Research Spotlight

Submerged Aquatic Vegitation

Students and Faculty work closely together on the St. Mary's River Project to increase the population of S.A.V.

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Alumni Spotlight

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SMP presentations 2009

Oral

Hankins, Jeff, "A Review of the Causes and Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay." Mentor: John Ramcharitar

Burgess, Catherine, "Verification of the Presence of Exogenous Cdk4 cDNA in a Pompe Mouse Myoblast Cell Line." Mentor: Rachel Myerowitz

Allen, Dustin, "The Effect of Storage Salinity on the Viability and Germination Success of Eelgrass (Zostera marina) Seeds." Mentor: Walter Hatch

Smith, Brandon, "Conversion of type II to type I muscle fibers to assess a potential therapy for Pompe Disease." Mentor: Rachel Myerowitz

Gaines, Dakim, "The Effects of the Pesticides Maneb and Paraquat on the Developing Dopaminergic System - Implications for Parkinson's Disease." Mentor: Rachel Myerowitz

McDonough, Megan, "Evaluation of the Threat of West Nile Virus in a Changing Environment." Mentor: William Williams

Dohn, Justin, "A Review of Noxious Weed Control Programs in Southern Maryland." Mentor: William Williams

Tolbert, Claire, "p21Cip1 Modulates the Differential Infiltration of ‘Inflammatory' and ‘Repair' Macrophages after Arterial Injury." Mentor: Karen Crawford

King, Mary, "Unusual Animal Behavior: a Component in Earthquake Prediction." Mentor: William Williams

Georgevich, Lauren, "Surgical Methods for Inducing Ectopic Head Formation in Lumbriculus variegatus." Mentor: Karen Crawford

Baum, Rachel, "Isolation and Identification of an anti-microbial compound from fructose and phosphate buffered saline." Mentor: Jeffrey Byrd

Swaim, Heidi, "Comparison of the Extraction Yield of Bovine DNA from Animal Feed using Commercially Available Test Kits." Mentor: Jeffrey Byrd

Hession, Megan, "Water Quality Monitoring under the Clean Water Act: Big Solution or Big Problem?" Mentor: Robert Pau

Hoffmann, Michele, "Characterization of Immune Genes Controlled by the ELT-2 Transcription Factor in Caenorhabditis elegans." Mentor: Samantha Elliott

McDowell, Briana, "Analysis of Methods of Preventing Lyme Disease (Borreliosis) Infection by Ixodes scapularis ticks." Mentor: William Williams

Smith, Elizabeth, "The Expression of Beta-Catenin in the Early Development of Loligo pealei." Mentor: Karen Crawford

Gruenberger, Eric, "Efficacy of a Bamboo (Phyllostachys bissetti) Extract as an Antimicrobial Agent." Mentor: Robert Paul

Ducey, Elizabeth, "Assessing Seasonal Variation of Epibenthic Community Structure on a Restored Oyster Reef: Macroinvertebrate Biodiversity and Polychaete (Nereis succinea) Biomass." Mentor: Elaine Szymkowiak

Pritchard, Alicia, "The Effects Of Oyster Filtration On Estuarine Water Clarity and Some Unintended Consequences for SAV vs. Macro algae." Mentor: Sarah Kolesar

Voigt, Erin, "The Effects of Coastal Acidification on Juvenile Oyster Calcification Rates (Crassostrea virginica vs. C. ariakensis)." Mentor: Sarah Kolesar

Koerner, Eleanor, "Biological Basis for HIV Vaccine Failure." Mentor: Samantha Elliott

Bowden, Heather E., "Cyanogenic Glycosides: The Plants, the Herbivores, the People." Mentor: Holly Gorton

Csernak, Brian, "A Vegetation Analysis of Chancellor's Point, Historic St. Mary's City." Mentor: William Williams

Birkholz, Alysia, "Allergies: Breastfeeding and Babies." Mentor: Samantha Elliott

Bourgin, David, "Differentiation Kinetics in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Bearing a Drosha Knockdown." Mentor: Rachel Myerowitz

