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Jessica DeToy

Title: The allelopathic effects of pale swallowwort (Cynanchum rossicum) on the growth success of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and swallowwort

Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Amatangelo 

Project Summary: My research investigates how allelopathy of a non-native species, swallowwort (Cynanchum sp.), contributes to its invasion in local forests. Allelopathy is the stimulatory or inhibitory effects of one plant on other plants through the release of chemical compounds into the soil. In my experiment, I am using soil from plant communities where swallowwort grows and where it is absent. In the greenhouse I am testing whether swallowwort soil impacts plant growth and photosynthetic rates of young swallowwort and native common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).


Zac Falconer

Title: Nest box preference and productivity of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis)

Advisor: Ms. Andie Graham 

Project Summary: I am using two different artificial nest box styles, Audubon and Peterson, to determine if Eastern Bluebirds have a preference for nesting. I am also trying to determine if one box style is more productive and produces more fledglings. 

Zac Falconer


Joe Knight

Title: Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Wilcox and Dr. Courtney McDaniel 

Project Summary:I am working on the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (CWMP), doing both field work and invertebrate identification. The goal of this project is to gain a broad understanding of the heath and function of the coastal wetlands around the Great Lakes.


Andrew Leonardi 

Title:The effects of invasive plants on the decomposition rates in temperate secondary successional forest

Advisor:Dr. Kathryn Amatangelo

Project Summary: My study looks at the effects of Swallow-wort on decomposition rates in forests and comparing it to that of native and bare vegetation plots. Various species of leaf litter are going to be decomposed to measure the different rates of decomposition on different types of native and non-native plants.

Andrew Leonardi


Joshua Marchner

Title:Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Wilcox and Dr. Courtney McDaniel 

Project Summary: I am working on the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program. My role in the research is to identify macroinvertebrate samples collected by crew members in the field.

Josh Marchner


Matthew Penberthy

Title:Inter vs intraspecific plant trait variability in the alpine and sub-alpine communities of Mt. Washington, NH. 

Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Amatangelo

Project Summary:My research is looking at the plant trait variability of the floral communities of Mt. Washington, NH.  Plant traits are useful to researchers to understand both community assembly and ecosystem function as they demonstrate responses to different abiotic and biotic factors of the environment.  I am looking at the variability within these traits, as intraspecific variation allows adaptive shifts within species, while interspecific offers insight on the convergence to similar trait values, both in response to abiotic and biotic factors.

Last Updated 10/8/18

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