On-Campus Experiences

Students opening a sediment core sample for examination.

The following is a partial listing of Luther faculty and their research students and topics of research. Students participate in directed research in a variety ways, sometimes for academic credit, sometimes as a paid research assistant (AAA), and sometimes as a volunteer in the lab desiring to get some research experience. Students interested in participating in research should contact the faculty members directly.

2014-15 Academic Year

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Rob Manges - Construction of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains defective in the calR gene.
  • Kurayi Mahachi and Laura Post - Determining the effect of a calR mutation on calcium and iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus under liquid growth conditions.
  • Liz Hovden, Chris Wollman, Liesa Erickson, Payton Schultz, Zoe Bachman - Investigation of urban water quality in Decorah, IA.

Summer 2014

  • Allison Bird with Dr. Eichinger. Project: Cortisol responses in athletes (funded by ____)
  • Gabe Dorn with Dr. Eichinger. Project: Cortisol responses in athletes (funded by ____)
  • Tom Tourdot with Dr. Fretheim. Project: Characterizing the effects of altered iron homeostasis on C. elegans general behavior and neuronal functioning (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Jamison Ash with Dr. Fretheim. Project: Characterizing the effects of altered iron homeostasis on C. elegans general behavior and neuronal functioning (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Casey Liveringhouse with Dr. Fretheim. Project: Characterizing the effects of altered iron homeostasis on C. elegans general behavior and neuronal functioning (funded by summer student-faculty collaborative research grant, dean’s office)
  • Katie Storey with Dr. Lynch. Project: Charcoal and pollen analysis of lake sediments from Metzger Lake (funded by summer student-faculty collaborative research grant, dean’s office)
  • Andrea Malek with Dr. Reding. Project: Local bats and their interaction with the Luther wind turbine (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Mariah Crotty with Dr. Reding. Project: Local bats and their interaction with the Luther wind turbine (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Jedidiah Nixon with Dr. Larsen. Project: Survey of Fitch’s Elephanthopper at the Spirit Knoll State Preserve (funded by Iowa DNR wildlife diversity small grant)
  • Robert Manges with Dr. Enos. Project: Mechanisms and genes involved in how Vibrio parahaemolyticus responds to different calcium and iron concentrations (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Kelsey Bies with Dr. Enos. Project: Mechanisms and genes involved in how Vibrio parahaemolyticus responds to different calcium and iron concentrations (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Clare Slagel with Dr. Shields. Project: Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation (funded by Monticello College Foundation grant)
  • Kolin Walker with Dr. Shields. Project: Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation (funded by Monticello College Foundation grant and Rulon Endowment)
  • Dan Stover with Dr. Shields. Project: Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation (funded by summer student-faculty collaborative research grant, dean’s office)
  • Claire Dembsky with Dr. McNicoll. Project: Pollinator diversity and abundance in prairie reconstructions with different planting diversity (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Zoe Bachman with Dr. McNicoll. Project: Pollinator diversity and abundance in prairie reconstructions with different planting diversity (funded by HHMI grant).
  • Emma Stivers with Dr. McNicoll. Projects: Baseline vegetation sampling for lon-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests and effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in an oak woodland restoration (funded by land stewardship program)
  • Derek Mueller with Dr. McNicoll. Projects: Baseline vegetation sampling for lon-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests and effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in an oak woodland restoration (funded by land stewardship program)
  • Elizabeth Reed with Dr. McNicoll. Projects: Baseline vegetation sampling for lon-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests and effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in an oak woodland restoration (funded by land stewardship program)

2013-14 Academic Year

Eric Baack

  • Ellen Behrens - Study of deer tick diseases:  Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.  Funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.
  • Kim Howell - Fungal symbionts of Indian grass.  Dean's Office AAA funding.

Scott Carlson

  • Shannon Wilson and Gage State - Role of renal nerves in angiotensin-induced hypertension.  Funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.

Mark Eichinger

  • Allison Bird and Gabe Dorn - Cortisol responses in athletes.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Jake Wittman and Lindsey Bohr - Investigation of water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed.  Funded by the State of Iowa.
  • Robert Manges and Kelsey Bies - Vibrio parahaemolyticus response to different calcium and iron concentrations.  Funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant.
  • Robert Manges and Kelsey Bies - Exploring growth conditions for assessing calciu and iron regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. 
  • Lindsey Bohr, Sam Zook, Claire Dembsky and Taylor Nelson - Investigating water quality in the Dry Run Creek Watershed under varying precipitation conditions.
  • Rob Manges and Kurayi Mahachi - Determining the effect of a calR mutation on calcium and iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus under liquid growth conditions.

