Hiram College


Four Hiram College students presented their research at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) March 28-29, 2015, at Indiana University. MEEC is a regional conference that is hosted by a different university or college in the midwest each year. It is organized by graduate students and undergraduates.

Hiram participants included Tricia Bohls ’15, neuroscience and environmental studies major from Macedonia, Ohio; Kailey Cooper ’15, biology major from Rootstown, Ohio; LeAunna Martin ’15, biology major from Akron, Ohio; and Zachary Nemec ’16, biology major from North Royalton, Ohio.

“This conference is a great opportunity for students to meet others in their field and gain perspective on current research conducted by their peers,” said Jennifer Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, who accompanied the students and co-authored the research presented.

The following posters and talks were presented:

  • “Short-term effects of a prescribed burn on butterfly abundance and diversity in a restored northeastern Ohio prairie” by Bohls, co-authored by Dr. Clark — oral presentation
  • “Competitive interactions between native benthic fish, native crayfish, and invasive rusty crayfish” for shelter by Cooper, co-authored by Dr. Clark — oral presentation
  • “Effects of caffeine on earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) survival and growth” by Martin, co-authored by Dr. Clark — poster presentation
  • “Evaluation the decomposition and invertebrate colonization of CPOM in a previously restored headwater stream over a two year period” by Nemec, co-authored by Dr. Clark — oral presentation

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