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Students to present results of summer biology research
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Eight graduate and undergraduate students will present findings of research they performed this past summer, under the guidance of SUNY Fredonia Biology faculty, on Friday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Jewett Hall Room 101.

The four Biology graduate students and their respective topics include: Lauren Larson, myosin heavy chain isoforms and asymmetrical hybrid fibers in rat skeletal muscles; Jonathan Townsend, identification of important habitat features for directing bat conservation using acoustic sampling and GIS techniques; Rebecca Watro, effects of bat ultrasound on house crickets and mate attraction; and Tiffany Wong, photomorphogenic effects of UV-B radiation and a-tocopherol treatment on Arabidopsis thaliana deficient in CUT1 gene.

Also presenting will be three seniors, Allison Martin, Biochemistry, population studies of Lilaeopsis schaffneriana to determine genetic variability within and between populations; Thomas Scullion, Biology, examination of multiple signaling in the acoustic communication system of house cricket; and Ramses Rodriguez, Biology, effect of pH-stressed carbonic anhydrase aCAH3 on triacylglycerol storage in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii; and a junior, Kaitlyn Crossan, Biology, study of the composition of Chautauqua County forested wetland communities, pre-infestation of the non-native invasive species the Emerald Ash Borer.

Serving as mentors for the students were: Drs. William Brown, Scott Ferguson, Frederick Harrington, Karry Kazial, Scott Medler and Jonathan Titus.

Financial support for their research was provided by a Yunghans-Mirabeli, Holmberg, Wettingfeld, Constantine Barker and Yunghans-Dieter Fellowships.

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