Stephanie Fretham

  • Tom Tourdot, Jamison Ash and Casey Liveringhouse -  Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant, Dean's Office Collaborative Grant

Kirk Larsen

  • Nicole Powers and Sharon Heyer - Butterfly survey for species of special concern in Allamakee County.  Funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.
  • Josh Nelson - Tick survey and potential Lyme disease vector transmission rates.  Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Marissa Schuh - Impact of buckthorn invasion on insects of NE Iowa forests.  Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Austin Bauer - Spring burn impacts on plants and insects of a roadside prairie planting.  Funded by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
  • Jedidiah Nixon - Sand Prairie and Fitch's Elephanthopper at Spirit Knoll State Preserve pollinators and plant survey.  Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Grant and Rulon Endowment

Beth Lynch

  • Anna Burke - Seep vegetation survey.  Funded by the Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Brian Kurtz - Vegetation of Malanaphy Spring.  Funded by the Iowa Academy of Science.
  • Katie Storey - Wisconsin sand plain vegetation history.  Funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Katie Storey - Charcoal and pollen analysis of lake sediments from Metzger Lake - Dean's Office faculty/student collaborative research.

Molly McNicoll

  • Dan Gibson, Brian Eachus, Karen Davison and Devin Gilbertson - Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration.  Funded by Cargill.
  • Claire Dembsky and Zoe Bachman - Baseline vegetation sampling for long-term research on the effect of fire in open oak forests; Emodin levels in buckthorn invaded forest; Pollinator diversity and abundance in prairie constructions with different planting diversity.  Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant.
  • Emma Stivers, Derek Mueller, Elizabeth Reed and Jedidiah Nixon - Effect of mechanical removal and fire frequency in woodland restoration.  Land Stewardship Interns.

Dawn Reding

  • Jamison Ash and Thando May - Population genetics of the gray fox.  Funded by the Iowa Academy of Science.
  • Andrea Malek and Mariah Crotty - Interaction with the wind turbine by local bats. Gray Fox Grant.

Brookhardt Shields

  • Julia Mandsager - Cell biology of protein degradation.  Funded by the John Tjostem Undergraduate Research Fund.
  • Sarah Floden - Cell biology of protein degradation. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Clare Slagel, Kolin Walker and Dan Stover - Ubiquitination and autophagy cross-talk in protein degradation.  Monticello College Foundation, Rulon Endowment, John Tjostem Undergraduate Research Fund, Dean's Office.

Summer 2013

  • Ellen Behrens with Dr. Baack, Project: Study of deer tick diseases: Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Kim Howell, with Dr. Baack, Project: Fungal symbionts of Indian grass (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office)
  • Shannon Wilson with Dr. Carlson, Project: Role of renal nerves in angiotensin-induced hypertension (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Gage State with Dr. Carlson, Project: Role of renal nerves in angiotensin-induced hypertension (funded by HHMI)
  • Jake Wittman with Dr. Enos, Project: Investigation of water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed (funded by State of Iowa grant)
  • Lindsey Bohr with Dr. Enos, Project: Investigation of water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed (funded by State of Iowa grant)
  • Nicole Powers with Dr. Larsen, Project: Butterfly survey for species of special concern in Allamakee County (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Sharon Heyer with Dr. Larsen, Project: Butterfly survey for species of special concern in Allamakee County (funded by HHMI grant)
  • Josh Nelson with Dr. Larsen, Project: Tick survey and potential Lyme disease vector transmission rates (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office)
  • Marissa Schuh with Dr. Larsen, Project: Impact of buckthorn invasion on insects of NE Iowa forests (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office)
  • Austin Bauer with Dr. Larsen, Project: Spring burn impacts on plants and insects of a roadside prairie planting (funded by Living Roadside Trust Fund grant from Iowa DOT)
  • Anna Burke with Dr. Lynch, Project: Seep vegetation survey (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office)
  • Brian Kurtz with Dr. Lynch, Project: Vegetation of Malanaphy Spring (funded by Iowa Academy of Science grant)
  • Katie Storey with Dr. Lynch, Project: Wisconsin sand plain vegetation history (funded by NSF grant)
  • Dan Gibson with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant)
  • Brian Eachus with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant)
  • Karen Davison with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant)
  • Devin Gilbertson with Dr. McNicoll, Project: Parsnip control and oak woodland restoration (funded by Cargill grant)
  • Jamison Ash with Dr. Reding, Project: Population genetics of the gray fox (funded by Iowa Academy of Science grant)
  • Thando May with Dr. Reding, Project: Population genetics of the gray fox (funded by Iowa Academy of Science grant)
  • Julia Mandsager with Dr. Shields, Project: Cell biology of protein degradation (funded by JTURF (John Tjostem Undergraduate Research Fund grant)
  • Sarah Floden with Dr. Shields, Project: Cell biology of protein degradation (funded by student-faculty collaborative research grant, Dean's Office)

