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Research Archives


BIO 425, 426, and 427 form a three-semester sequence of courses required to fulfill the research component for graduation as a Biology major. The first semester begins with an introduction to the skills required throughout the research. Proposals for the following semesters of research are developed and submitted. During the second semester, students work to complete the research outlined in their proposals. The final semester consists of presentation of the results as a publishable manuscript, a poster, and as an oral presentation. The equipment page gives a full list of equipment available for use in student research. As of Spring 2010, BIO 415 is now offered to students (with advisor approval) who prefer a different research route. This one-semester research course covers the development of research projects in groups, culminating in a poster as the presentation component.

To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty members, please visit their webpages.

Student Research Archives

*Project Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant

Occurrence and variance of external parasites on raptor species

Student: Adrian Cain

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2012

Purification and function of periplasmic green fluorescent protein secreted through the SEC-dependent pathway via male pGLO plasmid in Escherichia coli cells

Student: Travis Shutt

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Fall 2012

Effects of feeding frequency, temperature, and varying dietary compositions using common feed ingredients on growth and feed efficiency of pond-raised catfish Ictalurus punctatus

Student: Teala Terrell

Mentor: JR Kerfoot

Date: Fall 2012

Determination of the effects of oral tolerance on allergic rhinitis symptoms in Mus musculus

Student: Ezekiel Kercab

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Fall 2012

Effectiveness of antler shed counts as a method for estimating white-tailed deer abundance

Student: Taylor Maylott

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2012

How do we correct flaws in pitching mechanics?

Student: Jared Davis

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Fall 2012

Scavenger/ predator attraction to gut piles at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Student: Dillon Demaree

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2012

Temperature effect on pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) startle response

Student: John Kartzinel

Mentor: JR Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2012

Acetylcholine blocking effects during odorant perception in mice

Student: Allison Gooch

Mentor: Max Fletcher (UT)

Date: Spring 2012

Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) orientation capabilities in regards to temperature and precipitation

Student: Jordan Hughey

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Spring 2012

Determination of growth regulators in the regeneration of Khaya senegalensis

Student: David Koh

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2012

Effects of scopomine-induced cholinergic blocking on odor acquisition in mice

Student: Beth Lee

Mentor: Max Fletcher (UT)

Date: Spring 2012

Effect of lectins, phosphatidyl ethanolamine, and microtubule disrupter on fusion of plasma cells with myeloma cells

Student: Lauren Maples

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Spring 2012

Feeding habits, gestation periods, and parental interactions of bald eagle and their offspring

Student: Abby Parker

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Spring 2012

Evaluating CP33 habitat buffers for grassland birds

Student: Buckley Parker

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2012

Inhibition of tissue factor pathway of blood coagulation by beta-2 glycoprotein 1

Student: John Poole

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Spring 2012

Micropropagation of Khaya senegalensis

Student: Jordann Staples

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2012

Comparing habitat use of wild turkeys between spring and winter seasons using GIS

Student: Joy Tie

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2012

Zebra grazing preferences and their preventive effects against laminitis

Student: Ginny Warren

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Spring 2012

White tailed deer and predator response to deer scent lures

Student: Erin Wyatt

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2012

Comparing caloric value of acorn seeds in varying red oak species

Student: Nathan Ziegler

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2012

Evaluation of gut piles for attracting scavengers and predators in different habitat types on the Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Student: Josh Jellema

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2012

Comparative anatomy of mammalian ossicles with a particular emphasis on Microtus

Student: Amanda Atkinson

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2011

Geographic distribution of larval Eustrongylides spp. in West Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky

Student: Tyler Boone

Mentor: Marc Lockett and JR Kerfoot

Date: Fall 2011

The effects of mustard and cinnamon on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis

Student: Lauren Collins

Mentor: Cathy Huggins

Date: Fall 2011

Types of dewormers that are most effective for eradicating Strongylus vulgaris from the digestive system of equines

Student: Amanda Ellis

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2011

Measuring the strike velocity and a study of prey acquiring techniques of captive bred Alligator mississippiensis

Student: Micah Fern

Mentor: JR Kerfoot

Date: Fall 2011

The effect of Toxoplasma gondii on the behavior of Lister-hooded rats

Student: Audrey Garneau

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Fall 2011

Comparison of the kinetics of fluid-phase Factor Xa with solid phase Factor Xa

Student: Ryan Gibbons

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Fall 2011

Development of quantitative immunoassays used to determine effectiveness of adjuvants in creating immune response leading to the production of antibodies

