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Summer 2009

In summer 2009 we had a total of 10 students in the Biogeochemistry REU. Seven came from across the country and were supported by NSF funds. Three additional students participated from Towson University and were supported by other external funds.

Maria Brown

Western Washington University, Environmental Toxicology major
Mentor: Dr. David Ownby
Project: Combined effects of sodium chloride and copper to the amphibian species Hyla chrysoscelis and Rana clamitans.
Updates: A manuscript of this work is in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Maria is currently working for a commercial laboratory analyzing water and wastewater in Alaska.

Emily Dobbs

Transylvania University, Biology major
Mentor: Dr. Joel Snodgrass
Project: The dependence of salt toxicity on oviposit site selection in the water column for Cope’s gray treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis).
Updates: A manuscript of this work is in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Derek Howard

Messiah College, Biochemistry major
Mentor: Dr. Shannon Stitzel
Project: Investigating the behavior of immobilized spiropyrans
Updates: Derek is currently working for a commercial laboratory performing protein purification.

Kristen Lazzeri

Towson University, Geosciences major
Mentor: Dr. Steven Lev
Project: Assessing the mobility of brake pad derived copper in an urban soil.
Updates: A manuscript of this work is in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Kristen started a masters program in Geology at Lehigh University in Fall 2010.

Lisa Prince

Juniata College, Environmental Science major
Mentor: Dr. Steven Lev
Project: Zinc kinetics in the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris: using zinc isotopes to determine uptake and elimination rates.
Updates: Lisa is currently employed as a conservation assistant at a national park. Lisa is also coauthor on the following publication based on her REU research.
Rodgers, DW, SM Lev, JW Snodgrass, LM Prince, RE Casey. 2010. Development of an enriched stable isotope tracer technique to estimate the soil Zn pool available to Lumbricus terrestris (L.) across a salinization gradient. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Accepted.

Elluz Chong Qui

Towson University, Environmental Science major
Mentor: Dr. Steven Lev
Project: Evaluating the effects of roadway-derived Zinc on the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris in an urban soil.
Updates: Elluz is currently employed in an environmental analytical laboratory.

Victor Roland, II

Tennessee State University, Civil Engineering major
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Casey
Project: Trace metal and phosphorus removal using Imbrium stormwater treatment materials and pervious concrete.
Updates: Victor started a masters program in Environmental Engineering at Tennessee State University in Fall 2010.

Camille Sultana

Harvey Mudd College, Chemistry major
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Casey
Project: The effect of increased trace metal concentration on growth and accumulation within periphyton.
Updates: Camille is starting a 6 month natural products chemistry internship in Panama in Fall 2010.

Nicholas Tomeo

Delaware Valley College, Biology (environmental) major
Mentor: Dr. Joy Watts
Project: Microbial community changes across a stormwater retention pond.
Updates: Nick started a masters program in Biology at St. Joseph’s University in Fall 2010.

Richard Vreeland

Towson University, Chemistry major
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Casey
Project: Impacts of road salt amendment on trace and major element distributions in urban soils.
Updates: A manuscript of this work is in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Richard started a PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Arizona in Fall 2010.

REU Program

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