2012-13 Academic Year

Eric Baack

  • Chelsea Weiss - Multi-drug resistant bacteria and efflux pumps.  Independent McElroy project.
  • Ellen Behrens, Kimberly Stocks, and Sara Nicla - Research assistant with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgressions into wild sunflower. 
  • Hannah Rowse - Research assistant with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgressio into wild sunflower.
  • Ellen Behrens - Resolving contamination in Seed Savers Exchange Brassica collections through flow cytometry.  Independent project funded by Seed Savers.
  • Kaila Vogt, Anna Gudjonsdottir, Kimberly Stocks and Sara Nicla - Research assistant with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgression into wild sunflower.
  • Chelsea Weiss - Multi-drug resistant bacteria and efflux pumps.  Independent McElroy project.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Jessica Lister - Exploring iron-related phenotypes of calR mutants in Vibrio Parahaemolyticus.
  • Laura Swanson - Determining regulatory effects of overexpression of the CalR protein in Vibrio parahaemolyticus under different media conditions. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Melene Thompson - Construction and phenotypic analysis of strains having a calR mutation. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Melene Thompson - Analysis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes:  Quantitation of mutant phenotypes in liquid growth medium and reconstruction of calR double mutants. Dean's Office Collaborative Summer Research Grant.
  • Lindsey Bohr and Jake Wittman - Investigating water quality in the Dry Run Creek Watershed under varying precipitation conditions.
  • Laura Swanson - Analysis of iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio paraharmolyticus and the impact of altered calR expression.
  • Melene Thompson - Evaluating expression of calcium and iron regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Kirk Larsen

  • Nikki McDermond-Spies - Family-level benthic macroinvertebrate communities indicate a successful relocation and restoration of a Northeast Iowa stream.
  • Calla Olson - Comparing the effect of native and introduced grasses on the development of two grass skippers (Lepidoptera: Hesperiinae): the least skipper (Anycloxypha numitor) and sachem skipper (Atalopedes campestris). Deans office Collaborative summer research grant.
  •  Austin Bauer - Possible factor influencing size variability in morphology of adult Cyclotrachelus sodalis (Coleoptera: Carabidae) ground beetles. 

2011-12 Academic Year

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Laura Swanson - Determining regulatory effects of various levels of overexpression of the CalR protein in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Dean's Office AAA funding.
  • Laura Swanson - Quantifying iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Melene Thompson - Quantifying iron and calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Erin Voelschow - Data analysis of calcium and iron-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.  Iowa College Foundation R.J. McElroy Research Fellowship.
  • Erin Voelschow - Investigating calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus with unique temporal expression profiles.  Iowa College Foundation R.J. McElroy Research Fellowship.
  • Jacob Wittman and Andrew Weckwerth - Analysis and compilation of monitoring data collected from the Dry Run Creek Watershed.

Mark Eichinger

  • Patrick Hussey and Stefan Snyder - Intrapulmonary shunting.

Kirk Larsen

  • Marissa Schuh - Aquatic insect diversity of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek, and Brook Creek.
  • Nikki McDermond-Spies - Impact of prairie planting diversity and management with fire and mowing on plant, butterfly, and ground beetle communities of Anderson Prairie.
  • Emma Spoon - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52.

Tex Sordahl

  • Samantha Stykel - Distribution of color-morphs of the Eastern Screech-Owl in Iowa.
  • Samantha Stykel - Spring arrival dates of migrant birds in northeastern Iowa.

2010-11 Academic Year

Eric Baack

  • Katrina Freund  - Isolation and characterization of endophytic fungi from Prairie plants.
  • Rachel Albert - Effect of ovulation on female behavior and male perceptions.
  • Paul Atkins - Effect of chloroplast genotype on hybridization.
  • Sharon Heyer & Chelsea Weiss - Speciation and the breakdown of coevolution during hybridization.
  • Chelsea Weiss - Prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria in surface waters of NE Iowa and role of the type II efflux pump.
  • Megan Gress and Molly Tulkki - A multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgression into wild sunflower.
  • Andrew Kingsriter - Replaying evolution: domesticating the sunflower from the wild.
  • Adam Ragheb - Evolutionary response of native plants to allelopathic invaders.
  • John Delaney - Intraspecific chromosome number variation and prairie restoration - a case study in NE Iowa, USA.
  • Kimberly Stocks - Effect of fire and clearing on herbaceous vegetation in a woodland clearing.  

Scott Carlson

  • Rachel Zimmerman & Kelsey Kittleson - Monitoring changes in hindlimb bloodflow in response to inhibition of Cytochrome P-450 in conscious spontaneously hypertensive rats..

Mark Eichinger

  • Eric Johnson - Running economy.
  • Kirsten Manges & Fran Fairfield - Anemia in college women. 

Marian Kaehler

  • Jacob Seibert, Christopher Schaupp, Nicole Littlejohn, Jared Weyant & Paul Atkins - Development of research strategies to examine the role of mRNA methylation on miRNA-RISC activity.
  • Eve Doyle - Development of research strategies to examine the role of mRNA methylation on miRNA-RISC activity.
  • Paul Atkins, Blake Funke - Isolation of RISC complex from HeLa cells.
  • Nick Andresen, Katie Perschbacher, Any Peck, Brooke Draxler - In vitro synthesis of customized target mRNAs from cloned target DNA sequences.
  • Mitch Obey & Maggie Michenfelder - Detection of dual end-labeled RNAs using urea-SDS PAGE.

