Andrew Wolfgang graduated Cum Laude in December 2013 with a degree in Biology. Andrew was a student athlete whom played outside linebacker on the Millersville Marauders Football team. Andrew is still involved in research projects with Millersville University and is currently analyzing data from remote voice recognizers used to survey birds in the field. At the end of this winter, Andrew will be going down to Wallops Island, Virginia to work as an Environmental Educator with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Eventually, Andrew wants to return to grad school to pursue his interests in biological research.
Kellyann (BS in Biology 2013) is finally going to Alaska! Kellyann has been in training since December 2nd with Alaskan Observers Inc. Alaskan Observers Inc. recruits biologists to work as Domestic Groundfish Observers in Alaska. They help the government obtain data necessary to achieve sound management of our nations fisheries. Kellyann’s first deployment will be flying out to Dutch harbor to a pot vessel called the ‘Pavlof’ which is involved in Cod Fishing. Best of luck Kellyann!
Teah Snyder graduated on December 2013 Summa Cum Laude with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. In addition, Teah completed her Undergraduate Senior Thesis entitled “Detection of Human Baiting Activity for White-tailed Deer Using Fecal Analysis’. Teah received both University and Departmental Honors. Teah is currently working with Lancaster Labs as a Chemist testing pharmaceutical products.
The Millersville Conservation Biology Class took a trip to ZooAmerica in Hershey. The purpose of this trip was for students to get a behind the scenes tour of how animals are cared for in captivity and what type of conservation programs Zoos are involved with. In addition, students got to see a few endangered animals up close and discuss these species conservation challenges and success in North America. Big thanks to the ZooAmerica staff. They were very helpful and knowledgeable about their profession.
Matt Zak recently placed 3rd for best paper at the 2013 STEM Undergraduate Research Conference held at Slippery Rock University. Matt’s paper was entitled ‘Uncertainty in Population Estimates for Endangered Animals and Improving the Recovery Process.’ Great job Matt!
Andrew Wolfgang is currently working on two different avian based research projects. The first project involves using avian species as indices of habitat restoration success. Andrew surveyed several stream sites, including a recently restored stream site and model stream sites. Andrew then used his survey results to set up a monitoring protocol to evaluate habitat restoration success between restored streams and model streams. Andrew then quantified his analysis using EstimateS statistical software. EstimateS accounts for survey uncertainty when assessing species richness, community similarity and species diversity. Comparisons made with these statistics are then easily translatable to other survey efforts.
Andrew’s second project involves using the Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter device to remotely record bird calls from the field. Currently, Andrew has been analyzing song recordings using the Wildlife Acoustics Song Scope program to evaluate whether this program can accurately identify bird calls and songs.
Meta Griffin and Tristan Conrad have now moved into the second part of their research project. They have collected all their soil samples and are now drying them for analysis. During the Spring semester, both Meta and Tristan will be testing baited and non-baited soils for specific chemicals to determine if illegal baiting activity can be detected with soil analysis.
On Monday November 11th, the Conservation Biology class at Millersville University visited a new Preserve recently purchased by the Lancaster Conservancy; Camp Snyder. Mike Burcin, CEO and Educational Coordinator with the Conservancy, gave a tour of the area to the Conservation Biology class and discussed current stream restoration efforts being conducted and future projects to be pursued on the Preserve. Mike also discussed how the Conservancy identifies sites to protect and the different management issues that come up when working with the public and local governments with protected areas. Photos by Rebecca McCabe.
On Monday, October 28th, The Millersville Conservation Biology Class participated in trapping and banding of house sparrows on the Millersville campus. The purpose of this study will be to begin a mark/recapture effort of house sparrows on campus to determine their population density and sex ratio.
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Releasing Male House Sparrow
Students Banding House Sparrow