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 I—Animal Ecology

9:15     Elizabeth Pascale—“The 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 Hilley—“Myrmecochory and Corema conradii at the Cape Cod National Seashore: Is C. conradii Dispersal Limited without the Aid of Ants?”

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

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

10:15   Morgan Ingalls—“Estimating Myotis Lucifugus Populations at Aeolus Cave in Dorset, Vermont, Using PIT Tag Technology”

10:30 – 10:45  Break

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

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

11:15   Tamathy Stage—“Muskrat Preferences Between Common Reed and Native Cattail for Lodge Construction and Location in a New York State Marsh”

Session II—Plant Ecology and Conservation

11:30   Sadie Stone—“Prescribed Fire Management in Pitch Pine Barrens throughout New England: Burned vs. Unburned”

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

Noon—1 p.m.            Lunch Break and Poster Session

Poster Session

Kathryn Doherty—“Alarmed But Not Acting: An Examination of the Inconsistency Between Beliefs and Behavior in Response to Climate Change”

Apollinaire William—“Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability to Food Crop Systems in the Mukungwa Watershed, Rwanda”

 Session II—Plant Ecology and Conservation (continued)

1:00     Christopher W. Beltz—“Restoration Potential of Degraded Crevice Communities on the Summit of Mt. Monadnock, New Hampshire”

1:15     Candra Bergeron—“Evaluation of Hunter Education in New Hampshire; How it Affects Hunters’ Views of Themselves as Conservation Stewards”

 Session III—PhD Research and Service Project Presentations

1:30     Claudia J. Ford—“Dr. Gladys Tantaquidgeon and the Plant Medicines of Southern New England Women”

1:45     Deb Matlock—“Deep Environmental Education: Service to Earth and its Community”

2:00     Ruth Kermish-Allen—“Technology Tools and Environmental Education: A Partnership for Powerful Education”