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Biology Graduate Students Present at 9th Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium

Three graduate students from the IUP Department of Biology represented IUP at the 9th Annual Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium, held November 7–8, 2013, at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania.

All three students gave oral presentations of their proposed thesis research topics:

  • Alex Hess (advisor: Josiah Townsend), “Comparative community ecology of dusky salamander (Plethodontidae: Desmognathus) assemblages in northern Appalachia and the Allegheny Plateau” 
  • D.J McNeil (advisor: Jeff Larkin), “Assessing golden-winged warbler response to NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife effort in the Appalachian Mountains”
  • Ellen Teygart (advisor: Josiah Townsend), “Characterizing the distribution and reproductive ecology of mountain chorus frogs (Hylidae: Pseudacris brachyphona), a Pennsylvania State Species of Immediate Concern.”

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IUP Department of Biology graduate students Alex Hess, Ellen Teygart, and D.J. McNeil at the 2013 Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium (Erie, PA).


The Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium provides a venue for presenting scientific research being conducted in the region or by scientists based in the region, and this year featured over 100 student presentations in both oral and poster sessions.

A list of all presentations given at the symposium is available from this link.

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