GEMS Student Research

Contact Jonathan Husch at husch@rider.edu or 609-896-5330 for abstract or document availability. A written product (poster, abstract, manuscript, thesis, etc.) may not be available for all student research projects.

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2013-2014

  • John Alexander and Brita Gove: Mobilization of heavy metals in response to deicing salt application (student co-authors of a paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the Geological Society of America)
  • John Alexander, Brita Gove, Eric Pezzi, and Nicole Chakowski: Mineralogical and anthropogenic controls of stream water chemistry in salted watersheds (student co-authors of a paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, and of manuscript published in the Journal of Applied Geochemistry, in press)
  • Rachel Awe: Garnet provenance study of beach sands from Sandy Hook and Cape May, New Jersey (student co-author of a paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the Geological Society of America)
  • Amber Barton: Geochemical environment of arsenic in stream water and soil solutions of the Crosswicks Creek Watershed, New Jersey
  • Amber Barton and Muhammad Sarwar: Geochemical environment of arsenic in stream and soil solution (student co-authors of a paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the Geological Society of America)
  • Nicole Chakowski: Dendrochronological dating of two tulip poplars on the west lawn of Monticello (student co-author of a manuscript published in Tree-Ring Research, v. 70, p. 41-48)
  • Julianna Ciccarelli: Estimating methane emissions from natural gas extraction using tower-based atmospheric monitoring (student co-author of a paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Student Conference of the American Meteorological Association)
  • Jason Dallas: Freshwater turtle population in an urban lake and the benefits of installing basking logs (student co-author of a paper presented at the Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill, Delaware Riverkeeper Network)
  • Drew Kelly: Measuring particulate phosphorus: A comparison of two methods
  • Kelly Krolik: The response of tropical fish species to boat noise disturbances
  • Taylor Krolik: The effect of marsh type on biological and physical factors within the marsh environment
  • Kate Krsnak: Indicated fossil turnover linked to changes in depositional environment between the Maastrichtian and Campanian boundary in the western United States (student co-author of a manuscript published in The Mosasaur, v. 8, p. 31-40)
  • Lindsey Monk: An investigation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
  • Sarah Mozes: Paleoenvironmental investigation of the Cambrian-Ordovician Allentown Dolomite, Hamburg, NJ
  • Chanton Phan: Introduction to marine ecology research (Freshman Science Honors Program project)
  • Brandon Powell: Agnostic response in male Betta fish
  • Emily Treacy: Introduction to tree-ring research (Freshman Science Honors Program project)

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2012-2013

  • John Alexander: Common ion and heavy metal concentrations in stream and soil water from the Centennial Lake watershed, Lawrence Township, New Jersey
  • John Alexander, Kristian Feher, Brita Gove, Eric Pezzi, and Leeann Sinpatanasakul: Release of heavy metals from soil due to application of winter deicing salt in a watershed (student co-authors on a paper receiving honorable mention for best student poster presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the America Water Works Association-New Jersey Section, Atlantic City, NJ)
  • Rachel Awe: The use of garnet compositional data to help determine the provenance of New Jersey barrier island sands
  • Nicole Chakowski, Brita Gove, Nicholas Mazza, and Eric Pezzi: The possibility of road salt-induced release of heavy metals from soil in a watershed (student co-authors on a paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Charlotte, NC)
  • Brita Gove: Impact of deicing salt on the release of common ions and heavy metals in the Centennial Lake watershed
  • Allison Ingram: Factors controlling the distribution and growth of xeric and mesic tree species across George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation
  • Kate Krsnak: Indicated faunal turnover between the Maastrichtian and Campanian boundary in the western United States
  • Jessica Munyan: Introduction to tree-ring research (Freshman Science Honors Program project)
  • Rachel Nangle: Introduction to tree-ring research (Freshman Science Honors Program project)
  • Eric Pezzi: Sources of metals, including heavy metals, in the Centennial Lake watershed
  • Amanda Young: Effects of large dorsal fins on Betta splendens mating selection and their ability to swim against a current
  • Joshua Zangakis: Using dendrochronology to date three timbers from Littlestown, Pennsylvania

