Five biology majors traveled to the
Benthic Ecology Meeting in March 2009 with Professor Declan
McCabe to present the results of their ecological research.
to Right: Ian Meyers '09, Brian Cunningham '10,
Alexandra Canepa '09, Erin Doyle '09, Jacqueline Cote
'09, and Professor Declan McCabe at the poster session
of the Benthic Ecology Meeting.
All of the students participated in
EPSCoR Streams Project in summer 2008 and had assembled a large
data set documenting macroinvertebrate communities, phosphorous
levels, physical habitat parameters, and coliform bacteria counts
from 15 stream sites. Each student presented a poster
addressing a different question using subsets of the combined data.
The annual Benthic Ecology Meeting is
an opportunity to share ecological research done in marine and
freshwater habitats. The meeting included presentations from
undergraduate students side by side with members of the National
Academy of Sciences and provided an excellent opportunity for
constructive feedback. In addition to the poster presentations,
there was three days of concurrent oral presentations covering
everything from coral bleaching, to hurricane damage, to land-use
impacts on freshwater habitats.
The group took time out
to visit the Texas State Aquarium before the meeting wrap-up party
on the hanger deck of the USS Lexington, a World War Two Aircraft
Carrier and museum anchored in Corpus Christi Bay.
The students trips were financed
through travel grants awarded to each student by the
Champlain Research Consortium (LCRC), and supplemented by Saint
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Karen Talentino. Their research was also presented
at the Deanís reception, the LCRC Symposium, and the National EPSCoR
conference held in Burlington in December.
- A COMPARISON OF HESTER-DENDY
ARTIFICIAL SAMPLERS AND KICK SAMPLES OF STREAM MACROINVERTEBRATE
- Canepa, Alex and McCabe, Declan J.
- A COMPARISON OF BASIC COMMUNITY
ECOLOGY MEASURES VS. STREAM-SPECIFIC METRICS APPLIED TO
MACROINVERTEBRATE DATA FROM AGRICULTURAL, URBAN, AND FORESTED
- Cote, Jacqueline M. and McCabe, Declan J.
- THE EFFECT OF PHOSPHORUS, TOTAL
COLIFORM, AND E. coli LEVELS ON BENTHOLOGICAL MACROINVERTEBRATES
IN THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN WATERSHED, VT
- Cunningham, Brian, Declan J McCabe
- LAND USE IMPACTS ON BENTHIC
MACROINVERTEBRATES IN VERMONT STREAMS
- Doyle, Erin M. and McCabe, Declan J.
- COMPARISON OF MACROINVERTEBRATE
DIVERSITY, TOTAL ABUNDANCE , AND RICHNESS OF EPT SPECIES SAMPLED
USING KICK AND HAND SAMPLING TECHNIQUES
- Myers, Ian E. and McCabe, Declan J.