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Left to right: Cooper, Clark,

Left to right: Kailey Cooper, Jennifer Clark, Jessica Gezymalla, Sara Piccolomini

Three Hiram College students – Sara Piccolomini, Jessica Gezymalla and Kailey Cooper – presented their research at the Ohio Natural History Conference last weekend, along with assistant professor of biology Jennifer Clark.

The conference, hosted by the Ohio Biological Survey, took place Feb. 15, 2014, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. A range of biologists and students from the region attended.

“This conference was a great way for students to meet others in their field and gain perspective on current research conducted in Ohio,” Clark said.

Students presented the following posters:

  • Piccolomini ’14, environmental studies major, presented: “Baseline data collection of abiotic parameters and invertebrate and fish communities prior to restoration efforts of Eagle Creek.” She worked on the project at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station with  Zachary Nemec ’16, and Clark co-authored the paper.
  • Cooper ’15, biology major, presented: “Shelter competition between invasive crayfish, native crayfish and native benthic stream fish,” a project conducted at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station, co-authored by Clark.
  • Gezymalla ’14, biology major, presented: “Histological analysis of reproduction biology of an estuarine jellyfish,” a project she worked on during her summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Rutgers University. The paper is co-authored by Talia Young, Jim Vasslides and Mahealani Kaneshiro-Pineiro.

Travel to this conference was funded by the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation and the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station.

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