Student: Lucas Littleton

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Fall 2011

The effect of immune cytokine IL-17 on atherosclerosis

Student: Kayleigh Mitchell

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Fall 2011

The effects of common household pesticides on the development of the red flour beetle from egg to adult

Student: Carrie Myers

Mentor: Wayne Wofford

Date: Fall 2011

Behavioral interactions of the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianis) at feeding sites on the Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Student: Rebekah Schneider

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Fall 2011

The effect of temperature on feeding kinematics on invasive lionfish Pterosis volitans from Sebastian Inlet Florida

Student: Sarah Williams

Mentor: JR Kerfoot

Date: Fall 2011

Antimicrobial effects of colloidal silver and tea tree oils

Student: Amber Wilsey

Mentor: Cathy Huggins

Date: Fall 2011

The effectiveness of common antiseptic mouth rinses on the inhibition of Streptococcus mutans activity

Student: Micheala Anderson

Mentor: Cathy Huggins

Date: Spring 2011

Energy properties of seeds and food preferences in northern bobwhites during simulated autumn climate

Student: Faris Bakeer

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2011

Comparing animal activity by scent stations: bobcat vs. boar scents

Student: Matthew Beshires

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Spring 2011

Assessment of drying method’s effect on bomb calometric analysis

Student: Ellen Bone

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2011

Development of mouse anti human IL-7Rα hybridoma

Student: Katie Borucki

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Spring 2011

Testing the link between prey availability and phenotypic plasticity in the feeding mechanism of Lepomis microlophus

Student: Aaron Davidson

Mentor: JR Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2011

Ontogenetic scaling of the feeding mechanism of pike killifish (Belonesox belizanus)

Student: Thomas Duncan

Mentor: JR Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2011

Detection of Aspergillus and Candida species in raptor throats using PCR

Student: Laura Finley

Mentor: J. Huggins and M. Mahan

Date: Spring 2011

Effects of CP-33 buffer zones on populations of northern bobwhite and other upland birds

Student: Russ Duck

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2011

Mechanistic analyses of novel compounds that reactivate latent HIV-1 expression

Student: Marci Davis

Mentor: Nicolas Sluis-Cremer (Univ of Pitts)

Date: Spring 2011

Effects of dietary vitamin E and other selected antioxidants on prostate cancer risks among African-Americans

Student: Chace Franks

Mentor: Flora Ukoli (Meharry Coll)

Date: Spring 2011

Intestinal helminths of the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) in Central Alabama and Western Tennessee

Student: Kayla Hauss

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Spring 2011

Identification of gibberellic acid Induced bacteria and fungi in Populus tremula axenic shoot tip cultures

Student: Carrie Moore

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2011

In vitro regeneration of Cedrus libani by means of somatic organogenesis

Student: Lauren Parlow

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2011

Development of a tool to test for novel inhibitors of FXa and thrombin

Student: Carson Rider

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Spring 2011

Identification of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Y. enterocolitica in beavers by LAMP amplification and PCR

Student: Hannah Staggs

Mentor: Carol Weaver

Date: Spring 2011

Title: Effects of Temperature and Precipitation on the Orientation and Summer Movements of Terrapene carolina

Student: Joshua Smith

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2010

Title: Measuring effects of amoxicillin and fosfomycin combination by disk diffusion against Escherichia coli growth

Student: Dexter Rich

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2010

Title: Determination of the effect of bobcat urine on the wildlife populations of West Tennessee by use of scent stations

Student: Grant Luke

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Fall 2010

*Title: The effect of acoustic frequencies on the fluorescence of green fluorescent protein

Student: Kathryn LaMar

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Fall 2010

*Title: Detection of Toxoplasma gondii in West Tennessee waterfowl

Student: Luke Burleson

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Spring 2010

Title: Does Ginkgo biloba increase cognitive function and memory in laboratory mice?

Student: Cameron Humble

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2010

Title: Morphological variation in native and introduced populations of pike killifish, Belonesox belizanus

Student: Jonathan Love

Mentor: J. R. Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2010

Title: Site-directed mutagenesis of the green fluorescent protein to restore florescence to GFP transported into the periplasmic space of Escherichia coli

Student: Brandon Lowe

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2010

Title: Inhibition of Serratia marcescens and Staphylococcus epidermidis by essential oils of cumin and clove

Student: Lauren Medforth

Mentor: Carol Weaver

Date: Spring 2010

Title: Absorption of zinc and lead in Barassicacaea: for management of heavy metal contaminated soils

Student: Augusta Paffrath

Mentor: Wayne Wofford

Date: Spring 2010

Title: Effects of ascorbic acid on metabolic rate and glutathione liver tissue content in Mus musculus

