REU Program

Summer 2017 will be the 30th year that the Cary Institute's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has provided 8-12 students with opportunities to conduct cutting edge research in ecology. 

2017 Program Dates: May 22 - August 11, 2017
Applications for 2017 are closed.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Cary's Annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium is where students present the results of their summer research projects. 

2017 


Part 1

 

Presenters: Jonathan Clementi (Marist College): Determinants of Sex Ratio of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) across Changing Fishery Landscapes in Northern Wisconsin ;Mikayla Domingo (Oregon State University): Effects of Diluted Wastewater Concentration on the Hudson River Estuary; Sophia Skoglund (St. Olaf College): Developing a Higher Resolution Model for Lake Ice Phenology; Deresha Porter (Louisiana State University): Assessing Interest in Science and Science Self-Efficacy Among Youth Living in an Urban Environment; Margot Shrift (Kutztown University of Pennsylania): The Potential of Satellite Imagery to Retrieve Chlorophyll a and Water Clarity Data for the Assessment of Lake Water Quality; Douglas Page (North Carolina A&T State University): Scavengers of the Hudson River Valley; Elena Prado-Ragan (Knox College): The Efficacy of Various Plant Compounds as Larvicides against Aedes alpobictus

Part 2

 

Presenters: Abigail Lewis (Pomona College): Nutrient Limitation of Phytoplankton at Varying Depths in a Stratified Lake; Abigail McCrea (Oberlin College): Effects of Leaf Detritus and Nitrogen on Intra- and Interspecific Competition and Survivorship of Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens; Byron Birss (Southern Oregon University): Assessing the Development of Scientific Curiosity and the Effect of Environmental Ethic in Children; Celestina Wright (Oberlin College): Modeling the Temperature- Dependence of Development Rate, Survival, and Adult Size in Culex Mosquitoes; Jennifer Nieves (Montclair State University): Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus) Response to Browsing Pressure by White-Tailed Deer: Implications for C and N Allocation; Melisa Bohlman (University of Arizona): Relative Stability of Soil Organic Matter in Nitrogen Depending on Sources of Input.
 

2016 


Part 1

 

Presenters: Jonah Boucher (Hamilton College): Assessing the Effectiveness of Landsat 8 Chlorophyll-a Retrieval Algorithms for Regional Freshwater Management; Saba Saberi (University of California, Berkeley): Scanning from the Sky: Using Remote Sensing to Estimate Freshwater Gross Primary Production;Jaelyn Bos (University of Maryland, Baltimore County): Comparing Submerged and Emergent Tidal Marshes as Sources and Sinks of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter; Maria Moya (University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla): Factors Affecting the Occurrence of Larger Terrestrial Vertebrates in a Northeastern Forest

Part 2

 

Presenters: Andrew Nunn (University of Evansville): Hemlocks Under Attack: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Elongate Hemlock Scale, and Fungal Entomopathogens; Elizabeth Cole (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Salamanders on the Move--How Global Trade Can Alter Forest Salamander Distribution; Bobbetta Davis (SUNY New Paltz): The Influence of Plant Composition on Mosquito Population Growth and Survival; Yashoma Boodhan (The City College of New York): Interacting Effects of Light and Pharmaceuticals on Stream Biofilms
 


 

2015


Part 1

 

Presenters: Catherine Kagemann: The Effects of Amphibian Presence and Predation on Mosquitoes; Kayla Smith: Predicted Effect of Climate Change on Mosquito Species Culex pipiens and Aedes albopictus; Lara Chodelski: The Language of Veeries; Erik Arndt: A Nitrogen Budget for the Mara River Basin, East Africa; Amanda Herzog: Effects of Urban Chemical Stressors on Stream Biofilm Growth and Function

Part 2

 

Presenters: Amanda Herzog: Effects of Urban Chemical Stressors on Stream Biofilm Growth and Function; Hannah Talton: A Natural Control for a Natural Nuisance; Laura Block: Songbird Communication: Structure and Function of Veery Calls; Dillon McQuade: Investigating the Effects of Drugs and Urban Chemical Stressors on Aquatic Macro invertebrates in Artificial Streams; Michelle Victoria: Can Chytrid Spores be Filtered Out by Invertebrates?

Part 3

 

Presenters: Cheyene Keniston: A Rise in Sea Level and Heavy Metal Bioavailability; Solomon Ajasin: Decomposition and Denitrification in Natural vs Artificial Ponds and Riparian Areas

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