Fall 2019

Hayden Bock
Cover crop treatments in Noiret vineyards impact soil nutrient availability
Faculty Adviser: David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Lindsey Bright
Pulsed Ultraviolet Light for the Decontamination of Fertile Eggs
Faculty Adviser: Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Caini Chen
Development of a CS/CMC/sunflower oil coating for fruits and vegetables to extent shelf-life
Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Catchmark
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Elijah DePaulis
Environmental Conditions Created by a Shrub Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.) Invasion in a Central Pennsylvania Wetland
Faculty Adviser: Carrie O'Brien
Department: Wildlife Technology - Dubois

Chris Deptulski
Empowering Citizen Scientists to Reduce Sources of Emerging Contaminants
Faculty Adviser: Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Laine Hackenberg
Pathogenicity Tests of Pseudomonas spp. On Pak Choi
Faculty Adviser: Carolee Bull
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Katrina Heckman
The effect of raiser experience on service puppy behavioral problems
Faculty Adviser: Nancy Dreschel
Department: Animal Science

Sadie Hubler
Defining the Impacts of P. tenuis on Wild Elk
Faculty Adviser: Justin Brown
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Marali Kalra
Modifying Intensity-Duration Frequency Curves for designing climate change resilient stormwater systems
Faculty Adviser: Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Amy Kovaleski
The role of Trichoderma-associated metabolites on aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus
Faculty Adviser: Seogchan Kang
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Crosley Kudla-Williams
Effects of Commercial Compounds on Plant Resistance to Drought and Pathogen Stress in Tomato ("Solanum lycopersicum")
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Powen Pai
The Incidence and Effect of Grapevine Leafroll Associated Viruses (GLRaVs) in Pennsylvania vineyard
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Gabriella Pinto
Characterization of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Indicators from Recycled Waste Water at Penn State University Park Campus
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Katherine Reese
Modeling the temporal and spatial variation of oviposition site selection for pond-breeding amphibians
Faculty Adviser: David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1a Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jessica Rodriguez
Profiling Anti-inflammatory Metabolites Produced by Probiotics Grown in MRS Broth and RUM Media
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Matthew Soffera
Fate and Transport of PFAS at the Living Filter
Faculty Adviser: Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Luke Trimble
The Effects of Agaricus blazei Feeding in Broiler Chickens
Faculty Adviser: Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Stephen Worrell
IRE1a mediation of UVB induced ER stress response
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fujunzhu Zhao
Galactomyces-Listeria Interaction: Influence of Listeria Growth from the Apple Facility Environment
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Summer 2019

Aditi Ayra
Regeneration of BioSorbents for Oil Water Contamination
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Siena Baker
Economic Partnerships between Cell Ag Producers and Conventional Livestock Supply Chains
Faculty Adviser: Robert Chiles
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Julia Hamilton
Assessment of the effects of a combination of intrauterine dextrose infusion and oral administration of acetylsalicylic acid on metritis cure rate, daily milk yield, daily rumination, metabolic stress and reproductive performance in post-partum dairy cows diagnosed with metritis
Faculty Adviser: Adrian Barragan
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jiamu He
Development of a manufactoring process for producing compostable polysaccharide
Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Catchmark
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Katrina Heckman
The effect of raiser experience on service puppy behavioral problems
Faculty Adviser: Nancy Dreschel
Department: Animal Science

Maria Iglesias
Evaluating water quality performance of a constructed stormwater wetland in State College Borough
Faculty Adviser: Lauren McPhillips
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Matt Kello
Insect declines through the eyes of a toad
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Patricia Kline
The effects of Microwave Treatment on Torrefied Switchgrass for Potential Ethanol Production
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Jeremy Rigali
Effect of Short Chain Fatty Acid Supplementation on Lactation of Mice
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1α Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Aaron Wiedemer
Examination of volatiles in cultivars of Theobroma cacao
Faculty Adviser: Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Samuel Ziegler
Alcohol Content and Hopping Protocol as Mediators of Hop Extractability and Sensory Impact
Faculty Adviser: Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Spring 2019