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2011-2012

  • Caroline Baptist: Effects of light intensity on the feeding rate of the dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum
  • Caroline Baptist: Macroalgae preference for the purple sea urchin, Arbacia punctulata
  • Nicole Chakowski: Did Thomas Jefferson plant the two tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) adjacent to his House? (student co-author on a related paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Academy of Science Annual Meeting, South Orange, NJ)
  • Elizabeth Evans: Assessment of Three Artisanal Fisheries in Northern Honduras: Rio Esteban, Chachahuate Cay, and Cayo Mejor/East End (student author of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Manahawkin, NJ)
  • Trevor Hiller: Size of Karlodinium veneficum in relation to amount of toxins produced
  • Jessica Horton: Factors that influence the righting behavior of starfish
  • Maria Huffine and Leeann Sinpatanasakul: Changes of Na/Cl molar ratio in a salting cycle and their application to estimation of sodium retention in salted watersheds (student co-authors of a manuscript published in the Journal of Contamination Hydrology)
  • Allison Ingram: Factors controlling growth rates of oaks, tulip poplars and beech, across George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation in Virginia (student co-author on a related paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City)
  • Nina Joffe: Phylogenetic analysis of Oophila ambystomatis
  • Kelli Kaelin: Utilization of phosphate in the mixotrophic dinoflagellate, Karlodinium veneficum
  • Shannon Melick: Effect of size on habitat preference and agonistic behavior in crayfish
  • Nicholas Mazza: Hydrogeological characteristics of the Duck Island Landfill in Trenton, New Jersey and its relationship to volatile chemicals
  • Christine Sookhdeo: Effect of forest age on soil organic matter at Mount Vernon, Virginia (student co-author on a manuscript published in the Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science)
  • Christine Sookhdeo: Analysis of properties of post-agricultural soils, Lawrenceville, New Jersey (student co-author on a related paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City)
  • Amanda Young: Effects of different species of phytoplankton on the growth rate and survival of Arbacia punctulata larvae, their light/dark preference, and metamorphosis

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2010-2011

  • Caroline Baptist and Christien Laber: Influence of irradiance and growth, feeding, and toxin production in the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum (student co-authors on a related paper, presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Aquatic Sciences, San Juan, PR)
  • Denise Breen: Microclimates and sustainability of roofing materials
  • Victoria Capozzalo: Effectively teaching mathematics in suburban and urban school settings
  • Elizabeth Evans: Assessment of three artisanal fisheries in northern Honduras: Rio Esteban, Chachahuate Cay, and Cayo Mejor/East End
  • Jessica Horton: Comparing three methods of measuring organic matter content
  • Maria Huffine: New methods for estimating sodium retention in a watershed due to deicing salt
  • Nina Joffe: Ambystoma maculatum and Oophila ambystomatis: A proposed model system for investigating oxygen sensing during vertebrate development (student co-author on a related paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, Albuquerque, NM)
  • Nicholas Mazza: Variation of flow rate in the Centennial Lake watershed
  • Michael McCormack: Forest cover and topography through time at Mount Vernon (student co-author on a related paper, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Ecological Society of America, Clifton, NJ)
  • Kyle Munley: An examination of nutrient concentration and chlorophyll and bacterial abundance in Centennial Lake
  • Becky Schmitt: Dinoflagellate use of alkaline phosphatase to take up organic phosphate
  • Margaret Shaw: A review of the factors that influence mating success in the European Green Crab Carcinus maenas
  • Leeann Sinpatanasakul: Transport of mixed salting of NaCl and CaCl2 in a watershed
  • Christine Sookhdeo: Effect of forest age and past land use on organic carbon content of Mount Vernon, VA soils (student co-author on a related paper, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Ecological Society of America, Clifton, NJ)
  • Robert Weber: The effect of nutrient pulses on the growth of the common reed, Phragmites australis

