The Senior Research Project

Recent Senior Research Projects

Aquatic & Marine

-Determining aerial respiration threshold of juvenile Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (Loricariidae)

-Gender differences in the otoliths of the vermiculated suckermouth sailfin armored catfish (Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus) in Blue Spring, Florida

-Changes in reproduction strategies in invasive exotic catfish Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus in Volusia Blue Spring, Florida, USA

-The effects of land use and water quality on Floridobia spp. (Mollusca: Gastropoda) population densities

-Filling in the gaps: species distributions and habitat characteristics of the highly endemic snail genus, Floridobia

-Effect of Trichechus manatus latirostris on Blue Spring food web using stable isotope analysis

-Gut content analysis comparing the Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna) and Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) in Volusia Blue Spring

-Importance of the restoration of Vallisneria americana into Blue Spring State Park: increase in native fish habitats

-Do changes in nutrient concentration and water flow affect the ecosystem stability of Volusia Blue Spring

-Anatomical and physiological changes induced in the Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) after exposure to the cyanotoxin cylindrospermopsin via oral gavage

-Effects of water level on populations of diving ducks and dabbling ducks at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area


-Restoration of sandhill ecosystems: The importance of soil fungi on the growth of a native perennial, Liatris tenuifolia

-The effect of chronic herbivory on floral volatile production in Passiflora incarnata: A bioassay with honeybees

-Acidic soils benefit seedling growth in two perennial plant species native to the Florida sandhill ecosystem

-Effects of Prey Type, Initial Body Posture, and Tail Position on Caudal Luring by Sistrurus miliarius

-The Effect of Arginine Vasotocin on Maternal Care in Pygmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius)

-Seasonal Variation in Immune Function, Energetic Status, and Infection with Snake Fungal Disease in Free-Ranging Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) in Central Florida

-The effect of reproductive status on innate immunity in the pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarus barbouri)

-A comparison of mobbing behavior elicited by vocalizations of native vs. non-native owl species

-Brown-headed nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) scraping call, mobbing call or not?

-The mobbing intensity of resident and migrant passerine species in response to Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) auditory stimuli

General Biology

-Identification of microbiota within the digestive system of wild-type fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster

-Evaluation of Gut Bacteria and Fungi in Drosophila melanogaster

-Determining the optimal phosphate/nitrate ratios and growth conditions of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii

-The effects of Triclosan on embryonic development of Ambystoma mexicanum

-The effects of antinausea drugs (Ondansetron and Metoclopramide) on the embryonic development of axolotls, Ambystoma mexicanum

-The effects of crowding and isolation on Zophobas morio larval development

-The effects of anthocyanins on motor coordination in a hereditary Drosophila melanogaster model of Parkinson’s disease

Molecular Biology

-Comparison of Genistein-induced Cell Death in T-cell leukemia Jurkat and Nonmalignant Lung Fibroblast MRC-5 Cells

-Flaxseed Lignan, Enterolactone, Found To Induce Apoptosis in Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma Cells

-Daidzin induces cellular apoptosis in Jurkat Leukemia cells

-Genotype by Sequencing Improves Resolution of Genetic Relationships among Stonefly Clades in the Great Basin

-Resolving the phylogeography of montane Great Basin stoneflies using next-generation sequencing

-Comparative study of genetic population structure and phylogeography between the montane Great Basin stoneflies Hesperoperla pacifica and Doroneuria baumanni

-Using cell fractionation techniques to eliminate pseudogene contamination in Hesperoperla pacifica

-Nucleotide excision repair of UV induced DNA damage detected in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

-The presence of FOXO transcription factor, a key component in the insulin signaling pathway, does not affect learning and memory in Drosophila melanogaster

-Identification and removal of mutational hotspots provides new insights into killer whale phylogeny


-Identifying the increase in taste reactivity behaviors and the distribution of Fos-IR neurons in the GC in response to 1.0 M NaCl solution in conscious rats

-Fos-immunoreactive neurons in the lateral dysgranular insular cortex are associated with ingestive behaviors elicited by sucrose in conscious rats

-Electrical stimulation of the anterior gustatory cortex elicits ingestive taste reactivity behaviors in conscious rats