ES Seniors Present Their Research at Regional Science Symposium

Several seniors in the Department of Environmental Science presented their research at the Regional Science Consortium’s Annual Symposium in Erie on November 7. Katherine Burgert presented her 2014 summer research conducted with Professor Casey Bradshaw-Wilson, titled “The Effects of Interspecific Competition on the Diets of Two Darter Species, Etheostoma zonale and E. blennioides, in Two Pennsylvania Streams.” Leah Rudge presented a speed talk highlighting the experimental research design and preliminary results from her senior comprehensive project titled “Effects of land management on terrestrial salamander communities in Crawford County PA.” Emily Hesch presented her senior comp, titled “Parasitic nematodes (Eustrongylides spp.) in Lake Erie’s Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).” Her research was funded through a grant awarded by the Regional Science Consortium located at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in April 2014 to both Emily and Bradshaw-Wilson.