Claudia Sanchez

Mentor: Dr. Ann Wilkie
College of Soil and Water Science
 
"I became involved with research because I wanted to strengthen my background in science in a way that could prepare me for the future. I love to learn new things and I knew that through research, I would have the opportunity to expand my knowledge by learning from professionals and what they do to better the community."

Major

Animal Science

Minor

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Research Interests

  • Science
  • Environment
  • Animals

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016
  • Bright Futures Medallion Scholar 2013-2017

Organizations

  • Minority Pre-Vet Club
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Union de Estudiantes Puertoriqueños Activos

Volunteer

  • Seminole County Animal Services
  • Patty's Parrot Palace
  • Animal Health Clinic in Belize Central America

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing Violin
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Helping Animals
  • Research

Research Description

Methane Potential of Sheep and Goat Manure
Anaerobic digestion is a process in which gases such as methane and carbon dioxide are produced from organic materials. Methane gas has the potential to be used as a source of energy. In this research project a literature review will be used to research the usage of goat and sheep manure in anaerobic digesters. The methane potential of goat and sheep manure will be assessed using a Bordeaux stirrer reactor in three rounds of experiments and with volumetric displacement method. The substrates involved in the experiment are goat manure or sheep manure. Glucose or cellulose will be added to assess the efficiency of each substrate. The methane potential of the substrates will be compared to assess if they could be an efficient source of energy. For further analysis, the effluents after the experiments will be tested for nutrient concentrations, alkalinity, and pH to evaluate their ability to be used as biofertilizer.