Kirk Larsen

  • Emma Spoon - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52. 
  • Nikki  McDermond-Spies.  Impact of prairie planting and management on plant and insect communities of Anderson Prairie.
  • Jered Bourquin.  Aquatic insect diversity of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek and Brook Creek.
  • Peter Kraus - Followup study after streambank reconstruction of daily and monthly patterns of summer aquatic and terrestrial insect drift in a northeastern Iowa stream.
  • Katie Perschbacher - NE Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.
  • Nathan Hecht - Comparison of organic and conventional potato production of leafminer and parasitoid populations in Nicaragua.
  • Katie Perschbacher - NE Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.
  • Nick Anderson - Aquatic insects of four northeast Iowa streams.
  • Katie Perschbacher - NE Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.
  • Nick Anderson - Aquatic insects of four northeast Iowa streams.
  • Fran Fairfield - Impact of burning and mowing in Gateway Prairie on plan t and insect communities.
  • Tyler Zinnecker - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52.

Molly McNicoll

  • Max Molzahn - The role of fire and structural manipulation in oak woodland restoration.
  • Andrew Papke-Larsen - Testing effective control measures for the noxious weed, wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa).
  • Adam Grim - Mapping invasive species with GIS.

2009-10 Academic Year

Eric Baack

  • Sharon Heyer - Growth of genetically crossed sunflowers.
  • Adam Ragheb - Evolutionary responses of native plants to allelopathic invaders.
  • John Delaney - Chromosome number variation in Iowa prairie plants. 
  • Maria Carr - Revesterol levels and fungal infection in the Seed Savers Heritage Farm vineyard.

Scott Carlson

  • Alyse Carlson - The effect of chronic cytochrome p-450 inhibition on heart rate and mean arterial pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats.

Mark Eichinger

  • Luke Hollander - Turtle survey of the Upper Iowa River.
  • Patrick Hussey and Max Busch - Intrapulmonary shunting.
  • Eli Wallace - Citric and cycle enzyme changes following exercise or altitude.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Sharon Heyer & Chelsea Weiss - Investigating the water quality of the Dry Run Creek watershed using microbiological and chemical analyses.
  • Aimee Villard - Quantitative analysis of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Erin Voleschow - Developing the fruit fly as a model system for Vibrio parahaemolyticus pathogenesis.
  • Heather Nelson - Investigating biofilm development phenotypes of Vibrio parahaemolyticus calR mutants.
  • Aimee Villard - Determining divalent cation specificity of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Jodi Enos-Berlage/Robert Fitton

  • Paul Pierson - Imaging samples of V. parahaemolyticus bacteria for the study of pili and flagella production.

Kristy Gould

  • Karl Gilbertson - Self recognition in Clarke's Nutcrackers and Scrub Jays.

Kevin Kraus

  • Bonnie Garvens - Identification and phenotypic investigation of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants.
  • Dan Summerfield - Initiating and imaging biofilm growth (V. parahaemolyticus and P. aeruginosa) on various abiotic substrates

Kirk Larsen

  • Nick Andresen - Aquatic insect diversity of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek and Brook Creek.
  • Fran Fairfield - Impact of burning and mowing in Gateway Prairie on plant and insect communities.
  • Tyler Zinnecker - Impact of a roadside prairie planting on plant and insect communities along US-52..
  • Peter Kraus - Aquatic insects of restored streams in northeast Iowa.
  • Kristin Manges - Impact of prairie plantings on highway roadside plant and insect communities.
  • Reese Worthington - Scarab beetle biodiversity in northeast Iowa.
  • Katie Perschbacher - Northeast Iowa insect biodiversity specify database.

Beth Lynch

  • Eric Sievers - Long-term population dynamics of native plant species in mesic forests near Decorah, IA .
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann, Jennie McEllistrem & Shelby Eaton - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.

Laura Peterson

  • Christopher Schaupp - Plio-Pleistocene sea surface temperature evolution in the southwest Pacific.

Olga Rinco

  • Kirsten Indrelie - Fluorescence and other spectroscopic techniques to note the pollutant-carrying capabilities of larger heterocyclic molecules.
  • Kirsten Indrelie - The effect of porphyrin structure on porphyrin-HSA binding.
  • Jacob Wessels - . The role of porphyrin structure in porphyrin-HSA binding.

2008-09 Academic Year

Eric Baack 

  • Adam Ragheb - Evolutionary responses of native plants to allelopathic invaders.
  • John Delaney - Chromosome number variation in Iowa prairie plants.
  • Maria Carr - Revesterol levels and fungal infection in the Seed Savers Heritage Farm vineyard.
  • Daniel Stone - The study of invasive plants affect on native plants.
  • Katrina Freund - Andrew Kingsriter - Re-domestication of the sunflower from the wild.
  • Nicole Littlejohn - Selection on crop-wild sunflower hybrids in Iowa.
  • Katrina Freund - Selection on crop-wild sunflower hybrids in Iowa.

Scott Carlson

  • Alyse Carlson - The effect of chronic cytochrome p-450 inhibition on heart rate and mean arterial pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats.