Prasher, Emma, "Comparison of Isolated Soil Bacteria and Nematode Intestinal Bacteria from an Organic Farm." Mentor: Samantha Elliott

Becker, Elizabeth, "Growth Dynamics of Two Nesting Populations of Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in Baja California Sur, Mexico." Mentor: Robert Paul

Vilson, Fernandino Louis, "Role of MAP Kinase in Cell to Cell Interaction in Monensin Treated Loligo pealei Squid Embryos." Mentor: Karen Crawford

Smith, Lauren, "A Study of Chesapeake Bay Rehabilitation Projects." Mentor: Robert Paul

Patrick, Rachel, "Leishmania: The Search for Genetic Exchange." Mentor: Samantha Kerry

Poster

Espina, Benjamin,"Potential Application of Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Virus Capture" Mentor: Jeffrey Byrd,

Grady, Sarah,"The Effect of Cupriavidus Necator Predation on Bacillus anthracis Spore Surrogates" Mentor: Jeffrey Byrd

Cervenka, Taylor,"Symptom Clusters Suggestive of Pediatric HIV-1 Infection Observed in Infants in Open Arms Orphanage, Malawi". Mentor: Jeffrey Byrd

Collie, Claire,"Phenolic Concentrations in Organically- and Synthetically-Fertilized Arugula, Eruca sativa" Mentor: Holly Gorton

Hermans, Brett,"Effects of Direct and Diffuse Light on Growth of Eelgrass, Zostera marina" Mentor: Holly Gorton

Harris, Hunter,"Predator Induced Polymorphism in the Rotifer Brachionus plicatilis" Mentor: Walter Hatch

Bruestle, Eric,"Shell Calcification in the Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) Carapace Following Experimental 17α-Ethinylestradiol Exposure" Mentor: Walter Hatch

Knight-Gack, April,"Factors Affecting Fecundity and Recruitment of the Blue Crab (Callinectes Sapidus) in the Chesapeake Bay" Mentor: Walter Hatch

Seyum, Esrael,"Construction of a Transposon Vector for the Mutation of Streptomyces albireticuli Genes Involved in Caenorhabditis elegans Pathogenesis" Mentor: Samantha Elliott

Mangen, Kayla,"The Genetics of Dyslexia" Mentor Rachel Myerowitz

Ross, Ryanne,"A Study of the Beneficial and Detrimental Effects of Genetically Engineered Plants on Human and Environmental Health" Mentor: Rachel Myerowitz

Howard, Shannon,"Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Predation on Native and Selectively-bred Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica)" Mentor: Robert Paul

Schindel, Daniel,"Can Pyrolyzed Paper Towels Increase Soil Fertility and Sequester Carbon?" Mentor: Robert Paul

Simmons, Grant,"The Effects of Nonnative Centrarchids on Fish Community Diversity in the St. Mary's River Watershed" Mentor: Robert Paul

Scurci, Stephanie,"Electrophysiological Study of the Role of Nitric Oxide in Long-Term Depression at the Crayfish Neuromuscular Junction" Mentor: John Ramcharitar

O'Leary, Elizabeth,"Ontogenetic Changes in Auditory Sensory Hair Cell Densities and Otolith Morphology of Leiostomus xanthurus" Mentor: John Ramcharitar

Schaefer, Natalie,"The Effects of Noise on Auditory Function of Chesapeake Bay Fishes" Mentor: John Ramcharitar

Boemio, Megan,"Role of Temperature in the Susceptibility of Eelgrass (Zostera marina) to Wasting Disease, Labyrinthula zosterae" Mentor: Christopher Tanner

Leffler, Claire,"Posterior Cortical Atrophy: an Investigation into a Gray Matter" Mentor: William Williams

Benjamin, Eileen,"Pueraria montana var. lobata and a Removal Protocol for St. Mary's Campus" Mentor: William Williams

Ader, Kevin,"Experimental Identification and Classification of Mercury-Methylating Deltaproteobacteria from the Chesapeake Bay" Mentor: William Williams