FACULTY SPONSORS AND PROJECT TOPICS 

Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek 

(jonathan.bossenbroek@utoledo.edu)

  • Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze the distribution of the emerald ash borer (or other invasive species)
  • Investigating community structure of birds and ground dwelling beetles at the Stranahan Arboretum

 

Dr. Tom Bridgeman 

(TBridge@utnet.utoledo.edu)

  • Studying ecology of Lake Erie
  • Studying problems like harmful algal blooms and temporary low oxygen "dead zones" in the lake
  • Gain experience in chemical and biological analysis of lake samples and in operating advanced lake-monitoring instru

Dr. Jiquan Chen 
(jchen4@utnet.utoledo.edu)

  • Global Climate Change; energy, carbon dioxide, and water exchange between forests,  soil, and the atmosphere

Dr. Tim Fisher

(timothy.fisher@utoledo.edu)

  •  Conducting field work to recover sediment cores from  the Midwest, and working in the lab doing analytical work to characterize the sediment properties
  • Research questions could include 1) determining the age of deglaciation at coring sites, 2) determining the isolation age of the site following lowering, 3) analyzing sand % in cores to determine if there is a hidden climate signal within the variations in sand content, and 4) mapping strandlines (beaches) around paleo lake basins from maps, photos and Digital Elevation Model
Dr. Scott Heckathorn 
(sheckat@utnet.utoledo.edu)
  • Studying the effects of global environmental change on plant tolerance to heat waves
  • Studying the effects of environmental factors on algal blooms, stress responses, and use in biofuels

 

Dr. Chris Mayer
(cmayer3@utnet.utoledo.edu)  
  • Studying community and ecosystem ecology in aquatic systems including invertebrate-fish predator-prey interactions, organism habitat modification (ecosystem engineering), spatial-scale of effects, and introduced-species effects
  • Recent projects include: 1) survey of benthic invertebrates in inshore and offshore habitats of Lake Erie 2) the effect of zebra mussels on bottom primary production and growth rates of benthic invertebrates and 3) larval mayfly behavioral choices in response to zebra mussel clusters. 
 
Dr. Daryl Moorhead  
 (daryl.moorhead@utoledo.edu)
  • Projects could include studying decomposition, plant community succession, and invertebrate communities at the Stranahan Arboretum
  • Projects at the Arboretum could be conducted with Dr. Moorhead or with other faculty members

 

Dr. Stacy Philpott
(stacy.philpott@utoledo.edu)  
  • Learning to identify and prepare collections of local and tropical insects
  • Examining biodiversity found in urban and agricultural settings
  • Investigating ecology, conservation, and trophic interactions of insects in coffee agroecosystems in Mexico

 

Dr. Von Sigler
(vsigler@utnet.uoledo.edu)  
  • Examining fate and transport of antibiotic resistant pathogens following biosolids application to agricultural fields  
  • Detection, host classification and transmission of environmental Staphylococcus aureus
  • The identification of the geographic origin of E. coli impacting Lake Erie Beach

 

Dr. Alison Spongberg
(aspongb@utnet.utoledo.edu)  
  • Principal Investigator for the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU)  
  • Analyzing heavy metal contents in soils from contaminated sites
  • Evaluating pharmaceutical drug and personal care product contamination in agricultural soils
  • Determining changes in soil properties with time

 

Dr. Carol Stepien
(carol.stepien@utoledo.edu)
  • Using molecular genetic tools to trace the population origins of invasive species in the Great Lakes
  • Conservation genetics of native fishes in the Great Lakes

 

Dr. Mike Weintraub
(mweintr@utnet.utoledo.edu)
 
  • Working on a variety of different research projects aimed at understanding plant/soil interactions and the microbial controls on decomposition and nutrient cycling in soils