Mark Eichinger

  • Kristin Manges - Public Health responses to northeast Iowa flood.
  • Max Busch - Intrapulmonary shunting.
  • Phil Scruggs  - Cortisol response to weight training.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Aimee Villard - Quantitative analysis of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Erin Voleschow - Developing the fruit fly as a model system for Vibrio parahaemolyticus pathogenesis.
  • Heather Nelson - Investigating biofilm development phenotypes of Vibrio parahaemolyticus calR mutants.
  • Aimee Villard - Determining divalent cation specificity of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Julie Hanson - Characterization of cosmids that alter calcium regulation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  • Aimee Villard - Identification of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.

Jodi Enos-Berlage/Robert Fitton

  • Paul Pierson - Imaging samples of V. parahaemolyticus bacteria for the study of pili and flagella production.

Kristy Gould

  • Karl Gilbertson - Self recognition in Clarke's Nutcrackers and Scrub Jays.
  • Karl Gilbertson - Self recognition in Clarke's Nutcrackers and Scrub Jays.

Marian Kaehler

  • Jacob Jipp - Annotation of cosmid 11 from the dot chromosome of Drosophila erecta.
  • Deborah Mukraz - Evaluation of companies using DNA sequencing to identify ancestry.
  • Jim Kemp - Role of pea lectins in root tip structure and its effect on fungal root pathogen Nectria.
  • Jim Kemp - Role of pea lectins in root tip structure and its effect on fungal root pathogen Nectria.

Kevin Kraus

  • Bonnie Garvens - Identification and phenotypic investigation of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants.
  • Dan Summerfield - Initiating and imaging biofilm growth (V. parahaemolyticus and P. aeruginosa) on various abiotic substrates

Kirk Larsen

  • Peter Kraus - Aquatic insects of restored streams in northeast Iowa.
  • Kristin Manges - Impact of prairie plantings on highway roadside plant and insect communities
  • Reese Worthington - Scarab beetle biodiversity in northeast Iowa.
  • Alysha Soper - Reese Worthington - Luther insect collection specify database.
  • Eric Anderson - Aquatic insects of restored streams in northeast Iowa.
  • Alysha Soper & Reese Worthington - Luther insect collection specify database.
  • Scott Woodin - Impact of 2008 flood on prairie ground beetles.
  • Eric Anderson - Aquatic insects of restored streams of northeastern Iowa.

Beth Lynch

  • Eric Sievers - Long-term population dynamics of native plant species in mesic forests near Decorah, IA .
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann, Jennie McEllistrem & Shelby Eaton - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann & Jennie McEllistrem - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.
  • Chris Nevala-Plagemann & Jennie McEllistrem - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.
  • Jennie McEllistrem - The effect of landscape context on the sensitivity of vegetation to climate change.

Olga Rinco

  • Kirsten Indrelie - The effect of porphyrin structure on porphyrin-HSA binding
  • Jacob Wessels - . The role of porphyrin structure in porphyrin-HSA binding

2007-08 Academic Year

Eric Baack

  • Dan Stone - Evolution of tolerance of allelopathic invaders.
  • Anna Wikan - Climate changeand Northeast Iowa plants
  • Claire Schrieber - Chromosome invader variation in Iowa prairie plants 
  • Katrina Freund and Andrew Kingsriter - The domestication of sunflower from the wild.

Mark Eichinger

  • Adam Halverson- Optygen testing (Cortisol/Testosterone)
  • Matthew Busche - Cortisol responses in cross country runners.
  • Adam Frye - Ferritin levels in cross country runners.

Jodi Enos-Berlage 

  • Michael Marquardt- Investigation of V. parahaemolyticus type III secretion proteins.
  • Julia Blackmore & Ashley Holland - Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants displaying altered calcium regulation.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Isolation of cosmids that alter calcium regulation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Michael Marquardt - Examination of secreted proteins in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Investigation of V. parahaemolyticus type III secretion proteins.
  • Julia Blackmore & Ashley Holland - Isolation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant displaying altered calcium regulation.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Isolation of tetracycline-sensitive derivatives of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain RS720 and corresponding complementation studies.

Mark Eichinger

  • Matthew Busche - Cortisol responses in cross-country runners.
  •  Adam Frye - Ferritin levels in cross-country runners.

Kirk Larsen

  • Brian Rouse- Ground beetle diversity and plant communities of Luther's Gateway and Anderson Prairies.
  • Tony Brantner - Aquatic insect populations in Waterloo Creek.

2006-07 Academic Year

Scott Carlson

  • Stacie Pleis & Bob Sheridan - Effects of cytochrome P-450 on regional blood flow.
  • Carolyn Starz - Hypertension in rats

Nick Downey 

  • Britta Anderson - Role of TcCbpA in maintenance of minicircles in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Staci Sudenga - Molecular markers for speciation of different pines.
  • Erin O'Dell - Transcription of Trypanosoma congolense PARP genes.
  • Staci Sudenga - Pine tree DNA analysis.
  • Chad Puffer - Characterization of a ClpA homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircle DNA in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Britta Anderson & Erin O'Dell - Characterization of the trascription of a Procylin homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Chad Puffer - Characterization of a ClpA homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircle DNA in Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Britta Anderson & Erin O'Dell - Characterization of the trascription of a Procylin homologue in Trypanosoma congolense.

