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Catawba College Students Present Research at State Conference

November 10, 2017

Category: Academics, Biology, Environmental Science, Events, Students


SNCURCS-group.JPGOn Saturday, November 4th, 18 Catawba College students, representing two departments, attended and presented their research at the 13th annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, hosted by Campbell University. And, one of these Catawba students was recognized with a research award at this event.

From the Department of Biology, two students gave oral presentations of their research:

  • Elizabeth George of Salisbury: Molecular Barcoding of the Anopheles crucians Complex in the Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve at Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina; 
  • And, Morgan Elder of Hazelwood, Mo., (presenting) and Kara Cline of Salisbury (unable to attend): An assessment of a glacial relict population of Pinus strobus (Eastern white pine) in the Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina. 
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Samantha Miller and Wyatt Zander

Two other biology students presented a poster of their research: 

  • Samantha Miller of New Kent, Va., and Wyatt Zander of Rockwell: Exploring the Effects of Commercially Available Artificial Sweeteners on Gut-Associated Microbial Community Dynamics; 
  • And, Dina Reyes of Winston Salem, also in the Department of Biology, received a Barthalamus Grant to support her research: Environmental Mercury in Domestic Cats. 

From the Department of Environment and Sustainability, 13 students presented research posters: 

  • Adam Broome of Salisbury: Do Whitetail Deer prefer supplemental feed to natural feed? 
  • Kristina Burkhart of Lexington: How does the water quality in select North Carolina Piedmont counties differ? 
  • Jessica Buscher of Milton, Del.: Peoples’ Opinions on Hurricanes and Climate Change: are they connected? 
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    Kristina Burkhart
  • Megan Horton of Lexington: Comparison of Lakes in Rural and Urban Areas; 
  • Caleb Jarrard of Georgetown, Texas: Do Fish Prefer Wet Flies or Dry Flies? 
  • Holly Kuhn of Willow Spring: Pond Papershell VS. Invasive Asiatic Clams; 
  • Emily Pratt of Knoxville, Tenn.: Patterns of and Interactions between Scavengers in the Stanback Ecological Preserve; 
  • Cody Stultz of Asheboro: Differences between doves found in wild and urban environments; 
  • Kevin Troyer of Milford, Del.: Trail Trafficking: Most Preferred Entrance at Fred Stanback Preserve on the Catawba College Campus; 
  • Dallas Vann of Clayton: What's under the rock? 
  • Jasmine Wiitala of Morrisville: Comparisons of Water Quality and Microorganisms across Varying Water Body Size; 
  • Austin Young of Spencer: "Something's Fishy": A Look at the Poor Labeling and Species Misidentification Practices in Commercial Fishing; 
  • And, Ben Zemonek of Raleigh: Does Humanity Impact Insect Diversity and Abundance?