2007-2008 Research

Responses of Eastern Grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) to alarm calls by Alexandra Castro. A BIO 206 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Does reduced distance between foraging birds decrease perceived predation risk? by Dave Grunzel. A BIO 319 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Observing Prycon lotor: Do raccoons associate food more strongly with sight or scent? by Ashley Bruno. A BIO 206 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Abandoned mine drainage: fighting the silent killer of Pennsylvania's aquatic ecosystems by Brandon Sansom, Elliot Swauger, and Michele Wuenstel. An EVS 101 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Distribution of garlic mustard and its chemical effects by Adam Dopkowski. A BIO 319 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Geomorphic characterization of Abe's Creek on the Abernathy Field Station by Bradley Firestone and Laura Herbeck. An EVS 330 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Outdoor cats: a survey of cat owners and their attitudes concerning cats as predators by Craig Frey. A BIO 206 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Species-area relationships of trees and herbs in a secondary forest in southwestern Pennsylvania by Ann Mitchell. A BIO 319 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Factors affecting dominance and conflict intensity in crayfish by Matt Mazgaj. A BIO 206 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

First year analysis of a long term study of small mammal populations at the Abernathy Field Station by Matt Mazgaj and Travis Bui-Klimke. A BIO 319 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Comparing response distances in habituated and unhabituated Sciurus caronlinensis by Dan Martin and Brady Yevins. A BIO 206 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

The effect of scent on the caching behavior of rats by Tyler Learn. A BIO 206 project presented at the W&J fall poster session, 2007.

Biological, physical, and chemical characteristics of a third order western Pennsylvania stream by Zachary Zuschlag. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Effects of E. coli on the relative abundance of green algae in southwestern Pennsylvania streams by Craig Frey and Ryan Stauffer. A BIO 200 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Exploring the differences between snag size and vertebrate abundance by Michael Kehr. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Crayfish size and distribution in first, second, and third order streams in southwestern Pennsylvania by Ryan Mullen. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

The change of pH from drip line to tree base by Adam Dopkowski. A BIO 200 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

The effects of seasonal change and predation on the foraging rates of birds by Silvana Giardini. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Food discrimination abilities by birds in southwestern Pennsylvania by Ann Mitchell. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Bird species richness and abundance during the spring and winter seasons by Jeremy Trussa. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Levels of total coliform and Escherichia coli contaminants of southwestern Pennsylvania streams by Craig Frey. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

The effects of coyote urine on white-tailed deer activity by Matt Miller. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Mushroom distribution at Abernathy Field Station by Adam Dopkowski. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Effect of stream size on salamander diversity and abundance by Brad Firestone. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Dead log communities in southwestern Pennsylvania by Colby Giles. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.

Biotic assessment of an undisturbed second-order stream in southwestern Pennsylvania by Matthew Mazgaj. A BIO 320 project presented at the W&J spring poster session, 2008.