Jim Eckblad

  • Matt Hoegh & Dan McAdam - Secondary production of backwater lakes of the Mississippi River.

Mark Eichinger

  • Adam Bohach - Salivary corticol levels in response to maximal exercise in collegiate cross country runners. 
  • Craig Myrum- Determination of pulmonary vascular volume through dye-indicator dilution.
  • Andrew Heggen - Establishment of a saline-perfused rat lung model and the influence of voluntary wheel exercise on pulmonary vascular reactivity in rats.
  • Adam Bohach - Salivary corticol levels in response to maximal exercise in collegiate cross country runners.
  • Amy Larson & Emily Quealy - Visualization of pulmonary V1 vasopressin receptors through use of a fluorescent analogue.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Julia Blackmore & Ashley Holland - Isolation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium regulated genes
  • Jennifer Lambrecht -  Isolation of tetracycline-sensitive derivatives of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain RS720 and corresponding complementation studies.
  • Michael Marquardt - Conjugation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strain RS720 using a cosmid pool, and examination of secreted proteins in V. parahaemolyticus.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Identifying genes involved in calcium sensing and response in bacteria.
  • Michael Marquardt - Analysis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus colonial cell organization using confocal microscopy.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants having alterations in calcium sensing and response mechanisms.
  •  Nicholas Kelley - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus capsular polysaccharide in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus biofilm formation in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus capsular polysaccharide in response to altered calcium condition.

Marian Kaehler

  • Steven Kain - Subcloning Nectria DNA for sequence analysis.

Joseph Krieg

  • Amy Kristapovich - Landscape research, Luther College

Kirk Larsen

  • Kevin Kenealy - A comparison of the aquatic insects of Waterloo Creek, Duck Creek, South Pine Creek, with Brook Creek, a new stream created in 2004.
  • Michelle Burns - Ground beetles of NE Iowa Prairies.

Beth Lynch

  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.
  • Stesha Dunker, Matthew Kinney, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.

Tex Sordahl

  • Katie McVey- Use patterns at a seasonal communal Turkey Vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.
  • Katie McVey- Use patterns at a seasonal communal Turkey Vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.

2005-06 Academic Year

Scott Carlson

  • David Zelinskas, Nick Leslein, Cody Honl & Tim Holcomb - Regional blood flow responses to cytochrome P-450 4A inhibition.

Nick Downey

  • Chad Puffer - CbpA-like protein binding of minicircles of Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircles from Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Chris Bellinder- Role of NDAJ in mitochondrial genome maintenance.
  • Andrea Lach Dean & John Lidvall - Western blot analysis of cytochrome P-450 4A expression.

Mark Eichinger

  • Daniel Durbin and Andrew Heggen - Pulmonary vascular relaxation to arginine vasopressin following voluntary exercise.
  • Mark Eichinger - Craig Myrum and Stephanie Novak - Pulmonary microvascular eNOS content and structural remodeling following voluntary exercise

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Adam Roos - Phenotypic and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Investigating calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus by using 2-D gel electrophoresis to analyze total cellular proteins.
  • Jaqueline Allen - Using Southern blots to analyze Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Adam Roos - Phenotypic characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus capsular polysaccharide in response to  altered calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Quantitation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus biofilm formation in response to altered calcium conditions.
  • Jennifer Lambrecht - Characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants having alterations in calcium sensing and response mechanisms.
  • Michael Marquardt -  Analysis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus colonial cell organization using confocal microscopy.   

Marian Kaehler

  • Leah Doerr & Dana Strandjord - Sequence characterization of Nectria cosmid. 

Kirk Larsen

  • Abbey Chamberlin - Insects of a habitat restoration along Waterloo Creek. 
  • Katie Hopp - Terrestrial insect inputs into Waterloo Creek.

Beth Lynch

  • Stesha Dunker, Matthew Kinney, T.J. Webb & Danelle Whyte - Reconstructing fire history from charcoal in lake sediments in the northwestern Wisconsin pine barrens.
  • Katie Jensen - Morphological and isotopic analysis of charcoal.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte & Matt Kinney - Forest fire history of the northwest Wisconsin sand plain.
  • Katie Jensen - Morphological and isotopic analysis of charcoal.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte & Matt Kinney - Forest fire history of the northwest Wisconsin sand plain

Tex Sordahl

  • Katie McVey- Use patterns at a seasonal communal Turkey Vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.
  • Paul Skrade - Use patterna and behavior at a turkey vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.

2004-05 Academic Year

Scott Carlson

  • David Zelinskas, Nick Leslein, Cody Honl  & Tim  Holcomb - Regional blood flow responses to cytochrome P-450 4A inhibition.
  • Andrea Lach Dean  & John Lidvall - Western blot analysis of cytochrome P-450 4A expression.

Nick Downey

  • Chad Puffer - CbpA-like protein binding of minicircles of Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Karen Kaluza - Characterization of minicircles from Trypanosoma congolense.
  • Chris Bellinder - role of NDAJ in mitochondrial genome maintenance.

