Recent Student Projects

UNDERC-East (2019)

Student Project Title Mentor
Gretchen Andreasen The log less traveled: investigating the effect of time on route selection of Woodland Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus gracilis) Michael Cramer
Matthew Aubourg Exploring the impact of dissolved organic carbon on Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) behavior: why live subjects are important for scientific study Amaryllis Adey
Matthew Donahue No change in life history of Daphnia catawba after 7 years of DOC differences in Long Lake Bret Coggins
Mark Ellman Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) length and condition in undisturbed and human disturbed lakes Ashely Trudeau
Michael Ellman Impact of Chinese mystery snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis) presence on native snail and bivalve populations Shannon Jones
Katherine Franz Behavior of male and female Rana clamitans under social stress: using phonotaxis to quantify response to territorial calling Mary Chang Leverett
Matthew Gerber Investigating the implications of changes in fishing mortality of Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Colin Dassow
Margaret Gleason The taming of the shrew: a study looking at the behavioral response of Northern Short-tailed Shrews (Blarina brevicauda) to the scent of a predator Michael Cramer, Laura Kloepper
Daniel Griffin Demographic structure of Eastern Hemlock and White Cedar populations and analysis of growth response to climate Rose-Marie Muzika
Elizabeth Hargis The effect of organic matter supply and lake sediment history on freshwater lakes methanogenesis Brittni Bertolet
Joseph Jaros There's no place like home: litter decomposition is modulated by species diversity and familiarity of environment Ceara Talbot
Jenna Johnston Overstory and understory species composition and diversity at UNDERC closed-canopy hardwood forests Rachel Rodriguez
Alexandra Lugo-Arroyo Influence of microbial community composition and organic matter supply on methane production in anoxic lake sediments Brittni Bertolet
Sylvie Martin-Eberhardt Is there an interaction between venation and nectar pattern for prey capture in the carnivorous plant Sarracenia purpurea? Bret Coggins
Matthew Millado Establishment of unique herbaceous plant communities on tree tip-up mounds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Walter Carson
Joseph Nowak The great escape: drivers of diel vertical migration in zooplankton and the role of dissolved organic carbon Amaryllis Adey
Michelle Nowak Growth rates of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) in Northwoods lakes Ashley Trudeau
Alejandra Porras Maturana Do tip-up mounds create unique microsites that enhance diversity? A case study in a northern hardwoods forest in Michigan Walter Carson
Carolina Quiles Bengochea Defense mechanisms in Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) induced by perceived predation risk as a response to differing cues Jasper Leavitt
Kat Sestrick Temporal and stand effects on Lepidoptera and Coleoptera defoliators in the eastern hardwood forest ecosystem Rose-Marie Muzika
Mariana Silva Carbon cycling in UNDERC lentic ecosystems: understanding wetland and lake dissolved organic carbon (DOC) uptake Ceara Talbot
Amy Smith Effects of beaver (Castor canadensis) lodges on fish populations Todd Crowl
Matthew Warren Decreasing mortality rates in Northern Pike (Esox lucius) influences average length and abundances of populations in northern Wisconsin fisheries Colin Dassow
Abigail White Pycnopsyche (Trichoptera: Limnephilidae) larvae influence on Orconectes propinquus grazing Todd Crowl
Harrison Wojtas Predator cue type and prey density alters survival strategies in larval Ambystoma maculatum and Rana sylvatica Jasper Leavitt
Hunter Wojtas Speaking with the frogs: changes in call types and call rate in Rana clamitans due to stimuli of varying amplitudes and time Mary Chang Leverett
Sabrina Woo What are the potential drivers behind the population dynamics of Peromyscus maniculatus gracilis and Peromyscus leucopus at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center? Michael Cramer

UNDERC-West (2019)

Student Project Title Mentor
Arce Lugo, Suheily M. Dalmatian toadflax effects on western insects diversity in the National Bison Range David Flagel
Cintron Santiago, Adriana M. Bioacoustic variation of the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) in response to increased traffic noise Zoe Goodrow
Johnson, Ellen The influence of avian predator scent cues on the presence and density of grasshoppers in grassland habitats in western Montana David Flagel
Laate, Eric Little Africa in prairie grassland Montana David Flagel
LeClair-Bernal, Shirley Analyzing water retention in soil between north-south slopes on the national bison Range Rick Everett
Reeves, Eileen C. Invaded: A study of wild pollinator responses to introduced flower species Katherine Barrett