Several Missouri State University biology students attended the Missouri Natural Resources Conference (MNRC) Feb. 4-6 in Osage Beach, Missouri.
About their research
Biology students attended and presented their work:
- Susan Anderson, student of Drs. Chris Lupfer and Tom Tomasi, presented “UV-C Light Exposure as a Possible Treatment Method against Pseudogymnoascus Destructans on Susceptible Bat Species Fibroblasts.”
- Kate Bebee, student of Dr. Quinton Phelps, presented “Assessing Gizzard Shad Population Dynamics in the Upper Mississippi River.”
- Maddie Cogar, student of Phelps, presented “Macroinvertebrate Drift Dynamics: Implications for Sturgeon Conservation.”
- Elaine Ewigman, Ethan Rutledge, Colby Gainer, Kristen Bouska and Andy Bartels, students of Phelps, presented “Gizzard Shad Habitat Use in the Upper Mississippi River.”
- Hae Kim, student of Phelps, presented a project titled “Application of a Traditional Fisheries Management Technique on a Newly Established Fish Species in North America.”
- John Kincaid, student of Dr. Babur Mirza, presented “Bacterial Source Tracking of Greene and Polk County Waterways Utilizing Next-Generation Sequencing.”
- Henry Priest, Colton McKivitz, Coty Prunest, Hae Kim, Gainer and Rutledge, students of Phelps, presented “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Zote Soap Baited Trotlines.”
About the conference
MNRC annually welcomes approximately 1,000 established and aspiring natural resource professionals.
Through the conference, such professionals exchange information and ideas.
Their interactions encourage continued cooperation among resource professionals, agencies and other natural resource stakeholders.
“Because this conference is widely attended by professionals in wildlife and fisheries management around the state, it is an excellent opportunity for our students to network and to showcase their research,” Dr. Alicia Mathis, department head of biology, said.