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Invertebrates Research Projects at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Biological Field Station near Hastings

Invertebrates Research Projects

 

The biodiversity of aquatic, semi-aquatic, and near-shore bugs at the Institute to compare their grooming and cleaning behavior. 2014. Lindsey Cnossen. Mentored by Matthew Douglas. Grand Rapids Community College.

 

Biodiversity Survey of Spiders at PCCI and Study of Sexual Size Dimorphism in Order Araneae. 2014. Melena Grady. Mentored by Matthew Douglas. Grand Rapids Community College. (Read Document).

 

Assessing the impacts of European honeybees (Apis mellifera) on native bees in prairie ecosystems. 2014. Jack Kemper and Abraham Bayha. Mentored by Ann Fraser. Kalamazoo College. (Read Document).

 

Interconnectedness of Nymphal and Adult Dragonfly Populations.2013. Jocelyn Faydenko and Lena Butler Mentored by Bradley Swanson. Central Michigan University. (Read Document). (Presentation).

 

Biodiversity, phenology, and thermoregulatory strategies of odonates at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Elaine Sheikh and Dr. Matthew Douglas. 2012. Grand Rapids Community College. (Read Document)

 

Detection of iridoids in snapdragons and methods to observe effects of toxic nectar on pollination behavior of bumblebees. Nicholas C. Smith and Dr. Ann Fraser. 2012. Kalamazoo College. (Read Document)

 

Effects of simulated herbivory on cardenolide levels in Asclepias syriaca and consequences for butterfly pollinators. Mary Wald and Dr. Ann Fraser. 2012. Kalamazoo College. (Read Document)

 

Population structure of the dragonfly Sympetrum obtrusum at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Jocelyn Faydenko, Thomas McVay and Dr. Bradley Swanson. 2012. Central Michigan University. (Read Document)

 

Butterfly insect parasitoid fauna at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Julia Messenger, Alicia Freeman and Dr. Matthew Douglas. 2011. Grand Rapids Community College. (Read Document)


Comparison of ant (Lasius neoniger and Prenolepis imparis) nesting sites at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and the influence of temperature on L. neoniger activity. Kayla Berigan, Bernadette Poirier and Dr. Robb Bajema. 2011. Aquinas Colleg. (Read Document)

Hostplant-derived cardenolide fingerprints as labels of spring migration strategy and a test of the “oogenesis-flight syndrome” in monarch butterfly arrivals to Michigan. Logan Rowe, Joel Stevens and Dr. Stephen Malcolm. 2011. Western Michigan University. (Read Document)

On the Edge: Imperiled butterfly monitoring in Southwest Michigan. Monika Egerer and Dr. Binney Girdler. 2011. Kalamazoo College. (Read Document)

Temporal and spatial changes in monarch butterfly population synchrony in Michigan and density-dependent influences on the incidence of the protozoan parasite, Ophryocystis elektroscirrha. Joshua E. Armagost, Andrew C. Johnson and Dr. Stephen Malcolm. 2011. Western Michigan University. (Read Document)

Biological inventory of macro moths of PCCI (Lepidoptera noctuioidea). Robin Redemsky and Dr. John Wilterding. 2010. Olivet College. (Read Document)

Colonization of substrate in lotic ecosystems on the macro and micro scale. Joanne Vander Hyde, Alyssa Fleser and Dr. Robb Bajema. 2009. Aquinas College. (Read Document)

Factors that determine distribution of butterflies within complex prairie habitats at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Barry County, MI. Zach Mills and Dr. James Dunn. 2009. Grand Valley State University (Read Document).

Prey preferences in three species of Polistes found in Michigan: P. fuscatus, P. dominulus and P. metricus. Luke McLaughlin, Stephanie Seeley, Dr. Michael Henshaw. 2009. Grand Valley State University. (Read Document)

Defense expression in the aphid Myzocallis asclepiadis. Kerry McMartin and Dr. Stephen Malcolm. 2008. Western Michigan University. (Read Document)

Development and behavioral ecology of Tetrasticus jonsoni (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Fahimeh Baziari and Dr. David Cowan. 2008. Western Michigan University. (Read Document)

Native bee diversity of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Sarah Arnosky and Dr. Ann Fraser. 2008. Kalamazoo College. (Read Document)

Chemical defense dynamics in milkweed-aphid interactions. Eric Wohlford (Kalamazoo College) and Dr. Steve Malcolm. 2007. Western Michigan University (Read Document).

Lepidopterans and Hemipterans and their use as prairie bioindicators. Caly Koperski and Dr. James Dunn. 2007. Grand Valley State University. (Read Document)

Foraging habits of Neoantistea magna (Araneae: Hahniidae). Wade Engers and Dr. Tom Bultman. 2006. Hope College (Read Document)

Natural history and reproductive biology of a Hahniid spider in Southwestern Michigan. Daniel Gardner and Dr. Tom Bultman. 2006. Hope College. (Read Document)

Preliminary inventory of the moth fauna of the fen and cedar swamp complexes at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Pam Gleave and Dr. John Wilterding III. 2006. Olivet College. (Read Document)

The effect of habitat condition on the abundance of freshwater copepods. Danielle Hunt and Dr. Steve Kohler. 2006. Western Michigan University. (Read Document).

A comparison of cursorial arachnofauna at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and Hope College nature preserve. David DeWitt and Dr. Tom Bultman. 2005. Hope College. (Read Document)

A survey of macroinvertebrates of the lentic and lotic ecosystems of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. David Baylis and Lareina Van Strien and Dr. Robb Bajema. 2005. Aquinas College. (Read Document)

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