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SENR Undergraduate Researchers Awarded Top Honors

March 27, 2014
Out of 43 posters in the agriculture/environmental science category, SENR undergraduate researchers Rachel Hefflinger and Elisabeth Nadler's posters were awarded top honors at this year's annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 26 on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Rachel Hefflinger's poster titled, "Examining the Short Term Effects of Restoration Plantings on Emerald Ash Borer Infested Flood Plains" was awarded 2nd place in the agriculture/environment category. Hefflinger is a fourth year Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife student and is advised by Kathleen Knight, research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and visiting scholar in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology.
Elisabeth Nadler's poster, "Effects of Burning Season on Fire Temperature and the Subsequent Regeneration of Oak" was awarded 3rd place in the category. Nadler is a fourth year in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife and is advised by Roger Williams, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. 
The Denman Forum is an opportunity to showcase outstanding student research at The Ohio State University and is a cooperative effort between Ohio State's Undergraduate Research Office, the University Honors & Scholars Center, and the Office of Research.
Other SENR and affiliated undergraduates presenting their research at this year's forum, included:
Presenter: Chloe Welch 
Advisor: Lauren Pintor 
Bioturbation by the Invasive Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) Affects Turbidity and Nutrients: Implications for Harmful Algal Blooms 
Presenter(s): Callie Nauman, Jiawei Zhu 
Advisor: Roger Williams 
Effects of Tapping Masson Pine Trees for Turpentine on the Tree’s Growth and Yield in Guangxi, China 
Presenter: Jeremy Shechter 
Advisor: Roger Williams 
The Effects of Forest Attributes on Soil and Water Properties in Southern China 
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Presenter: Laura Mason 
Advisor: Richard Dick 
The Microbial Diversity and Distribution of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria 
Presenter: Kaden Holton 
Advisor: Konrad Dabrowski 
Fertile Hybrids Among Cichlid Species: Racing to the Top of the Ornamental Fish Trade 
Presenter: Mackenzie Miller 
Advisor: Konrad Dabrowski 
Beginning Life Uncovered: Chemical Dechorionation of Freshwater Fish Embryos 
Congratulations to all the participating undergraduate researchers at this year's Denman.
March 2014