Eli Baker
Evaluating a Novel Environmental Control System for Maintaining Precise Levels of Ammonia for Animal Health Research
Faculty Adviser: Eileen Fabian
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Emma Barber
Development Interventions and Female Empowerment in Northern Tanzania
Faculty Adviser: Brian Theide
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Hayden Bock
Effects of root morphology and mycorrhizae types for tree species on soil nutrient properties
Faculty Adviser: David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Chloe Boughton
How nonprofit and for-profit organizations identify and manage their social responsibility
Faculty Adviser: Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Shoshana Brody
Determining the relationship between trans-10 fatty acid intermediates and milk fat percentage in Jersey cows
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Wendy Davis
Using Age Ratios of Native Songbirds to Estimate Productivity and Recruitment Rates
Faculty Adviser: Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Garrett Evans
Evaluating adaptation to climate in Acer rubrum populations to understand responses to climate change
Faculty Adviser: Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jingzhang Feng
Ability of Bacillus cubtilis in peat microbiome to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Amanda Grube
The Short Term Effect of Trichoderma Volatile Compounds from Biological Controls on the Growth of Bradyrhizobium japonicum in Soybean Roots
Faculty Adviser: Paul Esker
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Ashley Heimann
The Effect of Floral Compound Exposure on Persistence and Infectivity of Deformed Wing Virus
Faculty Adviser: Heather Hines
Department: Entomology

Kelly Hinerman
Quantifying the effects of invading Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans): A Global Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Abigail Jamison
Evaluating interactions between adaptation to climate and competition in Juglans nigra populations
Faculty Adviser: Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Benjamen Kline
Generalized joint attribute modeling of fish communities in three freshwater environments
Faculty Adviser: Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Anastasiya Kowal
Vineyard Floor Management Practices and Perceptions
Faculty Adviser: Michela Centinari
Department: Plant Science

Laura Lutes
Characterization of nitrogen release functions of slow release fertilizer at different moisture contents
Faculty Adviser: Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Drew May
Growth rate and hyper-pyoverdine production in mutant strains of a plant pathogenic bacterium
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Powen Pai
Biostimulants for management of Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) under drought stress
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

William Puderbaugh
Comparison of Bowfin (Amia calva) diets in lake and stream habitats
Faculty Adviser: Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Madison Rios
How Non-Farmers Became Farmers
Faculty Adviser: Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1a Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jessica Rodriguez
Characterizing Cytotoxicity and Inflammation in Silica-induced, RAW264.7 Macrophages In-vitro
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Dylan Schoemaker
Studying Primary Root Anatomy in the Wisconsin Diversity Panel
Faculty Adviser: Kathleen Brown
Department: Plant Science

Haley Stauffer
An Exploration in the Cation Chelation Capability of Lignin
Faculty Adviser: Tom Richard
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Fall 2018

Kelly Beck
Invasive Species Management: Viable Options for Comprehensive Management
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Katherine Zipp
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Mary DeFeo
In Vitro True Digestibility of barley types using the DAISYII Incubator
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Tara Felix
Department: Animal Science

Cullen Dixon
Identification of Sorghum Flavonoid(s) for Aphidicidal
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Jacob Ginn
Analysis of Market Research and Projective Mapping to Determine Drivers of RTD Green Tea Consumption in the U.S.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Benjamen Kline
Modeling the distributional shifts of freshwater fish species in Minnesota lakes in response to climate change
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Emily Lipp
Culturing Lactobacillus reuteri and Bifidobacterium infantis in Fermented Milk in Purified Mouse Diet
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Laura Lutes
Effect of Different Slow Release Fertilizers on Water Quality
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Andrew May
Genetic Mutations as the Cause of Bacteriocin Resistance in Pseudomonas syringae
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Emma Mills
Comparative genomic analysis of Campylobacter isolates from outbreak and sporadic cases in Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Claudia Mosher
The Significance of Delayed Zinc and Successful Fertilization within Mice Oocytes
Faculty Adviser: Francisco Diaz
Department: Animal Science

Richard Novak
Panamanian Bishop Population Genetics
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Michael Potts
Effects of Nighttime Ozone Treatments on Sensitive and Resistant Snap Bean Plants
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Dennis Decoteau
Department: Plant Science

