Notable Faculty & Student Achievements
Based on a pedagogical collaboration with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation within the American Museum of Natural History, contributions made by Professor of Biology Romi Burks and several colleagues have been compiled and published in Lessons in Conservation: Volume VIII,a special “Student Learning” issue of the online journal. These materials are freely available to other instructors.
- Sterling, E.J, R.L. Burks, J. Linder, T. Langen, D.S. Fernandez, D. Ruby, and N. Bynum. 2018. Why is biodiversity important? An oral communication exercise. Lessons in Conservation 8:10–12. Available from http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/resources-and-publications/lessons-in-conservation/lessons-in-conservation-volume-viii
- Sterling, E.J, R.L. Burks, J. Linder, T. Langen, D.S. Fernandez, D. Ruby, and N. Bynum. 2018. Selecting areas for conservation: an oral communication exercise. Lessons in Conservation 8:13–16. Available from http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/resources-and-publications/lessons-in-conservation/lessons-in-conservation-volume-viiI
- Sterling, E.J, R.L. Burks, J. Linder, T. Langen, D.S. Fernandez, D. Ruby, N. Bynum, A. Bravo, and A.L. Porzecanski. 2018. Sharpen your oral communication skills! Lessons in Conservation 8:17–20. Available from http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/resources-and-publications/lessons-in-conservation/lessons-in-conservation-volume-viii
Professor of Biology and Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair Ben Pierce gave an invited seminar on his research titled “Evolution and Ecology of the Georgetown salamander” to biology students and faculty at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 8, 2017.
Professor of Biology Romi Burks attended the Ecological Society of America meetings in Portland, Ore., with three of her research students, Carissa Bishop ’17, Madison Granier, class of 2019, and Sophia Campos ’16, Aug. 6–11. All three presented their own research posters at this national meeting attended by over 4,000 ecologists. Bishop shared her experience mentoring her peers in an Invertebrate Ecology lab taught by Burks. Her poster “Turning an RA into a TA: Case study in utilizing undergraduate research expertise to improve a molecular ecology course undergraduate research experience” evaluated a module made possible by funds from the Keck Foundation. Granier presented her poster titled “Snail Slime in Real Time: qPCR Detection of Environmental DNA from Apple Snails” which includes a collaboration with SU alumni Dr. Matthew Barnes ’06. This project extends her SCOPE research from the summer of 2016. Campos added the final samples to her analysis and presented a poster titled “Cryptic Yet Curiously Common: Population genetic structure and diversity of a cryptic Pomacea sp. and its better known congeneric P. canaliculata.” Co-authors include Dr. Ken Hayes from Howard University and Cristhian M. Blavijo and Fabrizio Scarabino from Uruguay.