REU poster presentation at USC Upstate

Student Outcomes (2015-2017 Cohorts) as of October 2017

Radioecology REU undergraduate students funded by NSF are in bold italics with superscripts indicating their cohort (1 = 2015; 2 = 2016; 3 = 2017). Other participating undergraduates are underlined.
 

Publications

  1. Seaman, J.C., E.R. Dorward1, D. Li, H. Chang, M. Tandukar, and F.M. Coutelot. In review. Removal of Radioactive Materials from Groundwater Using Iron Composite Media. Submitted to Water Research.
  2. Kennamer, R.A., R.E. Oldenkamp, J.C. Leaphart, J.D. King1, A.L. Bryan Jr., and J.C. Beasley. 2017. Radiocesium in migratory aquatic game birds using contaminated U.S. Department of Energy reactor-cooling reservoirs: a long-term perspective. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 171:189-199.
  3. Smith, J.B., L.J. Laatsch1, and J.C. Beasley. In press. Spatial complexity of carcass location influences vertebrate scavenger efficiency and species composition. Submitted to Nature-Scientific Reports.
  4. McArthur, J V., C.A. Dicks2, A.L. Bryan, and R.C. Tuckfield. In press. The effects of low-level ionizing radiation and copper exposure on the incidence of antibiotic resistance in lentic biofilm bacteria. To appear in Environmental Pollution.
  5. Russell, A.L., M.K. Brown2, M.L. Lambert2, T.D. Tuberville, and M.A. Pilgrim. 2016. Mercury bioaccumulation in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) among three wetlands on the Savannah River Site. USC Upstate Student Research Journal 9:43-52.
  6. Brown, M.K.2, A.L. Russell, M.L. Lambert2, T.D. Tuberville, and M.A. Pilgrim. 2016. Mercury bioaccumulation in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) among three wetlands on the Savannah River Site. USC Upstate Student Research Journal 9:19-28.
  7. Thompson, M.1, M. Reed1, M. Pilgrim, S. Unger, and O. Rhodes, Jr. 2015. Mastering medaka culture: improved techniques for increasing egg and fry production in Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes). USC Upstate Student Research Journal 8:26-33.
  8. Cochran, J.P.1, D.L. Haskins, N.A. Eady1, M.T. Hamilton, M.A. Pilgrim, and T.D. Tuberville. Increased levels of trace elements and depressed metabolic rates in eastern mud turtles (Kinosternon subrubrum) exposed to coal combustion residues. To be submitted to Environmental Pollution in Fall 2017.
  9. Jakielaszek, J.3, J.V. McArthur, A.L. Bryan, Jr., and R.C. Tuckfield. The impact of radionuclides and heavy metals on antibiotic resistance in sediment and water column bacteria. To be submitted in Fall 2017.

Senior Theses

  1. Lauren Laatsch1 used her research as an undergraduate thesis with Dr. Beasley as part of her undergraduate degree.
  2. Kyle Brown2 used his REU work with Drs. Melissa Pilgrim and Tracey Tuberville as his senior research project.
  3. Nia Peak2 conducted a senior capstone research project based on the work she completed as an REU under Dr. Stacey Lance.
  4. Kip Callahan3 will be turning his research project with REU mentors Drs. Tracey Tuberville and Melissa Pilgrim into his senior thesis project.
  5. Eric Tokuyama3 will incorporate his REU research with mentor Dean Fletcher into a senior Capstone project.

Oral Presentations at Conferences

  1. Dorward, E.R.1, J.C. Seaman, J. Cochran1, H. Chang, M. Tandukar, and F.M. Coutelot. Removal of Radioactive Materials from Groundwater Using Iron Composite Media. 2016 Annual Soil Science Society of America Meetings. Phoenix, AZ. 6-9 Nov 2016.
  2. Cochran, J.P.1, N.A. Eady1, M.A. Pilgrim, T.D. Tuberville, and D. Haskins. Influence of coal ash contamination on metabolic rates of eastern mud turtles. 12th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. Spartanburg, SC. 8 April 2016.
  3. Cochran, J.P.1, D. Haskins, N.A. Eady1, M.T. Hamilton, M.A. Pilgrim, and T.D. Tuberville. Influence of coal combustion residues on metabolic rates and immune responses in eastern mud turtles (Kinosternon subrubrum). Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Austin, TX. 12-16 Jul 2017.
  4. Leaphart, J.C., A.M. Korotasz1, A.L. Bryan, and J.C. Beasley. Biomagnification of radiocesium (137Cs) in aquatic ecosystems on the Savannah River Site. 2016 Warnell Graduate Student Association Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Feb 2016.
  5. Leaphart, J., A. Bryan, A. Korotasz1, and J. Beasley. Environmental fate of radiocesium in an aquatic and semi-aquatic food web on the Savannah River Site. Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Orlando, FL. 5-9 Nov 2016.
  6. Brown, M.K.2, A.L. Russell, M.L. Lambert2, T.D. Tuberville and M.A. Pilgrim. Bioaccumulation of 137Cs in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) inhabiting former nuclear cooling reservoirs on the Savannah River Site. 13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 14 Apr 2017.
  7. Brown, M.K.2, A.L. Russell, M.L. Lambert2, T.D. Tuberville and M.A. Pilgrim. Bioaccumulation of 137Cs in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) inhabiting former nuclear cooling reservoirs on the Savannah River Site. Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Austin, TX. 12-16 Jul 2017.
  8. Lambert, M.M.2, M.K. Brown2, D.L. Haskins, A.L. Russell, M.A. Pilgrim, and T.D. Tuberville. Sublethal effects of 137Cs and Hg contamination in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana). 13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. 14 Apr 2017.
  9. Seaman, J.C., E. Dorward1, J. Cochran1, H.S. Chang, M. Tandukar, and F.M Coutelot. Removal of Radioactive materials from Groundwater using Porous Iron Composite Media. 14th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE), Zurich, Switzerland. 16-20 July 2017.
  10. Peak, N.2, C.N. Love, R.W. Flynn, D.E. Scott, and S. Lance. Effects of parental and early life exposure to metals on genome methylation in two anuran species. Medical College of Georgia’s 6th Annual Igniting the Dream of Medicine Conference in Augusta, GA. 25 Feb 2017.
  11. Russell, A.L., M.K. Brown2, M.L. Lambert2, T.D. Tuberville, and M.A. Pilgrim. Bioaccumulation of 137Cs in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) inhabiting former nuclear cooling reservoirs on the Savannah River Site. 13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium on 14 Apr 2017.
  12. Dicks, C.A.2, and J.V. McArthur. The interaction of radiation and copper on the incidence of antibiotic resistance. 13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC. 14 Apr 2017.

