Mentor: Dr. Taylor Stein
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"When I started research last year, I was seeking to conduct an independent project, get experience in my prospective career, and eventually write a thesis paper on my findings. I applied to the Scholars program because it served as a way to fulfill all of these desires. I hope that I will learn more about how nutrition affects oral microbiota and oral biofilm formation. I also want to gain a firm foundation in conducting projects in the lab and writing scholarly publications through this experience. My goal is to present my findings to the American Society for Nutrition at the Experimental Biology Conference in 2013. I also hope to publish my findings in an academic journal."
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Latin American Studies
- Economic Development
- Human Dimensions of Wildlife Ecology
Hobbies and Interests
- Ultimate Frisbee
Visitor Motivations In Wildlife Tourism
We are conducting visitor surveys to assess visitor motivations and perceptions of crowding while swimming with West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Results will be shared with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and may have potential management implications.