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Cheetahs, Ants, Turtles, and More: ES Students Present Their Research April 6

Environmental Studies students will present their internship and doctoral research projects during  the Department of Environmental Studies’ twelfth annual student research symposium on Saturday, April 6. The public is welcome to attend the symposium, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in E 101 at Antioch University New England.

Peter Palmiotto, director of the Conservation Biology concentration and core faculty member in the Environmental Studies department, directs the symposium. The schedule:

Session IAnimal Ecology

9:15     Elizabeth PascaleThe Role of Ants in Reaching Federal Recovery Goals for Lycaeides Melissa Samuelis (Karner blue butterfly) in the Pine Barrens of Concord, New Hampshire

9:30     Erin HilleyMyrmecochory and Corema conradii at the Cape Cod National Seashore: Is C. conradii Dispersal Limited without the Aid of Ants?

9:45     Erica HermsenUsing Camera-Traps to Test the Efficacy of Different Bait Types in Luring Cheetahs (Acinonyx jabatus) in Kenya, Africa

10:00   Katelynn FreiThe Use of Remote Infrared Cameras to Assess the Diversity, Density, and Distribution of Nocturnal Primates in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, Africa

10:15   Morgan IngallsEstimating Myotis Lucifugus Populations at Aeolus Cave in Dorset, Vermont, Using PIT Tag Technology

10:30 ; 10:45  Break

10:45   Melissa Ann GaydosConservation of the Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Nesting and Hatchling Success Related to Incubation Temperatures.

11:00   Emily DarkInvestigation of Lionfish (P. volitans/miles) Use of Estuarine Mangroves in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA

11:15   Tamathy StageMuskrat Preferences Between Common Reed and Native Cattail for Lodge Construction and Location in a New York State Marsh

Session IIPlant Ecology and Conservation

11:30   Sadie StonePrescribed Fire Management in Pitch Pine Barrens throughout New England: Burned vs. Unburned

11:45   Tierney RosenstockFacilitating Pollination: The Relationship of Co-flowering Species on Fruit Set in the Pink Lady’s Slipper (Orchidaceae) (electronic poster presentation)

Noon1 p.m.            Lunch Break and Poster Session

Poster Session

Kathryn DohertyAlarmed But Not Acting: An Examination of the Inconsistency Between Beliefs and Behavior in Response to Climate Change

Apollinaire WilliamAssessment of Climate Change Vulnerability to Food Crop Systems in the Mukungwa Watershed, Rwanda

 Session IIPlant Ecology and Conservation (continued)

1:00     Christopher W. BeltzRestoration Potential of Degraded Crevice Communities on the Summit of Mt. Monadnock, New Hampshire

1:15     Candra BergeronEvaluation of Hunter Education in New Hampshire; How it Affects Hunters’ Views of Themselves as Conservation Stewards

 Session IIIPhD Research and Service Project Presentations

1:30     Claudia J. FordDr. Gladys Tantaquidgeon and the Plant Medicines of Southern New England Women

1:45     Deb MatlockDeep Environmental Education: Service to Earth and its Community

2:00     Ruth Kermish-AllenTechnology Tools and Environmental Education: A Partnership for Powerful Education


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