2005 REU Projects

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Behler, Emily (University of Virginia). Mentor: Eric Nagy and Zack Murrell. Hybridization and evolution in the wood fern genus Dryopteris: Evidence for hybrid swarms in Giles County, Virginia.

Ferris, Gavin (Clarion University of Pennsylvania). Mentor: Volker Rudolf (University of Virginia). Detection of conspecific predators by chemical and/or visual cues.

Gittman, Rachel (University of Virginia). Mentor: Henry Wilbur and Becky Wilbur. Factors Influencing the survival and growth of Acer pensylvanicum L. seedlings. 

Gonzalez-Kreisberg, Daniel (Harvard College). Mentor: Brian Haggerty. Effects of Pollinators on Flowering in Campanula americana.

Kienast, Kristine (Tufts University). Mentor: Jessica Partain (University of Virginia). Pollinator behavior and the trade-off between reproduction and disease spread in Silene latifolia (Caryophyllaceae). 

KuglerTimothy (University of Virginia). Mentor: Laura Galloway. Light environment and its effects on the pollination of Campanula americana.

Osborn, Rachel (Hampshire College). Mentor: Patrice Ludwig. Effects of dispersal on mating success in male Forked Fungus Beetles (Bolitotherus cornutus ).

Pavlis, Katherine (University of Guelph). Mentor: Dawn O'Neal (Indiana University). The effects of testosterone on female nest defense behavior in the dark-eyed junco ( Junco hyemalis).

Phillips, Jennifer (College of William and Mary). Mentor: Joel McGlothlin (Indiana University). Plumage, age, testosterone and territorial aggression in Dark-eyed Juncos. 

Rohde, Alexandra (University of Evansville). Mentor: Michele Dudash and Charles Fenster (University of Maryland). A comparison of the efficiencies of pollinator groups of two sister Silene species.

Williams, Christopher (Frostburg State University). Mentor: Michele Dudash and Charles Fenster (University of Maryland). Selection for flower color, tube diameter, inflorescence architecture, flower presentation, and flower height in artificial floral arrays by the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.