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2009-2010

  • Stacy Belgiovene: Female brood production, egg development and sperm limitation in the invasive European green crab Carcinus maenas
  • Elissa Connolly-Randazzo: The sex ratio of stoplight parrotfish found in Roatan, Honduras
  • Elizabeth Evans: Cohabitation of damselfish in the western Caribbean
  • Maria Huffine: Retention of sodium in a soil column experiment (student co-author on a related paper, Retention of sodium in a watershed due to the application of winter deicing salt, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Stochastic Hydraulics and 5th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, Quebec, Canada)
  • Christien Laber: Toxin production of the dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum with variation in light intensity
  • Jessica Langlois: Feeding rates of the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum depend on prey density
  • Amrita Paul: Comparing predatory fish populations between two islands: densely populated Roatan, Honduras, and sparsely populated San Salvador, Bahamas (published in Horizons: The Scholarly Journal of Rider University)
  • Leeann Sinpatanasakul: CaCl2 salt transportation in soil column
  • Robert Weber: Effectiveness of wetland mitigation and restoration
  • Charlie Zielinski: Analysis of trichloroethylene (TCE) transport into soil and groundwater (published in Horizons: The Scholarly Journal of Rider University)

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2008-2009

  • Elissa Connolly-Randazzo: An initial analysis of the male to female ratio of Parrotfish in different habitats, Roatan Honduras
  • Elizabeth Evans: A preliminary study of Damselfish cohabitation, Roatan, Honduras
  • Maria Huffine, Ashleigh Layton, Kelli Luccarino, and Leeann Sinpatanasakul: Retention of sodium in the Centennial Lake watershed, New Jersey (received the Best Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the New Jersey Water Environmental Association 2009 Annual Meeting)
  • Ashleigh Layton: Soil and soil changes in an area affected by road salt near I-95, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Carl Natter: Glauconite deposition in the Cretaceous/Tertiary strata of the New Jersey Coastal Plain
  • Matthew Nelson: Mineral structural water loss and estimation of soil organic matter content by LOI (student co-author of a related paper published in the Canadian Journal of Soil Science)
  • Matthew Nelson: Is New Jersey barrier island morphology controlled by the Inner Continental Shelf?
  • Amrita Paul: The effect of a large sharpnose puffer population explosion on the reef in Roatan, Honduras
  • Valerie Romaniello: Evaluation of methodology in the estimation of percent organic matter in salt marsh sediments
  • Carey Sliko and Susan Zabrocky: Two strains of the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Prorocentrum minimum differ in their ability to utilize organic phosphorus for growth
  • Susan Zabrocky: Variation in the feeding and decoration behavior of spider crabs in tropical regions of the Eastern United States and the Caribbean

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2007-2008

  • Samantha DeLaunay: Methodology of garnet separation to investigate the provenance of New Jersey beach sands
  • Kenneth Kacperowski, Timothy Swavely, and Heather Warren: Relationships among grain size, infiltration rate, and foreshore slope on New Jersey beaches
  • Kelli Lucarino, Carl Natter, and Daniel Carlson: Road salt application and its impact on the water quality of the Delaware River
  • Carl Natter: Weathering rate of rocks in the non-tidal portion of the Delaware River Basin
  • Matthew Nelson: Effect of structual water in clay minerals on the estimation of soil organic matter content by the LOI analytical method
  • Carey Sliko: Chemical signaling as a defensive strategy for the Mud Snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta
  • Carey Sliko, Alison Golinski, and Susan Zabrocky: Phosphate stress in two strains of the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Prorocentrum minimum determined using a single-cell alkaline phophatase assay (ELF 97)
  • Brian Tate: Spatial distribution of intertidal organisms on man-made intertidal substrates in New Jersey
  • Brian Tate: A comparison of intertidal communities along the New Jersey shore growing on rocky versus wooden structures
  • Megan VonDeesten and Alyssa Tomlinson: Spatial literacy: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: ENV-205, a new course at Rider University

