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2010 Dean's Symposium winning presenters
Row 1 from left: Jacob Wenger, Katherine Brelje, and Nathan Hodges
Row 2: Dean Sharfman. President Switzer


Biology and environmental studies major Jacob Wenger presented "Redside dace (Clinostomus elongatus) in Mill Creek, Wabash County, Indiana: A Strategy Research and Augmentation." His research mentor is Jerry Sweeten, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies.

"Despite the considerable uniqueness and scarcity of the species, very little research or conservation effort has been applied to the redside dace," Wenger told his symposium audience about the tiny fish that can indicate ecosystem health. While participating in a four-year study funded by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division, the senior from Petersburg, Pa., helped create the first successful captive redside dace breeding program.

Student presentations, including Jacob's, are featured on the Science Seminar pages.

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Matt Helm
"Hedgehog signaling mediates interferon-gamma induced mesenchymal stem cell proliferation and recruitment to the stomach"

Audrey Deitrich
"Identification of pathogenic and non-pathogenic skin flora on equipment used by the Manchester University football team in the fall of 2012"

Tiffany York
"Examination of Flute, Saxophone, and Trumpet for S. aueres, B cerues, and N. mucosa."

Ben Cloud

Ben Cloud
Ben Cloud researched chickadee hybridization with Dr. Short in 2012. His goal was to determine the boundaries of the hybrid zone between Black-capped chickadees and Carolina chickadees. Using microsatellite markers, he determined the extent of hybridization in four chickadee populations spread over a 70km North-South transect in Northern Indiana. He compared his genetic data with morphological data collected 30 years ago, and found that the chickadee hybrid zone has widened and shifted northward in the last 30 years. Future studies will aim to monitor the hybrid zone and possibly identify mechanisms for its shift.

Anna Hartsuff
Anna Hartsuff
Anna Hartsuff researched tiger salamander migration with Dr. Short in 2012. Her goal was to characterize genetic diversity of tiger salamander populations in Fort Wayne wetlands (Eagle Marsh and Fox Island). Using microsatellite markers, she found that salamander populations in a network of vernal pools had very low genetic diversity. The low genetic diversity may reflect recent colonization of the pools, as Eagle Marsh consists of wetlands restored only 10 years ago. Further studies will be used to determine whether genetic diversity in these wetlands is increasing or decreasing over time.

Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry
Sarah Curry, an environmental studies and biology major (Class of 2010), received recognition at the 2011 annual meeting of the Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Sarah’s research “Examination of Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) fall migration patterns in North Central Indiana” was voted best research paper presented at the 2010 spring meeting. Sarah received funding to study northern saw-whet owls during the fall of 2009 and captured and banded 35 owls during the 2009 banding season. This is a long-term project that is conducted each fall at the Koinonia Biological Field Station owned and operated by Manchester University.



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