Forum highlights undergraduate research

Feb. 27, 2017
School of Environment and Natural Resources students participated in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences undergraduate research forum.

Undergraduate research was on display at this year’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Undergraduate Research Forum.

On February 28, students representing many majors across the college shared their research with members and friends of The Ohio State University community. The Forum facilitates scientific exchange between students, faculty, and the public. The opportunity also prepares students for the annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, which is scheduled later in the spring semester on the Ohio State campus.

School of Environment and Natural Resources undergraduate researchers presenting their scientific research at the CFAES Research Forum included:

Mara Momenee (advised by Assistant Professor Jeremy Brooks)
Understanding the Potential of Home Gardening to Increase Food Access and Enhance Community Development in Urban Neighborhoods

Ashlee Balcerzak (advised by Professor Steven Lower)
Use of magnetic bacteria to remove phosphorus from eutrophic waters
**Placed 2nd in the Environmental and Plant Sciences category

Elizabeth Bertolini (advised by Assistant Professor Suzanne Gray)
The Effect of Lake Erie Algal Blooms on Emerald Shiners (Notropis atherinoides)           

Scott Meyer (advised by Assistant Professor Lauren Pintor)
Giving Up Density as a model to identify a difference in foraging behavior between native and invasive crayfish species
**Placed 3rd in the Environmental and Plant Sciences category.      

Hailey Tiarks (advised by Assistant Professor Suzanne Gray)
The Influence of Turbidity on the Development of Eye and Brain Morphology in an African Cichlid
**Placed 1st in the Environmental and Plant Sciences category.    

Kira Edic (advised by Assistant Professor Christopher Tonra)   
Breeding success in relation to nestling physiological stress in Prothonotary Warblers at Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County, Ohio

Andrew Wilk (advised by Assistant Professor William Peterman)
Effects of Habitat Patch Size on the Abundance of Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon  cinereus)
**Placed 4th in the Environmental and Plant Sciences category.

Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's Forum.

Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities in the School of Environment and Natural Resources here.