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2006-2007

  • Amber Andyshak: Factors influencing the growth and habitat choice of the Northern Piperfish, Syngnathus fuscus
  • Daniel Hewins: Increase in impervious area and its hydrological impact over the last 50 years in the Delaware River Basin
  • Daniel Hewins: Jack of all trades: Biological invasion facilitated by use of multiple forms of nitrogen
  • Kelli Lucarino: Road salt application and its impact on water quality in the Delaware River watershed (student co-author on a related paper, Retention of sodium in a watershed due to the application of winter deicing salt, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Stochastic Hydraulics and 5th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, Quebec, Canada)
  • Kelli Lucarino: The transport and fate of lead and arsenic at the Ringwood Mines/Landfield Superfund site in New Jersey
  • Matthew Nelson: Effect of structural water loss from clay minerals on estimation of soil organic content by loss on ignition method
  • Carey Sliko: Phosphate stress in two strains of the dinoflagellate Prorocentrum minimum determined by single-cell alkaline phosphatase assay (ELF 97)
  • Timothy Swavely: Relationships among infiltration rate, sediment grain size, and beach face slope on the coastline of New Jersey
  • Heather Warren: The role of sediment size in the complex process of beach face development -- NJ coastline
  • Susan Zabrocky: Does the ability to produce alkaline phosphatase affect the growth rates of Prorocentrum minimum under various phosphorus conditions?

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2005-2006

  • Amber Andyshak: The influence of essential minerals on molting and survival of Blue Crab megalopae
  • Kevin Becker: Impact of the Folcroft Landfill Superfund Site on the water quality of the lower Darby Creek near the Philadelphia International Airport
  • Theresa Contor, Nicole Glen, Alison Golinski, Amanda Kagel, Elise Proctor, Carey Sliko, Brian Tate, Alyssa Tomlinson, and Susan Zabrocky: Comparison of plankton composition, phytoplankton growth, and zooplankton grazing at a coastal ocean versus a shallow backbay site in New Jersey
  • Andy French: Factors influencing the abundance and distribution of American Eel larvae in the Manasquan River
  • Alison Golinski: Sexual selection in the Oyster Toadfish, Opsanus tau
  • Daniel Hewins: An analysis of impervious surfaces in the Delaware River Basin
  • Kenneth Kacperowski: Does grain size determine beach face slope: A study of 15 New Jersey beaches
  • Margaux Keller: Predatory selection of borehole location in the bivalve Anadara spp
  • Harmony Liff: Crab induced shell defenses in ribbed mussels and muddog snails
  • Jill Loveland: A day in the life of a marine mammal trainer: Internship at Atlantis Marine World
  • Michelle Patullo: Factors influencing the movements of American Eel larvae
  • Carey Sliko and Alison Golinski: The use of a single-cell alkaline phosphatase assay (ELF 97) to determine phosphorus limitation in mixotropic dinoflagellates
  • Melissa Tresselt: Affect of salinity and temperature on the growth and development of the American Eel, Anguilla rostrata
  • Melissa Tresselt: Presence of Xenobalanus globicipitis on the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, off the New Jersey coast
  • Steven Vargo: Groundwater withdrawals in Cape May County and the resultant saltwater intrusion

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2004-2005

  • Amber Andyshak, Grace Colletti, Claire O'Connell, Michelle Patullo, Melissa Tresselt, and Ranjit Suresh: Algal and invertebrate gradients across the rocky intertidal of Big Pine Key, Florida
  • Justine Diana: Shell regeneration in mud snails, Ilyanassa obsoleta, subjected to a broader water temperature spectrum
  • Bethany Eden: Results from COMB: Growth and development of blue crab larvae and culturing food chain organisms
  • Daniel Latini: Hurricane Ivan induced flooding near the Delaware River at Trenton, NJ on September 19, 2004
  • Harmony Liff: Effects of commercial fishing pressure on blue crab population structure
  • Jill Loveland: Response to varying environmental factors by the upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea xamachana
  • Michelle Patullo: Factors affecting the feeding and growth of the larval American eel, Anguilla rostrata
  • Danielle Roscoe: Shell regeneration rates in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, under experimental hyposaline and increasing temperature regimes
  • Candida St. John: Analysis of the petroleum contamination of soil and groundwater at a southern New Jersey site
  • Jeffrey Zola: Recruitment to a coral reef within Castle Harbor, Bermuda, 2005