Andrew Ross
Digitization of Holotype Specimens of Undescribed Mbuna Cichlids
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jay Stauffer, Jr.
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Laura Saleh
Monitoring Pharmaceuticals at Penn State's Living Filter
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dylan Schoemaker
Studying Primary Root Anatomy in the Wisconsin Diversity Panel
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kathleen Brown
Department: Plant Science

Xiaoxuan Shi
Ability of Listeria monocytogenes from apple packing facilities to form persister cells
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Samantha Strong
Effect of androgen on trophoblast function
Faculty Adviser: Francisco Diaz
Department: Animal Science

Rachael Wittmer
Optimization of DNA extraction methods from fecal pellets for gut microbiome analysis in an animal model of lupus
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Summer 2018

Michael Burns
Apple Detection using Computer Vision and Autonomous Vehicles
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daeun Dana Choi
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Brigette Cannata
Role of Lin28b in Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jennifer Desplat
Sorption of thermally treated miscanthus for remediation of oil contaminated water
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Krista Grennan
Determining the Role of HMGA2 in Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Andrew May
Confirmation of Genetic Mutations as the Cause of Bacteriocin Resistance in Pseudomonas syringae and their Effect on Plant Epiphytic Fitness
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium species in the indoor environment (completing Phase III)
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Kurtis Miller
Probiotics to Decrease the Severity of Necrotic Enteritis in Broilers
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Gino Lorenzoni
Department: Animal Science

Peter Savchik
Effects of Torrefied Biomass on Nitrate Removal in a Wood Chip Denitrifying Bioreactor
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Anna Schmidt
Techniques of Milk Preservation for Fatty Acid Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Jamie Weikel
Managing Landscapes: A Study of Emerging Soil Contaminants at Penn State's Spray-Irrigation Site
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Spring 2018

Destini Acosta
Characterizing the diel cycle of stress hormones in a terrestrial salamander
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jacob Cramer
A Study of the Effects of Low-Intensity Noise Pollution on Songbird Nest Site Selection
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Marielle Donohue
Can PA Consumers Detect Wine Regionality: An Analysis of Consumer Preferences and Flavor Identification in Regional Pennsylvania Riesling Wines
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Kiersten Fullem
Evaluation of the contribution of bacteriocins to horizontal genetic exchange in Pseudomonas syringae
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Hunter Kauffman
Effects of shale compressor noise on nesting songbird body condition and age
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Margo Keller
Immune Response and Pathogenicity of Zika Virus in Chickens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Benjamen Kline
Resource use by brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a thermally complex environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Sarah Koay
Evaluation of infrared treatment for reduction of microbial loads on cocoa beans
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Caitlin Luyster
Validation of cocoa roasting for reduction of Salmonella
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Maureen Mailander
Bioinformatic Analysis of a Switchgrass Association Mapping Population's Soil Microbiome
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Andrew May
Confirmation of Genetic Mutations as the Cause of Bacteriocin Resistance in Pseudomonas Syringae
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Olivia Mroczko
Determination of Antibiotic Resistant Genes in Agricultural Runoff
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Richard Novak
Panamian Bishop Population Genetics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Stephen Worrell
Investigation of IRE1a Dependent, IL-1B Driven Recruitment of Myeloid Cells Following UV-B Irradiation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fall 2017

Alec Baker
Timing and Impact of Habitat Type on Black Bear (Ursus americanus) Corn Crop Damage
Faculty Advisor: Ms. Keely Roen
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Ryan Barnes
Atrazine Sampling Blitz Acros the Susquehanna River Basin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agriculture and Biological Engineering

Danielle Bear
Predator-Induced Effects on Fecal Composition of Deer Influences Plant Composition and Growth
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Kaitlyn Cassel
The identification of 2,8-Quinolinediol as a novel agonist of the human aryl hydrocarbon receptor
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Perdew
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Matthew Coleman
Stormwater Modeling of Low Impact Development Practices on Campus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cibin Raj
Department: Agriculture and Biological Engineering