Jim Eckblad

  • Melissa Howie, Trish Young, Karl Swenson & David Schultz - Musculium populations of Big Lake on the Mississippi River. 
  • Michael Swenson, Ben Reynolds & Betsy Evans - Secondary production of backwater lakes of the Mississippi River.

Mark Eichinger

  • Andrew Heggen - Establishment of the saline-perfused rat lung model and approaches to whole-lung assessment of pulmonary vascular reactivity.
  • Daniel Durbin - Pulmonary vascular reactivity following voluntary exercise (saline-perfused lung model).
  • Craig Myrum & Stephanie Novak - Pulmonary microvascular eNOS content and structural remodeling following voluntary exercise.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  •  Adam Roos - Phenotypic and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch - Site-directed mutagenesis of a calcium-regulated gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Using Southern blots to analyze Vibrio parahaemolyticus murants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Adam Roos - Isolation and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Phenotypic characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Adam Roos -  Phenotypic and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley -  Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.
  • Heather Pontasch -  Investigating calcium-regulated gene expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus by using 2-D gel electrophoresis to analyze total cellular proteins.
  • Adam Roos - Using Southern blots to analyze Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated genes.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Using electron microscopy to investigate Vibrio parahaemolyticus cell morphology in response to growth under varying calcium conditions.

Jon Jensen

  • Amy Morey - Analysis of biodiesel quality testing - Luther College

Marian Kaehler

  • Leah Doerr & Dana Standjord - Sequence characterization of Nectria cosmid.

Kirk Larsen

  • Abbey Chamberlin - Insects of a habitat restoration along Waterloo Creek.
  • Katie Hopp - Terrestrial insect inputs into Waterloo Creek.
  • Derek Broman & Mike Thompson - A comparison of the aquatic insects of Brook, Waterloo and South Pine Creeks. 
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle Whyte, Matt Kinney & Scott Buccola - Forest fire history of the northwest Wisconsin sand plain.

Beth Lynch

  • Katie Jensen - Morphological and isotopic analysis of charcoal.
  • Stesha Dunker, T.J. Webb, Danelle White & Matt Kinney - Forest fire history of northwest Wisconsin sand plain.

Tex Sordahl

  • Paul Skrade - Use pattern and behavior at a turkey vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.
  • Katie McVey - Use pattern and behavior at a turkey vulture roost in northeastern Iowa.

2003-04 Academic Year

Jim Eckblad

  • Bret Powell & Nick Leslein - Mussels of the Yellow River
  • Leah Doerr & Katie McVey

Scott Carlson

  • David Zelinskas - Hypertension research.

Mark Eichinger

  • Andrew Schatz - Determination of pulmonary vascular activity following acute, voluntary exercise in rats. 
  • Peggy Whittle & Karen Elliott - Assessment of lung endothelial nitric oxide synthase levels following exercise.
  • Craig Myrum - Effect of short-term exercise on lung vascular remodeling.
  • Stephanie Novak - Assessment of pulmonary arteriolar nitric oxide synthase content following voluntary exercise.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Adam Roos -  Isolation and molecular characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in calcium-regulated gene.
  • Melissa Christopherson -  Investigating colonial cell organization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in cell surface components.
  • Josh Larson -  Investigating the effect of calcium on Vibrio parahaemolyticus using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Nicholas Kelley -   Phenotypic characterization of a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Jacqueline Allen -  Genetic characterization of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Leigh Wheaton -  Investigating colonial cell organization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in cell surface components.
  • Heather Pontasch - Site-directed mutagenesis of a calcium-regulated gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Phenotypic characterization of a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Jon Aanestad - Isolation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus opaque colony variants.
  • Nicholas Kelley -  Analysis of expression patterns of a collection of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Melissa Christopherson -  Phenotypic characterization of a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Josh Larson - Investigating the effect of calcium on Vibrio parahaemolyticus using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Isolation of calcium-regulated genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Laura Haubrick

  • Lindsey Koele - Isolation of epidermal proteins from Commelina.
  • Andrea Dean - Identification of Arabidopsis mutants based on phenotype and genotype.

Marian Kaehler

  • John Deaton, Jeff Miller, Adam Singer & Amanda Reck - Subcloning Nectria cosmid DNA for sequence analysis.

Kirk Larsen

  • Deneb Woods - Impact of habitat change on ground beetle communities.
  • Holly Johnson - Forest fire intensity impacts on ground beetles of the Black Hills.
  • Katie Hopp - Aquatic insects of Waterloo Creek.
  • Jarrod Quinlivan - Terrestrial insects along Waterloo Creek.
  • Nick Schmidt - Insects of northeastern Iowa.
  • Paul Skrade - Impact of habitat change on insects of Waterloo Creek.
  • Katie Hopp - Terrestrial insects of Waterloo Creek.

Beth Lynch

  • Kelly Crouthamel - Comparison of stomatal morphology in conifer genera native to Wisconsin.
  • Katie Jensen, Steffen Merten, Yee Seir Kee & Leah Dunham - Forest fire history in the Wisconsin pine barrens.

