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Biology : SURF Program Description

Former SURF Fellows

Student Name: LUKE MUELLER
University and Major: University of New Hampshire, Environmental Engineering major with a focus on Sustainability, Class of 2019
Mentor Name: Dr. Theodora Pinou
SURF Year: 2017
Project: “Tracking Triploid Grass Carp in Candlewood Lake, Danbury, CT”
Project Outcomes: Luke presented his work to the WCSU community in August 2017
Where is Luke Now? Luke is an Environmental Engineer for Sanborn, Head and Associates in Westford, MA. He is also enrolled in the Master of Science in Sustainable Building Program at Northeastern University
Student Name: JASMINE GREY
University and Major: Western Connecticut State University, Biology major, Class of 2020
Mentor Name: Dr. Hannah Reynolds
SURF Year: 2018
Project: “Developing LAMP (Loop-Amplification Mediated PCR) to be specific and sensitive for the detection of Pseudogymnoascus destructans”
Project Outcomes:
1) Presented work to the WCSU Community in December 2018
2) Poster presentation at the Northeast Regional Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in April 2019 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT
3) Won the Library Research Award at Western Research Day in 2019
4) Presented research findings at the Mycological Society of America meeting in 2020 (virtually)
Where is Jasmine now? Jasmine is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

 

Student Name: KAYLA DEGUZMAN
University and Major: Western Connecticut State University, Biology major, Class of 2019
Mentor Name: Dr. Theodora Pinou
SURF Year: 2018
Project: “An interspecific behavior analysis of post-rehabilitated Long Island Sound juvenile sea turtles”
Project Outcomes:
1) Presented work to the WCSU Community in December 2018
2) Poster presentation at the 2019 International Sea Turtle Symposium in Charleston, South Carolina
3) Poster presentation at the 2019 Long Island Sound Research Conference in Port Jefferson, New York
4) Publication: Robinson N., Deguzman K., Bonacci-Sullivan L., DiGiovanni R., Pinou T. 2020. Do rehabilitated sea turtles resume typical migratory behaviors? Satellite tracking juvenile
loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley turtles in the northeastern USA. Endangered Species Research 43: 133-143, DOI.org/10.3354/esr01065.
Where is Kayla now? Kayla is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Integrated Biological Diversity Program at Western Connecticut State University.
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Student Name: JACOB BETHIN
University and Major: Western Connecticut State University, Biology – Ecological Sciences, Class of 2021
Mentor Name: Dr. Neeta Pardanani Connally
SURF Year: 2019
Project: Investigating the role of songbirds as hosts for the exotic Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, in the eastern US.  The project was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Holly Gaff at Old Dominion University in Virginia) and Dr. Chad Seewagen at Great Hollow Nature Preserve (Connecticut).
Project Outcomes:
1) Presented at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting [virtual] in 2020
2) Imaged a female Asian longhorned tick, which was featured in the following publication: Schappach B.L., Krell R.K., Hornbostel V.L., Connally N. P. 2020. Exotic Haemaphysalis longicornis (Acari: Ixodidae) in the United States: Biology, Ecology, and Strategies for Management. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 11: 1-11. DOI.org/10.1093/jipm/pmaa019
Where is Jacob now? Jacob is finishing his degree at Western Connecticut State University and plans to pursue degrees in Entomology and German

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