Student: Danielle Teichen

Mentor: Wayne Wofford

Date: Spring 2010

Title: The effects of tartrazine and allura red AC on hyperactivity in Drosophila melanogaster

Student: Candice Thompson

Mentor: Wayne Wofford

Date: Spring 2010

*Title: Effects of Momodica charantia and cinnamon extract on blood glucose levels and weight in mice

Student: Nathan Chatham

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Fall 2009

*Title: Comparison of fetal bovine serum and FetalClone® III on growth of BV-2 cells in culture

Student: Jesse Daigle

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Fall 2009

Title: Soil testing for anti-microbial agents against the gram-negative bacteria: Escherichia coli and the gram-positive bacteria: Micrococcus luteus

Student: Tristan Fowler

Mentor: Elsie Smith

Date: Fall 2009

Title: The antimicrobial properties of natural honey, clove oil, and ginger oil on the growth of Staphylococcus epidermidis

Student: Sara Greenlee

Mentor: Carol Weaver

Date: Fall 2009

*Title: Mortality rates and home orientation of the eastern box turtle following relocation from natal home range

Student: John Hawley

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Fall 2009

Title: Turkey distribution at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Student: Caroline Hughey

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Fall 2009

Title: Habitat preference of eastern wild turkey population of the Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Student: Whitney Jones

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Fall 2009

*Title: Detection of Francisella tularensis in the western Tennessee American Beaver population

Student: David Tosh

Mentor: Carol Weaver

Date: Fall 2009

Title: An examination of Malathion resistance in the red flour beetle (Tribolium casteneum)

Student: Kayli Anthony

Mentor: Dr. Wayne Wofford

Date: Spring 2009

*Title: Intestinal helminths of the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in western Kentucky and western Tennessee

Student: Brian Bodnarchuk

Mentor: Dr. Marc Lockett

Date: Spring 2009

*Title: The determination of the response of western Tennessee wildlife populations to the scent of cougar urine by the use of scent stations

Student: Daniel Cathey

Mentor: Dr. Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2009

*Title: An investigation into the effects of creatine monohydrate supplementation on body weight and liver function in rats

Student: Will Hayden

Mentor: Dr. Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2009

*Title: Assessment of the effects of the thrombin recognition sequence into the green fluorescent protein

Student: Hannah Henson

Mentor: Dr. Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2009

Title: Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopovo) assessment at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant in Spring 2008

Student: Robert Jacks

Mentor: Dr. Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2009

*Title: Development of a tool to test for anticoagulant capabilities against FXa

Student: Dustin Mayfield

Mentor: Dr. Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2009

Title: Plant pectin as an alternative source of arabinose for GFP production in Escherichia coli via Erwinia chrysanthemi pectinase

Student: Missy Ratliff

Mentor: Dr. Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2009

*Title: Effectiveness of periplasmic signal sequences on green fluorescent protein secretion in Escherichia coli

Student: Tsegayesus Temtem

Mentor: Dr. Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2009

Title: Evaluation of four plant growth regulators in cotton on effectiveness and yield

Student: Allen Williams

Mentor: Dr. Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2009

Title: SNP screening reveals two possible asthma-causing genes in rural Iowa children

Student: Katy Williams

Mentor: Keegan Kelsey and Dr. Jeff Murray at the University of Iowa in Iowa City

Date: Fall 2008

Title: Comparison of Salmonella contamination between fresh and frozen store-bought samples of turkey

Student: Caitlin Zimmerman

Mentor: Elsie Smith

Date: Fall 2008

Title: The production of secretin-gly in Escherichia coli.

Student: Callie Bodnarchuk

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2008

Title: Small mammal and herpetofauna inventory on Chickasaw State Park and Forest

Student: Dustin Scott

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2008

Title: Comparison of two fertilizer methods on tomato growth

Student: Edric Gaylor

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2008

Title: Toxicity examinations of codeine versus theobromine in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Student: Hunter Stepp

Mentor: Carol Weaver

Date: Spring 2008

Title: Inhibition of Bacillus cereus, Bacillus megaterium, Micrococcus roseus, and Serratia marcescens by essential oils of peppermint and oregano

Student: Laura Byrd

Mentor: Elsie Smith

Date: Spring 2008

*Title: An examination of quality and quantity of produced eggs of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) on Petamine breeding formula

Student: Morgan Neese

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2008

Title: Analysis of barn owl (Tyto alba) pellets

Student: Phillip Mitchell

Mentor: James Huggins

Date: Spring 2008