OOS 39 - Pair Power: Collaboration with ESA’s Next Generation of Ecologists (i.e. undergraduates) as Evidence of Earth Stewardship

Thursday, August 11, 2011: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
16B, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Romi Burks
Moderator: Andrew C. McCall
Organized by the Researchers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section (R-PUI), this novel session will feature the approach of pair presentations given by undergraduate researchers with their mentors. One of ESA’s goals includes communicating the premise of earth stewardship to a broad range of audiences, especially students that may become future practitioners. Earth stewardship encompasses any number of research topics common to ecologists: effects of disturbance, impacts of exotic species, influences of resource enrichment on plant competition, issues of biodiversity as well as much more. As a example model for collaboration, we have solicited joint presentations by undergraduate students and faculty. We expect that this session will present successful, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to conducting high quality research at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). We anticipate a range of topics from controls on biodiversity, pro-active efforts toward combating invasive species or physiological responses to climate change. Talks within this session possess a high probability of incorporating tenets of earth stewardship, especially considering that ecologists at PUIs dedicate significant time to teaching and outreach efforts in addition to research.
1:30 PM
1:50 PM
The role of dispersal limitation and site invasibility in the spread of garlic mustard
Mark A. Davis, Macalester College; Abby Colehour, Macalester College
2:10 PM
TEK combined with laboratory research on wild rice is driving the restoration of the wild rice culture and ecosystems
Scott M. Herron, Ferris State University; Joshua Byers, Ferris State University
2:30 PM
Living on the edge: Potential fates of apple snail (Pomacea insularum) eggs laid on emergent variation in riparian areas
Romi L. Burks, Southwestern University; Allyson K. Plantz, Southwestern University; Megan E. Rice, Southwestern University; Tracy Day, Southwestern University
2:50 PM
An experimental analysis of foraging and aggressive behavior between mosquitofish and bluegill
Jessica E. Rettig, Denison University; Jennifer H. Clemmer, Denison University
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
4:00 PM
4:20 PM
Creating a research-infused botanical curriculum at a public liberal arts university
Jennifer Rhode Ward, University of North Carolina at Asheville; Jacob S. Francis, University of Nevada Reno; Jonathan L. Horton, University of North Carolina at Asheville; H. David Clarke, University of North Carolina at Asheville
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