Sigma Xi 2016 Student Research Showcase

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Matthew PintarFunctionality of the spotted salamander egg mass polymorphism
Matthew Pintar, University of Mississippi

Based on the observation that the proportion of white egg masses in ponds across its range correlated with dissolved nutrient levels, I hypothesize that the white morph is adapted to ponds with low nutrient levels.

Sabrina HeiserDeclines in Phytoplankton Abundance in the South of the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) - A Response to Climate Change?
Sabrina Heiser, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Two decades of physical oceanographic data, fast ice records and phytoplankton quantity on the Western Antarctic Peninsula provide an insight into climate changes that have already taken place.