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Dr. Karen V. Root, Dept. of Biological Sciences

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Current Research Projects

Are you an undergraduate currently interested in getting some research experience?

We are looking for research assistants for a variety of ecological research projects in the Oak Openings Region. We are also interested in advising independent research projects (e.g., honors thesis) that are related. Not only will you gain valuable experience that will make you more competitive for jobs and/or graduate school. You can receive credit for the experience as BIOL 4010 (1-3 credits depending on number of hours worked per week) under Dr. Karen V. Root.

Projects

Contact any of the following graduate students or postdocs directly if you are interested or would like more information. Please let us know what project(s) interest you, if you have any previous research experience, and when you would be available.

  1. Project:Differential Movement Patterns Among Reptilian Species
    Contact: Amanda Martin
    Timing:March until September
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Learn radio telemetry to track box turtles and use cover boards to detect snakes
    • Survey across multiple protected areas for reptiles (variety of environmental conditions)/li>
    • Track movement patterns at night using a UV light
    • Collect environmental data/li>
    • Can learn about data entry and analysis (Excel, GIS, etc.)

  2. Project:The Effects of Urbanization on Bats
    Contact: Kelly Russo Petrick
    Timing: May until September
    Project Description:My project will examine the impact of landscape features related to urbanization, especially light pollution and fragmentation, on bat activity and diversity. I will survey bats using both stationary bat monitors and roadside moving acoustic surveys.
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Placing stationary bat monitors in the field and collecting them the next morning
    • Conducting roadside acoustic surveys driving along transects
    • Collect habitat and other environmental data in the field
    • Record light pollution using light meters
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, ArcGIS, etc.)

  3. Project:The Effects of Prescribed Burn Edges on Small Mammals and Bats
    Contact: Kelsey Stoneberg
    Timing: April to October
    Project Description:My project will be looking at the effects of prescribed burn frequency and burn age on edges with respect to small mammal and bat abundance and movement in the Oak Openings Preserve. I will be using tracking tubes for small mammal surveys and stationary bat monitors for bat surveys.
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Placing tracking tubes out in the field
    • Preparing tracking tube paper with fluorescent powder
    • Collecting used tracking tube paper and replacing tracking tube paper multiple times a week
    • Identifying tracks on tracking tube paper with UV light
    • Track small mammals movement patterns at night using a UV light
    • Placing stationary bat monitors in field and collecting monitors the next morning
    • Collect environment data
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, ArcGIS, etc.)

  4. Project:Animal Movement and Mortality through Road Surveys
    Contact: Victoria Freter
    Timing: March until November
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Collect environmental and road data
    • Data entry and analysis

  5. Project:Northwest Ohio Canid Assessment
    Contact: Jake Schoen
    Timing: now to September
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Deploying camera traps
    • Analyzing photos (mammal identification)
    • Measuring vegetative characteristics
    • Data entry and analyses

  6. Project:Long term effects of the emerald ash borer beetle on ash tree populations
    Contact: Dr. Rachel Kappler
    Timing: June to September
    Project Description:Natural ash tree populations within parks and reserves have been tracked over time by tagging trees, placing sticky traps for the beetle, and quantifying vegetative characteristics. This is an ongoing project that is assessing the ecological changes over time that are occurring after the introduction of this invasive beetle.
    Duties: Field assistants will have the opportunity to help out with the following tasks:
    • Measuring ash tree and plot vegetative characteristics
    • Collect environmental data
    • Data entry and analysis (Excel, Basic Statistics)