Achievements

  • Eric Duncan (major professor: Paula Jackson) Water use and water tolerance in the riparian species American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.) and how its physiology compares to the coexisting black willow (Salix nigra Marshall).

    Brittany Moore (major professor: Jared Taglialatela) Differences in the communicative behavior and neurobiology of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus).

    Deayne Johnson (major professor: Sigurdur Greipsson) Induced phytoextraction of lead from contaminated urban soil through manipulation of rhizosphere and plant biogeochemical functions in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).

    Stephanie Larson (Major professor: Melanie Griffin) Phenotypic Analysis of the Regulatory Role of the Leucine-Responsive Regulatory Protein (LrpPA) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

  • PAPER SUBMITTED:

    Johnson, Deayne, H. El-Mayas, D. Deocampo and S. Greipsson. 2015. Induced phytoextraction of lead through chemical manipulation of switchgrass and corn; role of iron supplement. International Journal of Phytoremediation. (In review)

  • AWARDS:

    Awarded Graduate Research Assistantships for the summer of 2014 » Eric Duncan, Marylou Moore, Stephanie Larson, Matthew Aderholt, Austin Howard, Alexandria Lamle, John Metz, Scott Milne, Daniel Pingel, and Alicia Schwieterman.

    Eric Duncan Outstanding MSIB Student Award for 2014 » Awarded a Kennesaw Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant to attend meetings and present.

    Scott Milne Bagwell Scholarship for 2014-15 » During the summer of 2014, Scott conducted research at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) in Des Moines, Iowa.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    Eric Duncan (April 2-5, 2014) “Comparison of diurnal water use in the native riparian tree species, American sycamore, Platanus occidentalis (L.), and black willow, Salix nigra (Marshall), and the potential implications for riparian restoration efforts and ecology”. Association of Southeastern Biologists; Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    Scott Milne (August 2014) "The Role of Socio-Ecological Factors on Conspecific Proximity and Communicative Behavior: A Cross Species Comparison of Gorilla gorilla, Pan troglodytes, andPan paniscus" at the International Primatological Society Conference; Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Scott Milne (September 2014) "Conspecific Proximity of Captive Pan troglodytes, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla and the Role of the Presence of Food on Socio-ecology" at the American Society of Primatologists Conference; Decatur, GA.

    Stephanie D. Larson (September 2014) "Phenotypic Analysis of the Regulatory Role of the Leucine-Responsive Regulatory Protein (LrpPA) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" at the American Society of Microbiology; Jacksonsville, FL.

    John Michael Metz (September 2014) "Delineation of Aeromonas hydrophila Pathotypes by Detection of Putative Virulence Factors using Polymerase Chain Reaction and Nematode Challenge Assay" at the Southeastern branch of the American Society of Microbiology; Jacksonville, FL.

  • AWARDS:

    Deayne Johnson (June 2013) Awarded a Kennesaw Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant to attend and present at the International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements.

    Deayne Johnson (October 2013) Awarded funds from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program for travel to the 10th International Phytotechnology Conference in Syracuse NY.

    Deayne Johnson (2013-2014 academic year) Selected as a recipient of the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Scholarship and awarded $5000.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    Ellen Winant (March 2013) Poster on her survey of the distribution of Elimia spp. in Etowah River basin tributaries at the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium; Guntersville, AL.

    Eric Duncan (April 11, 2013) “Use of the Granier Thermal Dissipation Probe (TDP) method to gain insight into species specific water use in a mature mixed forest stand in North Western Atlanta, GA”, Association of Southeastern Biologists; West Virginia.

    Stephanie D. Larson (May 2013) Poster on her research on Lrp Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the American Society for Microbiolgy General Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

    Brittany Moore (2013) "Vocalization across contexts in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)" was a finalist for best student poster at the American Society of Primatologists meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Deayne Johnson (October 2013) 10th International Phytotechnology Conference in Syracuse NY presented a poster on her phytoextraction research

  • PRESENTATIONS:

    Stephanie D. Larson (October 2012) Poster on her research on Lrp Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology; Athens, GA.

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