Andrew Cotter
The Effects of Storage Temperature and Roast Level on the Sensory and Chemical Properties of Whole Bean Coffee
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Helen Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Arianna Ferguson
Naturalized Feed Stuffs for Heirloom Turkeys
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Ryan Ford
Evaluation of Experimental Hybrids of Tomato with Late Blight Resistance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Majid R. Foolad
Department: Plant Science

Taylor Hill
Design of Community/Residential Gardens for Medicinal/Nutritional Purposes
Faculty Advisor: Mr. Martin McGann
Department: Plant Science

Christine Kosiewicz
Incorporation of a Crude Avocado Seed Extract (Acetogenin) into Pullulan Films
to Improve the Shelf Life and Quality of Fresh and Further Processed Meat and Poultry Products

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine N. Cutter
Department: Food Science

William Lieb
Investigating Enhanced Cognitive Performance in Migratory Birds
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Science

Maureen Mailander
Analysis of Switchgrass Association Mapping Population's Soil Microbiome
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Plant Science

Sydney A. Majowicz
Investigation of Commensal Escherichia coli Interaction with E. coli O157:H7
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edward Dudley
Department: Food Science

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium in the Indoor Environment (Phase III)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Molly Claire Pash
Effects of Topography on Soil Moisture and Belowground Carbon Processes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Graham M. Schuman
The Effects of Sound Disturbance on the Foraging Habits of Flying Squirrels
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Zach Schumber
Phenotypic Plasticity of the Optic Nerve in Mexican Cave Tetra
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer, Jr.
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Talia Seymore
The Effects of Processing on the Inhibitory Efficacy of Cocoa Powder Against Digestive Enzymes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Kelsey Shampoe
Effects of barley variety on in situ ruminal disappearance in Holstein and Angus cattle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tara Felix
Department: Animal Science

Rebeka Strouse
Growing Cut Flowers in a Hydroponic System with Four Light Sources
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Janelle Thompson
Development of fluorescent tagged plant pathogenic fungi to study plant-fungal interactions in maize and sorghum
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Summer 2017

Jacob Bailey
Mechanisms of Gamma Delta T-cell Activation by Skin Tumor Cells
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Grace Billy
Soil Moisture Dynamics across an Agricultural Landscape as Revealed by Repeated Electromagnetic Induction Surveys
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Lin
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jessica Booher
Researching wood turtles in Stone Valley central Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Ahja Brown
Examining the Queen's Role in Regulating Caste Determination in Bumblebees
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Etya Amsalem
Department: Entomology

Rosalind Cowan
Barriers and Opportunities for Agricultural Work-based Learning in Tasmania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Miller-Foster
Department: Office of International Programs

Denver Greenawalt
Analysis of Heterakis Species in Multiple Wild and Domestic Avian Hosts
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eva Wallner-Pendleton
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Jennifer Le Halterman
Agrobacterium-mediated miRNA overexpression in melon cultivar honey dew
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

Amelia Hare
The role of Gab2 in mediating the development of chronic CNS inflammation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Hankey-Giblin
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Jonathan Kearney
Feasibility of Artificial Mounds for Wood Turtles at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Chandlar Kern
Characterized DNA Markers in Two Beef Farms
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wangsheng Liu
Department: Animal Science

Jessica Laird
Moonlight movements: The effect of moon phase on deer movement
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Duane Diefenbach
Department: Ecosystem and Science Management

Alison Liu
PPARα activation promotes Recovery from anemia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Lindsay Martin
Identification of the effects of Se and Vitamin E deficiency on the incidence of Coccidiosis and concurrent Bovine Viral Diarrhea infections
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Brooks
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium species in the indoor environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Management

Julia Murray
Evaluating the Effects of Shale Gas Compressor Noise on Forest Songbird Reproductive Success
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Melanie Nowin
Quantification of Emerging Contaminant Effects of Wastewater Irrigation Activities Through Penn State's Living Filter on Water Quality for Humans and Amphibians
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Skylure Templeton
Invasive Species in Central Pennsylvania: Increasing Awareness and Action on Privately-Held Lands
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allyson Brownlee Muth
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Amy Townsend
Role of RNA-binding proteins in Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Alexa Wilhelm
Strengthening the Student Farm at Penn State: Member Perspectives
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ted Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Spring 2017

