans biofilms.
June, Jessica, Tom McCarthy, Sharon Wise and Bryant Buchanan. 2006. Effect of artificial night lighting on the growth of pond snails, Physa acuta.
Savage, Heidi, 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.
Bingel, Kaylyn, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2005. The Effect of Abnormal Nocturnal Illumination on the Development of African Clawed Frogs (Xenopus laevis).
Sorge, S., H. Wanamaker, and A. Pack. 2004. Lack of cochlear damage in transtympanic gentamicin administration.
Justin R. Eberley, Samantha L. Frank, George S. Pinter, and Dr. 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.
Kenny, Tammy, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. Sound production and social interactions in the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Cooper, Erica, Mylinh Nguyen, and Sharon Wise. 2004. Variation in territorial behavior of red-backed salamanders from Virginia and New York.
Mittiga, M.A., Wise, S.E., and Buchanan, B.W. 2004. The effect of abnormal nocturnal illumination on the larval development of Xenopus laevis.
Owens, T.M. and Buchanan, B.W. 2004. Ultraviolet Visual Capabilities of the Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Ahmed Rezk, Philip Cox, Jennifer Szempruch, Teri Bikowsky, Eduard V. Mokhor, Dr. Terri Provost. 2004. The effects of chromium picolinate and guarana on endocrine function, neurochemical status and learning and memory in Swiss-Webster mice.
Duracak, Amra, Merima Ramovic, and Larry Aaronson. 2004. Identification of Bacterial Species.
Dawes, Patrick, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. The influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal emergence time of the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Nasar, Faheem, Sharon Wise, and Terri Provost. 2004. The effects of testosterone on aggressive behavior in male redback salamanders, Plethedon cinereus.
Piacentino, Sara and Larry Aaronson. 2004. The effects of spinganine on membrane permeability in sphinganine-resistant mutants of Neurospora crassa.
Lorraine, Eric, Sharon Wise, and Adam Pack. 2004. Tail Autotomy Control in Plethodon cinereus.
Freeborn, Layla and Bryant Buchanan. 2004. Acoustic communication in Hyla squirella.
Peabody, S. and David Moore. 2003. Evaluation of the use of water treatment residuals for greenhouse production.
Bushinger, Scott J., Bryant W. Buchanan, and Sharon E. Wise. 2003. Visual prey detection by red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus, under 'black' light.
Jackson, Eric, Bryant Buchanan, and Sharon Wise. 2003. An Evaluation of Illumination Levels Available to Leaf Litter Organisms that Reside in or Below the Leaf Litter.
Cordova, Joelle, Sharon Wise, and Bryant Buchanan. 2002. The influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal activity of the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
Guellermo, W., X. Dorrejo, S. George, and B. Buchanan. 2002. The effects of temperature and illumination on the visual capabilities of Hyla squirella and Pseudacris crucifer.
Beubrun, R. C., J. A. DeBonza, E. C. Morse, S. E. Wise, and B. W. Buchanan. 2002. Factors influencing sound production in red-backed salamanders.
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