Augustana Students, Faculty Present Posters at Regional, National Biology Conferences

 

Seven current and former Augustana students and two biology professors co-presented posters at the 67th annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, held June 3-6, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Augustana students swept the top three places in the meeting’s undergraduate poster competition at the meeting.

  • Courtney Moore, a junior biology major from Isanti, Minn., won first place for her poster “The effect of wind-turbine induced vibration on the reproductive behavior of the endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)" with Dr. Daniel R. Howard.
  • Brooke Woelber, a junior biology major from Pipestone, Minn., took second place for her poster “Reproductive trade-offs in the burying beetle Nicrophorus marginatus: does parental competitive environment influence offspring sex ratio or brood size dynamics?” with Dr. Howard. 
  • Claire Bestul, a junior biology major from Faribault, Minn., took third place for her poster “Burying beetle bioacoustics: The role of sound in Nicrophorus intraspecific communication” with Dr. Carrie L. Hall.

Other Augustana student presenters include:

  • Ashley Schmidt, a junior biology major from Mitchell, S.D., presented the poster “Seismic signaling in the New Zealand Deinacrida: substrate-borne vibration mediates agonistic interactions in the Cook Strait giant weta (D. rugosa)" with Dr. Howard.
  • Adrienne Conley, a 2012 graduate and biology major from Madison, Wis., presented the poster “Does sound matter? The influence of stridulation in competition for carrion resources in burying beetles (Silphidae: Nicrophorus)" with Dr. Hall.
  • Nicole Lindsey, a 2011 biology graduate and Spirit Lake, Iowa, native, presented the poster “Deliberate alteration of the elytra of Nicrophorus americanus Olivier (Coleoptera: Silphidae) during field surveys alters acoustic characters: consequences for reproduction and conservation” with Dr. Hall.
  • Morgan DePerno, a sophomore biology major from Sioux Falls, S.D., presented the poster “Burning issues in conservation biology: The effect of reproductive season prescribed fire on an endangered insect species” with Dr. Hall.
  • Dr. Howard presented the poster “Male acoustic advertisement patterns and female mate choice in the lek-mating prairie mole cricket (Gryllotalpa major Saussure),” a paper co-authored with five Augustana College students and Dr. Hall.
  • Dr. Hall presented the poster “Spatial distribution, habitat preference, and population estimate of the endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in a highly disturbed grassland-forest mosaic," co-authored with Dr. Howard.

In addition, Howard, Hall and three current Augustana students co-presented posters at the 49th annual meeting of Animal Behavior Society and the 24th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, held June 10-14, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Ashley Schmidt presented the poster “Vibrational signaling mediates agonistic interactions in the Cook Strait giant weta” with Dr. Daniel R. Howard. Schmidt won honorable mention in the ABS Genesis Undergraduate Poster Competition, selected as one of the top posters among the 184 presented at the national scientific meeting.
  • Claire Bestul presented the poster “The effect of wind turbine-induced vibration on subsoil animal reproductive behavior: a test of the sensory pollution hypothesis in the endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)” with Dr. Howard.
  • Courtney Moore presented the poster “Male display patterns and female choice in a lek-mating subsoil insect” with Dr. Howard.
  • Dr. Carrie L. Hall presented the poster “The influence of stridulation in competition for carrion resources in burying beetles.”

Courtney Moore, Claire Bestul and Brooke Woelber
Courtney Moore, Claire Bestul and Brooke Woelber

Ashley Schmidt
Ashley Schmidt