Grace Billy
Use of electromagnetic induction to measure soil moisture dynamics across an ag landscape
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Lin
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Izaiah Bokuniwicz
The success of leafy greens in sustainable indoor systems for Penn State Dining Commons
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Kaitlyn Cassel
Broccoli-mediates attenuation of chemically induced colitis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Perdew
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Lauren Cherry
Seasonal variation in anti-predator behaviors of white-tailed deer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Elena Marie Christian
SELEX determined consensus sequences of PtxR in Erwinia Amylovora
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy McNellis
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Matthew Coleman
Mathematical modeling of storm water management practices at Penn State University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Rosalind Cowan
Barriers and opportunities for agricultural work-based learning in Tasmania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Miller Foster
Department: International Programs

George Dietrich
The impact of the #TeachAgChat community of practice on Twitter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Cullen Dixon
Testing the role of sorghum 3-deoxyanthocyanidin phytoalexins as potential biopesticides in combating foliar diseases in Zea mays
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Emily Donahue
Effects of weather conditions and date on abundance and diversity of birds banded at the Arboretum at PSU
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Ryan Ford
Development of experimental hybrids of tomato with late blight resistance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Majid Foolad
Department: Plant Science

Clayton Frey
Quantifying fine-scale habitat use of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a thermally diverse environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Miranda Fuchs
The effects of anthropogenic noise upon foraging birds
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jennifer Le Halterman
RNAi-mediated cotton-melon aphid control
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

Daniel Han
Investigating the relationship between ER stress, IRE1α induction, and Ras effector pathways
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Margo Renee Keller
Alveolar macrophage response to H1N1 and H5N2 influenza virus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Derek McKee
Farmers' decisions regarding maize diversity in the western Guatemalan highlands
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dan Tobin
Department: International Programs

Sarah McTish
Assessing the influence of neonicotinoid seed treatments on predation by ground beetles
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Tooker
Department: Entomology

Kurtis Miller
The effects of dietary nutrients in managing moisture content for litter in broiler chickens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium species in the indoor environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Suzanne Normile
Links between animal agriculture and climate change
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Chiles
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Alisha Pushinsky
The significance of predictability for learning and memory in zebrafish
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Victoria Braithwaite
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Katelyn Schiffer
Sorbent properites of biomass
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Clarisse Solis
Generational fitness consequence comparisons of Aedes Aegypti fed on human blood vs. Galleria Mellonella
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Read
Department: Entomology

Katie Sondericker
Genetic analysis of behavior in robotic milking systems
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Dechow
Department: Animal Science

Alexandra Sorce
Food access in the McKees Rocks
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Rebeka Strouse
Growing Romaine lettuce in a hydroponic system with four different light sources
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Krystle Swartz
Microsatellite marker development for buffalo nut (Pyrularia pubera) and assessing genetic diversity in declining PA populations
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Christopher Valdez
Effects of variable soil properties on surface water runoff at Penn State's living filter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Fall 2016

Jordan Nechita
Polymer invention commercialization
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Gagnon
Department: Agricultural Education, Sociology, and Education

Jacqueline Idun
Y chromosome lineages in Jersey and other diary cattle in North America
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wansheng Liu
Department: Animal Science

Daniel Vogel
Retroactive examination of chironomidae on Elk Creek
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Joseph Whitehead
Association of water birds and water quality in central Pennsylvania 4th order streams
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Duncan Ackerman
Essential skills and knowledge for effective corporate responsibility; key informant interviews with practitioners
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Chad Coakley
Foreign invader effect on intra-colony movement and behavior of C. pennsylvanicus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Scott Baker
Effect of roasting on inhibitory activity of cocoa against pancreatic lipase in vitro
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Amelia Hare
Colony response to the removal of cadaver carrying ants
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Natalie Keller
Antimicrobial effects of lecithin and eugenol on L. monocytogenes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edward Dudley
Department: Food Science

Andrew May
Molecular characterization of tomato spotted wilt virus isolates
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Eric Zawatski
Breeding ecology of Blackpoll Warblers
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem and Science Managment