Tex Sordahl

  • Christine Liggett - Distribution of color morphs of the Eastern Screech-Owl in Iowa.

2002-03 Academic Year

Scott Carlson

  • Andrew Olson & Laura Gellhaus - Role of cytochrome P450-4A in the regulation of blood pressure in normotensive and hypertensive rats.
  • Laura Gelhaus & Jessica Hodgson - Role of estrogen in diabetes.
  • Bethany Schauder - Role of estrogen in aging.
  • Andrew Olson - Role of hepatic cytochrome P450 in hypertension.
  • Laura Gelhaus - Diabetes and estrogen therapy. 
  • Andrew Olson - Role of cytochrome p450-4A in arterial pressure.
  • Adam Morrisey, Nigel Millard & Katie Haugen - Estrogen and diabetes.
  • Betany Schauder - Estrogen and cognitive function.

Jim Eckblad

  • Erica Crowser & Jenny Krepela - Fall reproductive effort in Musculium.

Mark Eichinger

  • Andrew Schatz - Determination of pulmonary vascular reactivity following acute, voluntary exercise in rats.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Carrie Keenan - Using confocal microscopy to characterize Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants defective in biofilm formation.
  • Michelle Jaeger - Using electron microscopy to characterize Vibrio parahaemolyticus calcium-induced morphological changes.
  • Melissa Christopherson - The effect of calcium on bacterial cell organization.
  • Nicholas Kelley - Characterization of defects in polysaccharide production.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Identification of calcium-regulated mutants in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Melissa Christopherson - Characterization of protein expression in a Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutant defective in a calcium-regulated gene.
  • Michelle Jaeger - Examination of surface-attached Vibrio parahaemolyticus using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Carrie Keenan - Examining the effects of calcium on bacterial surface colonization using confocal microscopy.
  • Melissa Christopherson - Investigating changes in gene expression in response to altered calcium.
  • Michele Jaeger - Using scanning and transmission electron microscop to examine cell morphology of Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Jacqueline Allen - Examining the effects of calcium on bacterial motility.

Laura Haubrick

  • Mary Kvitrud - Signal transduction and gene expression in guard cells.
  • Brooke Heineman - C3-binding proteins of Streptococcus

Marian Kaehler

  • Janelle Kime, Gwen Lykken, KariAn Lee & Sara Pulvermacher - Cosmid subcloning and sequence analysis in Nectria CD chromosomes.

Kirk Larsen

  • Deneb Woods - Impact of a prairie reconstruction on ground beetle community dynamics.
  • Nick Schmidt - Butterflies in CRP fields - influence on planting type.
  • Ellen Robertson - Caste differentiation based on population size in termites
  • Kelli Reinertson - Dalbulus leafhopper morphological analysis.

Beth Lynch

  • Kelly Crothanel - Fire and vegetation history of a northwest Wisconsin sand plain.
  • Steffen Merten - Reconstruction of forest fire history using sedimentary charcoal
  • Andrew Bronson - Identification of conifer stomatas in lake sediments.

Tex Sordahl

  • Cristina Liggett - Spring bird migration in northeast Iowa.

2001-02 Academic Year

Scott Carlson -  Adam Morrisey & Andrew Olson - Diabetes, estrogen and heart disease.

  • Matt Ough, Erik Vilen, Jeremy Olsen, Ryan Hollenbeck Andrew Olson & Matt Kapalis - Diabetes and estrogen therapy - Neural control of inestion - estrogen and cognitive behavior

Jim Eckblad

  • Leah Campbell & Jen Weier - Population ecology of fingernail clams.

Jodi Enos-Berlage

  • Melissa Christopherson - Investigating colony organization in Vibrio parahaemolyticus using confocal microscopy.
  • Carrie Keenan - Identification of a calcium-regulated gene in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • Michele Jaeger - Investigating the effect of calcium on colony morphology using scanning electron microscopy.

Kevin Kraus

  • Mike LaBelle & Erin Rosenthal - Analysis of Drosophila polycomb group mutants.
  • Janelle Kime & Mary Kvitrud - Microsatellite sequence of fathead minnows.

Kirk Larsen

  • Annie Hanson - Insect pests of native prairie plants.
  • Zach Washburn & Andy Weispfenning - Caddisfly behavior.

Beth Lynch

  • Steffen Merten - Fire history of the Wisconsin pine barrens.

Beverly Smith-Keiling

  • Jenny Krepela & Lindsey Edwards - Extraction of R4 proteins from Group B Streptococcus and determination of pepsin sensitivity and resistance of variable pH conditions.
  • Jenny Dechaine - Detec of T4 genes by PCR, and examination of R1/R4 protein cross reactivity.
  • Brooke Heineman - Identification of a novel protein in Strepcococcus mutants that binds C3 and characterization of antibodies that cross react between S. mutans and Group B Streptotoccal proteins.
  • Jenny Dechaine - PCR analysis of GBS strains and R4.

Tex Sordahl

  • Shannon McMartin - Phenology of a killdeer population in northeastern Iowa.