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Students Present Research at Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference

Left to right:  Zach Nemec, Kailey Cooper, Maci Nelson, Patricia Bohls, Professor Jennifer Clark

Left to right: Zachary Nemec ’16, Kailey Cooper ’15, Maci Nelson ’14, Patricia Bohls ’15, Professor Jennifer Clark

Four Hiram College students presented their research at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference from Feb. 28-March 2, 2014 at the University of Dayton. MEEC is a regional conference organized by graduate and undergraduate students, and it is hosted by a different Midwest university or college each year.

Students attending included Maci Nelson ’14, biomedical humanities major from Shaker Heights, Kailey Cooper ’15, biology major from Rootstown, Zachary Nemec ’16, biology major from North Royalton, and Patricia Bohls ’15, neuroscience major from Macedonia. Travel was funded by the James H. Barrow Field Station.

“This conference is a great opportunity for students to meet others in their field and gain perspective on current research conducted by their peers,” said Jennifer Clark, assistant professor of biology, who traveled with the students and co-authored three of the presentations.

The following posters and talks were presented:

  • Poster presentation: “Comparative evaluation of the Monarch Waystation to constructed and old field meadows at the James H. Barrow Field Station” by Nelson, co-authored by Clark
  • Poster presentation: “Baseline data collection of abiotic parameters and invertebrate and fish communities prior to restoration efforts of Eagle Creek” by  Nemec  and Sara Piccolomini ’14, environmental studies; co- authored by Clark
  • Poster presentation: “Shelter competition between invasive crayfish (Orconectes rusticus), native crayfish (O. obscurus) and a native benthic stream fish (central mottled sculpin)” by Cooper, co- authored by Clark
  • Oral presentation: “Modulation of anti-predator behavior by coat color in the eastern gray squirrel” by Bohls; co-authored by associate professor of biology Tom Koehnle

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