Carli Dinsmore
Statistical analysis and modeling of spotted salamander growth in vernal pool communities
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Cody Stubbs
Integrating insects into western diets: A review of the current attitudes, motivations, and sensory preferences regarding insect-containing products
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alyssa Bakke
Department: Food Science

Kayla Barkley
Effect of ergothioniene in mushrooms on protein oxidation in ground beef patties
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edward Mills
Department: Animal Science

Jacob Romeiser
Beauveria bassiana biopesticide germination and bed bug mortality on tapes and adhesive-bound textiles
Faculty Advisor: Nina Jenkins
Department: Entomology

Daniel Leavy
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in municipal water supplies from reservoir and riverine sources
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Devon Carroll
Influence of temperature on germination of Agrostis cultivars
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Kaminski
Department: Plant Science

Thomas Pastor
Enhancement of probiotic survivability in pullulan by addition of trehalose
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Cutter
Department: Food Science

Jacob Bailey
Exploring the roles of ʏō T-cells in benign and malignant squamous tumors
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alexandra Kukorowski
Effect of high oleic soybean oil on omega-3 metabolism in the liver of laying hens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Lauren Cherry
Use of auditory predation cues to shift movement and grazing area selection in deer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Nick Mallek
An investigation into PXR mediated NAFLD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Patterson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Rachel Reineke
Identifying and investigation the circadian rhythms in MAC-T bovine mammary epithelial cells and HC-11 mouse mammary epithelial cells entrained by serum shock and dexamethasone
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Syed Masood
Analysis of stress erythropoiesis using the hybrid diversity panel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Joshua Rittenhouse
Assessing the links between SILVAH-Oak usage and mixed oak regeneration success in state forests
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Summer 2016

Jennifer Swonger
Determine if DGAT1 genotype interacts with diet-induced milkfat depression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Alison Liu
Role of PPAR-alpha in stress erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Maxwell Peterson
Overseeding warm-season annuals into cool season perennial pastures to extend the grazing season in Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Williamson
Department: Plant Science

Abby London
Role of thyroid hormone in stress erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Carli Dinsmore
Larval Amphibian Growth Monitoring
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Nicole Hume
Influence of the gut microbiota on inflammation-promoting ceramide synthesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Patterson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Krista Grennan
Evaluating intra- and inter-colony transmission of Beauveria bassiana in Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Spring 2016

Benjamin Fowler
Evaluating the biodiversity of Ophiocordyceps camponoti-atricipis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Lindsay Hilburger
Using a mouse model to determine the genes involved in Bordetella transmission
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Harvill
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

David Smilnak
Ongoing monitoring of Penn State's living filter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Cody Stubbs
The bitter-masking effects of salt and sugar on various vegetable preparations
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alyssa Chilton
Department: Food Science

Lianna Johnson
Genome-wide genetic marker discovery and linkage map construction in green ash
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Alexander Storm
Enhancement of oak regeneration in mixed oak forests: interactions between ecological and shelterwood treatment characteristics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Lianna Wodzicki
How does auxin signaling affect Vat mediated aphid resistance?
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

Zachary Klueber
Spatial and temporal variations in soil hydrologic functions in Penn State's living filter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Caitlyn Flynn
Sustainability of Pocono Raceway: fan engagement with green initiaitves
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Judd Michael
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Leah Mothersbaugh
Revitalization in rural America: Analyzing the role of arts in development
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Theodore Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Samuel Watson
Survey of mold and mycotoxins isolated and identified from produce purchased at farmers' market and grocery stores
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Cutter
Department: Food Science

Hunter Swisher
Exploring the potential interaction of Morchella esculenta with Ulmus americana
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Lauren Barlow
Vegetative and riparian buffers for environmental stewardship and renewable fuels on poultry farms
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Alex Stanish
Effects of anthocyanins and their metabolites on gut bacteria and colonic inflammation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lavanya Reddivari
Department: Plant Science

Elizabeth Palmer
Characterizing odd branched chain fatty acids
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Michelle Hartzell
IDO-AhR pathway in dairy cattle pregnancy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Troy Ott
Department: Animal Science