The Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s 2017 Annual Conference was attended by over 140 chapter members, speakers, and guests, assisted by student volunteers from Stockton University. There were 24 oral and 47 poster presentations, as well as the plenary and evening panel speakers. The Friday evening moth watch was attended by a handful of hardy souls, as was the Sunday field trip to Stockton’s Forest Management and Restoration Area.
STUDENT PRESENTATION AWARDS
1st Graduate Student Oral: Nicholas Buss, Binghamton University Wood frog susceptibility to a common parasite is modified by road salt and predators
1st Graduate Student Poster: Miranda Figueras, Hofstra University Consumption and Assimilation Patterns of the Eastern Box Turtle, Diet Generalists
1st Undergraduate Student Oral: Madalyn Slook, Kutztown University/University of Virginia Bringing Metal to a Slugfest: How Nickel Alters Plant Defenses Against Herbivory.
1st Undergraduate Student Poster: Evan Perkowski, Widener University Effects of fungal endophytes on pepper plant (Capsicum annuum) seedling growth
2nd Graduate Student Oral: Allyson Salisbury, Rutgers University An update on a multi-decade study of tree growth in structural soils.
2nd Graduate Student Poster: Matthew Lundquist, Binghamton University Allochthonous and autochthonous energy sources in urban streams in a medium-sized city
2nd Undergraduate Student Oral: Emily Sarver, Shippensburg University Effect of an invasive plant species, Ficaria verna, on a native woodland species, Mertensia virginica, in a floodplain forest in Southcentral Pennsylvania.
2nd Undergraduate Student Poster: Jennifer Urmston, Monmouth University The short and long-term effects of weather and climate variables on the growth of Pinus rigida in New Jersey maritime forests
Honorable Mention Graduate Student Oral: Sarah Kropf, Shippensburg University The Effects of Clothianidin, a Neonicotinoid, on Two Amphibian Species (Ambystoma maculatum and Lithobates clamitans).
Honorable Mention Graduate Student Poster: Ian Drake, William Paterson University Endophyte infection status of native and restored populations of Ammophila breviligulata along the New Jersey coast
Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Oral: Brandon Mullen, Shippensburg University The Effects of Forest Change on Leaf Processing in Vernal Pond Ecosystems
Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Poster: Rebecca Klee, Monmouth University Community Succession After Cranberry Bog Abandonment Within the New Jersey Pinelands