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Past Research Projects

Updated December 11, 2012

Forest Composition and Growth

Leaf litter

  • Where has all the leaf litter gone? - Charlotte Buehler, Chad Byers, Summer Drake, and Vanessa Fox, summer 2006

  • Leaf litter, earthworms, and soil pH in forests at the Nature Park - Summer Drake, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Decomposition rates of sycamore vs. sugar maple leaves in the quarry pond – Zachary Young, BIO 342, Ecology class, fall 2010

  • Decomposition rates of Phragmites vs. cattail leaves in the Quarry Pond – Ken Fortino and Zachary Young, BIO 490, fall 2011

 Trees in and near the Quarry Bottom

  • Patterns of sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) growth at four locations surrounding an abandoned limestone quarry - David Pope, Dana Dudle, and Vanessa Fox, summer 2004

  • Competition among trees in the Quarry Bottom - Chris Halvonik, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Effects of wind on growth patterns of trees in the Quarry Bottom and Rim Trail - Derek Redman, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Effects of sunlight on direction of tree growth along the edge of the quarry wall - Brandon Wood, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Shapes of juniper trees in open and forested areas - Steven Cudney, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Growth rates of sycamore trees in the Quarry Bottom and along the Rim Trail - Richel Geisse, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Relationships between cedar and sycamore trees – Briana White, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2009

  • Competition among sycamore trees in the Quarry Bottom – Will Tremaine, Andy Manson, and Mike Pavell, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2010

  • Distribution and growth of sycamores next to the Quarry Pond – Zachary Young, Hunter Schouweiler, and Sarah Minor, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2010

  • Nurse plant relationships between sycamores and cedars in the Quarry Bottom – Hunter Schouweiler, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2010

White-tailed Deer

Songbird Communities

Amphibians

  • Do frogs prefer ponds without fish? – Zachary Young, Josh Baugh, Andy Hogan, Danny White, Aquatic Ecology class, BIO 395, spring 2010

  • Survey of calling frogs in the Nature Park – Jim Benedix, Jessica Pond, and Stefan Freed, BIO 490, spring 2010

  • Frog surveys in the Quarry Bottom and along trails – Jim Benedix, Ashley Conard, Stephen Hesterberg, and Luke Miller, BIO 490, spring 2011

Small Mammals

Butterflies

Arthropods

Educational Outreach

  • “Outdoor Explorers,” an educational outreach programs for Greencastle Middle School students - Laura Stevens, Conservation Biology class, BIO 345, fall 2004

  • Natural history of the Quarry Trail - Genevieve Espinoza, Megan Michael, and Shayla Williamson, Conservation Biology class, BIO 345, spring 2006

  •  “Survivor!” an educational outreach program for Greencastle Middle School students - Kala Pattar, Kathy Frees, Suzanne Donoval, Conservation Biology class, BIO 345, spring 2006

  • Natural history of the Creekside and Rail Trail – Paul Cartwright, Reed Seward, and Brian Allman, Conservation Biology class, BIO 345, fall 2009

Prairies

Secondary succession

Invasive species

Other plants

  • Effects of ants on the reproductive success of the wild radish, Pastinaca sativa –  Jing Yang and Dana Dudle, summer 2005

  • Reproductive success of tall boneset in the Quarry Bottom of the Nature Park - Brett Bohlander, Debbie Jewell, Dan Zindrick, and Ryan Heffernan, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2005

  • Gall placement and success on adult boneset plants – Brian Allman and Morgan Grant, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2009

  • Goldenrod density and height – Morgan Grant,  Brian Allman, and Kyle Foster, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2009

  • Energy allocation of rosehip bushes along the Rim Trail – Braca Benizry, Nikki Craker, Stefan Freed, and Kelli Reed, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2009

  • Stinging nettle and soil water content along Big Walnut Creek – Mike Benson, Reed Seward, Danny White, and Amy Kamer, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2009

  • Gall susceptibility in goldenrod – Megan Jensen, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2010

  • Flower production and senescence in white boneset – Jim Benedix and students in Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2010

  • Effect of galls on the health of boneset – Sarah Minor, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2010

Greenhouse and growth chamber experiments in the Manning Lab

  • Metabolomic response of Portulaca oleracea to environmental stressors – Dana Dudle and Bryan Hanson, spring 2009

  • Seed production in horticultural and wild-type varieties of Portulaca oleracea (common purslane) – Bryan Hanson and Dana Dudle, fall 2009

  • Germination of salt-treated plant seeds – Matthew Keinsley and Bryan Hanson, Chem 395, fall 2010

  • Growing plants in the greenhouse for summer research – Bryan Hanson, Matt Kukurugya, Polly Haight, and Vince Guzzetta, spring 2011

Apocynum cannabinum, Hemp Dogbane

Aquatic Ecology

  • Crayfish prevalence and water quality in Big Walnut Creek - Jason Hutchison and Scott Kreuzman, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2005

  • Aquatic photosynthesis and respiration rates in the Quarry Pond and Woodland Pond - Katie Wirt, Ecology class, BIO 342, fall 2008

  • Potential effects of recreational boat use on plankton and algae in the Quarry Pond – Cody Roldan and Morgan Grant, Conservation Biology class, BIO 345, fall 2009

  • Zooplankton diversity and water quality in the Nature Park ponds – Cody Roldan, Morgan Grant, and Dina Leech, BIO 490, fall 2009

  • Comparison of freshwater microinvertebrates in Nature Park ponds – Dana Dudle, Ken Fortino and students in BIO 135, Organismal Biology, spring 2010

  • Underwater cartography:  bathymetry of the Quarry Pond - Alan Lee and Neil Fitzharris, BIO 390, spring 2010

  • Caddisflies in Big Walnut Creek - Kelly Blair, Anna Fogt, Scott Graf, and Lauren Leipprandt, BIO 390, spring 2010

  • The influence of fish in aquatic systems - Brian Allman, Muska Fahim, Megan May, Cody Roldan, and Ryan Edelen, BIO 390, spring 2011

  • Nutrient bioassay of two ponds - Katie Kraska, Stephen Hesterberg, and Matt Brown, BIO 390, spring 2011

  • Anthropogenic influences and impacts on pond ecology - Emily Dye, Jacob Sokalski, Norah Jacob, and Yaritza Acosta, BIO 390, spring 2011

  • Is everything everywhere?  Characterization of bacterial communities in the Quarry Pond and Woodland Pond – Dina Leech, Lynn Bedard, summer 2010

Wetlands

  • Water quality and soil composition of functional wetlands in the Nature Park – Patrick Wagner, Janet Mellinger, Brianna Frigerio, Jessie Pa’ahana, Conservation Biology class, BIO 345, fall 2009

Bacteria

Geosciences

  • Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to navigate and interpret topographic maps

  • Characteristics of sedimentary rocks in the quarry walls

  • Using limestone strata and chert nodules to visualize three-dimensional orientation of rocks in space

  • Investigating water chemistry in the quarry pond, ephemeral ponds, and Big Walnut Creek

  • Investigating discharge rates in Big Walnut Creek and seepage in the Quarry Bottom

  • Groundwater and possible contaminants in the Quarry Bottom

Art

  • "Redefining Landscape," first-year seminar - Barbara Fields Timm, fall 2011

  • Building rock cairns in the Quarry Bottom – Barbara Fields Timm and students in FYS class, fall 2009

  • Building rock cairns in and along Big Walnut Creek – Barbara Fields Timm and students in FYS class, fall 2010

  • Collecting trash and recyclables with aesthetic potential from Big Walnut Creek – Barbara Fields Timm and students in FYS class, fall 2010