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2003-2004

  • Kathryn Bateman: An evaluation of the impact of artificial shorelines on the habitat use and mortality of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus on the New Jersey coast
  • Mia Castellucci: Where does the rain go? Analyses of river discharge and precipitation at three sites in New Jersey
  • Mia Castellucci: Analysis of the commercial pilot bioremediation study of a Shell station in New Jersey
  • Jessica Messersmith: A rapid method for detection of invasive Hematodinium sp. infections in Callinectes sapidus and Carcinus maenas using PCR
  • Jason Morson: Experimental shell regeneration in aquairum-bound northern moonsnails, Euspira heros

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2002-2003

  • William Bogetti: Identifying and delineating critical wildlife habitat in the Pinelands for Pine Barrens Tree Frogs (Hyla andersonii)
  • Jonathan Cooper: The effect of chlorine, pH and temperature on the coliform bacteria counts in public and private pools and its health indication
  • Sarah Faugno: Chemical and sedimentological analysis of Centennial Lake: An analysis for the use of dredging to help restore the lake ecosystem
  • Frank Petrino: Determination of the origin of Archean stromatolite-like structures in the Cherry Creek Group near Dillon, Montana
  • Gregory Ricci: Mapping the environmental sensitive locations in Watershed Management Areas 19 and 20 of Burlington County
  • Steven Snopkowski: Interactions between invasive and native species: Prey selectivity and competitive ability of Carcinus maenas and Callinectes sapidus
  • Melanie Spence: Uprighting abilities of horseshoe crabs on different substrates
  • Melanie Spence: Color preferences for blue and gold macaws

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2001-2002

  • Jill Brown: Size and site selectivity of parasitism by Cliona lampa on New Jersey gastropods
  • Christine Buccheri: The effects of salinity, light intensity, temperature, and nutrients on the growth and chlorophyll content of Ulva lactuca
  • Russell Burke: Influence of sediment grain size and salinity on the burrowing rate of juvenile hard lam, Mercenaria mercenaria
  • Robert Mack: Predator-prey interactions between the moonsnail (Neverita duplicata) and three species of bivalves (Andara notabilis, Chione elevata, and Dinocardium robustum)
  • Frank Petrino: Second year (2001) post-treatment evaluation for controlling Phragmites in the east pool at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine, NJ
  • Serena Turner: Carrion selectivity of the mud dog whelk Ilyanassa obsoleta
  • Matthew Wojtko: Comparisons of selected channel cores from offshore Monmouth County, New Jersey

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 2000-2001

  • Karen Antozzeski: Centenial Lake restoration, watershed protection, and initial public outreach program, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Kimberly Bishop: Assessment of offshore sediments in AREA C from the New Jersey continental shelf for potential use in beach replenishment
  • Brian Kennedy: Analysis of gasoline transport in a sandy aquifer
  • Jennifer O'Reilly: Frequency, size selectivity, and repair rates of sublethal damage of Littorina obtusata
  • Julie Pasternak: Grain size variation across natural and filled beaches
  • Brett Williams: Comparative mobility of juvenile mussels: Mytilus edulis versus Geukensia demissa

Senior Theses and Student Independent Research: 1999-2000

  • Robert Baron: Effect of burrowing in different substrates on shell accretion by and abrasion of Mercenaria mercenaria
  • Russell Burke: Centennial Lake Watershed Project: Water quality monitoring update
  • Heidi Burns: Land use history of Colonial Lake watershed and potential nonpoint source and point source implications
  • Tricia Cranmer: Repair rates of surgically damaged Geukensia demissa and Mytilus edulis
  • Jennifer Durkin: Assessment of predator-prey distributions across a Zostera marina habitat edge
  • Jennifer Fager: Water chemistry of Colonial Lake, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Kimberly Kessler: The uptake of trace metals by roots, stems, and leaves of Spartina alterniflora in polluted versus cleaner sediments
  • Karin Licsko: Removal of the invasive exotic, Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife): Impact on plant diversity in the constructed wetland at the Hamilton/Trenton tidal freshwater marsh
  • Danielle McBride: Comparisons of trace metal accumulations of seven different algae within the Rhodophyta, Chlorophyta, and Phaeophyta
  • Lori Roth: Various trace metal concentrations in the shells of the freshwater mussel, Anodonta sp., at different ontogenetic stages
  • Jennifer Sliko: Analysis of different parameters of Centennial Lake during the summer of 1998