On August 11, 2012, Dr. Brian Witz (Chair, Department of Biology) and Megan Floyd ('12, Environmental Science), attended the World Congress of Herpetology Meeting in Vancouver, BC, to present their research titled, Elisa Immunoassay for Chitinase in the Eastern Fence Lizard, Sceloporus undulatus.
The mission of the World Congress of Herpetology (WCH) is to promote herpetological research, education and conservation, by facilitating communication between individuals, societies and other organisations engaged in the study of amphibians and reptiles.
Michelle Scotland (U '12, Biochemistry) recently shared some good news.
Michelle has been granted acceptance into the University at Buffalo's Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program for fall 2012. Additionally, she has been offered a Presidential Fellowship with this acceptance.
Elaina Bruns (Biology, 09U) recently sent Dr. Witz an update on her summer research plans. Elaina is currently a M.S. candidate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).
This summer she will develop a statistical model to predict river otter latrine site locations in the Finger Lakes region and estimate otter populations using non-invasive latrine surveys. She will survey the undeveloped wetland complexes associated with five Finger Lakes. Latrine sites will be surveyed for dimensions and characteristics including beaver sign, vertical banks, points of land, etc. Elaina will estimate river otter abundance using fecal DNA analyses and a genetic analogue of mark and recapture analysis.