Mariah Allenis a student atLake Forest CollegestudyingBiologyand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: Decomposition and Fungal Diversity in Restored Tallgrass Prairies.
KevinAmsesis a student atHumboldt State UniversitystudyingBotanyand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: Which species of tropical canopy tree species access the water source provided by underground caves on the Yucatan Peninsula and are their natural fungal symbionts present in these portions of the root system?
Dayvis Blasiniis a student atNortheastern Illinois University (NEIU)studyingBiologyand is expecting to graduate in2013Scientific Question: What effects can have the introduction of Echinacea pallida in restored prairies of western Minnesota. Specifically, I am interested in quantifying if there is a competition for pollination between the introduced Echinacea pallida and the native Echinacea angustifolia. Such competition would increase the pollen limitation in native Echinacea angustifolia. Simultaneously, this study would assess the likelihood of hybridization between these two species in nature. Also, I am interested in evaluating if known genetic variations produced by habitat fragmentation alter the interaction between E. angustifolia and its specialist aphid (Aphis echinaceae).
AllisonBuiseris a student atKnox CollegestudyingChemistry and Environmental Scienceand is expecting to graduate in2017Scientific Question: Is there necromass degradation from one species of fungus? What is the chemical signature from what is left over?
RaudelCabralis a student atNorthwesternstudyingBiological Sciencesand is expecting to graduate in2016Scientific Question: Moss genomics and phylogentics
AriannaFarmeris a student atNorthwestern UniversitystudyingMathematicsand is expecting to graduate in2016Scientific Question: Moss genomics and phylogentics
BenjaminGirgentiis a student atBrown UniversitystudyingEnvironmental Scienceand is expecting to graduate in2016Scientific Question: What is the relation of subterranean environments and their microbial communities to above ground ecosystems and what does this mean for land management and wilderness restoration?
LisaGuanis a student atUniversity of California, BerkeleystudyingMolecular Environmental Biologyand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: What is the role of phenazine, a bacteria metabolite, in mediating cross-species interactions with fungi in terms of growth, conidiation, and metabolite production?
RobertHarrisis a student atCarleton CollegestudyingBiologyand is expecting to graduate in2017Scientific Question: Does the current morphological data of the sections and series of the genera Artocarpus hold up against genetic data?
RosalbaHerrerais a student atLoyola University ChicagostudyingChemical Engineering and is expecting to graduate in2017Scientific Question: Investigating the cause for the floral variation in the hemi-parasite Castilleja coccinea
Matthew Lichtyis a student atKnox CollegestudyingComputer Science, Environmental Studiesand is expecting to graduate in2015Scientific Question: 1) What are the best methodologies for optimizing ecological niche models for neotropical forest trees and 2) What were the effects of past climate oscillation on Cynometra bauhiniifolia's Benth. (Leguminosae) current distribution and evolutionary history?
JamesMedinais a student atOberlin CollegestudyingBiology and Neuroscienceand is expecting to graduate in2015Scientific Question: How does genetic diversity differ between a narrow endemic (Oenothera harringtonii) and four widespread closely related species? Using 12 microsatellite markers developed in O. harringtonii, I will survey 2 to 3 populations each of the four additional species. I expect to find more gene flow and less population differentiation in species that are hawkmoth-pollinated than in those that are pollinated by bees.
DrewMilbornis a student atMillikin UniversitystudyingSenior Management & International Business
Jason Milleris a student atMcKendree UniversitystudyingEnvironmental Studiesand is expecting to graduate in2013Scientific Question: I will be assisting with identifying and monitoring rare species of plants throughout the Chicagoland area and using past data to map out populations to prepare for volunteer events. I will also partake in assessing vegetation quality in various habitats. I will help manage volunteer-collected demographic data and when in the field, help with managing and training of volunteers. I will be helping with the entry of collected data and the merging of data from specific populations.I am wanting to become better acquainted with the plants of the area and learn more skills that will help me in my future career path.
ClaireMilstedis a student atCarleton CollegestudyingBiologyand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: I will be investigating the population genetics of Isoetes butleri, an endangered member of the lycopods (the "most primitive" division of vascular plants).
GerallePowellis a student atWellesley CollegestudyingBiological Sciences and Environmental Studiesand is expecting to graduate in2016Scientific Question: Does the colonization of mycorrhizal fungi in White Lady's Slipper Orchids affect the ratio of carbon to nitrogen in leaf tissue proportionate to the same nutrient ratio in soil samples?
JessicaRiebkesis a student atCentral CollegestudyingBiology Major, Global Sustainability and Spanish minorsand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: How does the viability of seeds collected from different states compare using germination experiments, X-ray analysis, and Tetrazolium tests?
MihaelRosenbaumis a student atIllinois State UniversitystudyingBiological Sciences and Chemistryand is expecting to graduate in2015Scientific Question: Using DNA sequencing and analysis of multiple species samples from around the country, how do the genomes of Isoetes butleri differ by location?
MarieSchaedelis a student atCarleton CollegestudyingBiologyand is expecting to graduate in2015Scientific Question: Do early observations suggest that hybridization of E. angustifolia with E. pallida result in increased fitness of the F1 generation? How closely do the observed phenotypes of hybrid offspring correspond to those of their pallida and angustifolia parents? What does this suggest about the heritability of the traits under study? What are the future implications for the population dynamics of Echinacea in restoration and remnant prairies?
Alexander Shafferis a student atNorthwestern UniversitystudyingPlant Biology and Classical Studiesand is expecting to graduate in2015Scientific Question: Does the attempt to restore golden Indian paintbrush to a former habitat or raising the species in isolation have an effect on genetic diversity, and if so to what extent?
HosinWestis a student atUniversity of New HavenstudyingBiology with a concentration in Biochemistryand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: How genetically distinct is the subspecies Castilleja affinis neglecta from the rest of the C. affinis population and where do both thrive?
Christopher Wrightis a student atUniversity of Washington-BothellstudyingEnvironmental Science- Conservation and Restoration Ecologyand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: Using environmental characteristics and data from the Plants of Concern monitoring program, can we predict potential locations for finding undiscovered populations of rare and threatened prairie species?
JeniferYostis a student atLake Forest CollegestudyingBiology and Environmental Studiesand is expecting to graduate in2014Scientific Question: (Project #1) Percent Carbon based on Dry Combustion (LECO CN Analyzer)
Q: Do restoration practices improve soil carbon sequestration (storage) over time?
*Macroaggregates vs. microaggregates
(Project #2) Stable Isotope Signatures
Q: Do aggregate 13C signatures reflect any changes in litter inputs from C3 and C4 plants over the duration
Q: Are there differences between the macro- and micro- aggregates?
(Project #3) Lignin Phenol Analysis (TMAH Thermochemolysis GC-MS)
Q: How and why are the macro- and microaggregates being degraded?
Q: What plants are being degraded in macro- and micro- aggregates?
*Angiosperms, gymnosperms, leaves, grasses, woody plants