Poster Presentations at Conferences

  1. Thompson, M.F.1, M.E. Reed1, M.A. Pilgrim, S.D. Unger, and O.G. Rhodes, Jr. Mastering medaka culture: improved techniques for increasing egg and fry production in Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes). 12th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. Spartanburg, SC. 8 Apr 2016.
  2. Korotasz, A.1, C. Leaphart, and L. Bryan. Comparison of 137Cs accumulation in larval and adult ranid species on the Savannah River Site. 12th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC. 8 April 2016.
  3. Eady, N.A.1, J.P. Cochran1, T.D. Tuberville, M.A. Pilgrim, and M.T. Hamilton. Influence of coal ash exposure on eastern mud turtle immune response. 12th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium. University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC. 8 April 2016.
  4. Eady, N.A.1, J.P. Cochran1, T.D. Tuberville, M.A. Pilgrim, and M.T. Hamilton. Influence of coal ash exposure on eastern mud turtle immune response. Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Washington, DC. 29-31 Oct 2015.
  5. Eady, N.A.1, J.P. Cochran1, T.D. Tuberville, M.A. Pilgrim, and M.T. Hamilton. Influence of coal ash exposure on eastern mud turtle immune response. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Seattle, WA. Nov 2015.
  6. Eady, N.A.1, J.P. Cochran1, T.D. Tuberville, M.A. Pilgrim, and M.T. Hamilton. 2016. Influence of coal ash exposure on eastern mud turtle immune response. Trinity Washington University Research Day. Spring 2016.
  7. Burston, D.2, R.W. Flynn, C.N. Love, D.E. Scott, and S. Lance. Influence of long-term environmental contamination and parental body burden on metal tolerance in southern toads (Anaxyrus terrestris). Southeastern Society for Toxicology Conference. Athens, GA. Oct 2016.
  8. Burston, D.2, R.W. Flynn, C.N. Love, D.E. Scott, and S. Lance. Influence of long-term environmental contamination and parental body burden on metal tolerance in southern toads (Anaxyrus terrestris). Society for Toxicology. Baltimore, MD. March 2017.
  9. Carrington, S.1, D. Scott, M. Winzeler, A. Coleman, C. Tapia1, and S. Lance. Presence of ranavirus and chytrid fungus in Lithobates sphenocephalus in long and short hydroperiod wetlands. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences National Conference, Jacksonville, FL. 30 Mar – 2 Apr 2016.
  10. Russell, A.L., M.K. Brown2, M.L. Lambert2, T.D. Tuberville and M.A. Pilgrim. Mercury bioaccumulation in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) inhabiting former nuclear cooling reservoirs on the Savannah River Site. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Austin, TX. 12-16 July 2017.
  11. King, J.D.1, R.E. Oldenkamp, R.A. Kennamer, A.L. Bryan Jr., and J.C. Beasley. Radiocesium (137Cs) uptake in ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris) using a contaminated reservoir on the US-DOE Savannah River Site. Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Arlington, VA. Oct 2015.
  12. Brown, M.K.2, M.L. Lambert2, A.L. Russell, T.D. Tuberville and M.A. Pilgrim. Bioaccumulation of 137Cs in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana) from three wetlands on the Savannah River Site. Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Arlington, VA. Oct 2016.
  13. Lambert, M.M.2, M.K. Brown2, D.L. Haskins, A.L. Russell, M.A. Pilgrim, and T.D. Tuberville. Sublethal effects of 137Cs and Hg contamination in Florida green watersnakes (Nerodia floridana). 6th Annual Sustainability Forum. University of Kentucky. 1 Dec 2016.
  14. Lindell, B.2, J.C. Seaman, J.V. McArthur, and D.E. Fletcher. Distribution of trace elements and Cs-137 in sediments of a Coastal Plain stream impacted by industrial activities. Society of Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. 4-8 June 2017.
  15. Peak, N.2, C.N. Love, R.W. Flynn, D.E. Scott, and S. Lance. Effects of parental and early life exposure to metals on genome methylation in two anuran species. 13th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium in Spartanburg, SC. 14 Apr 2017.

Other Awards

  1. Josh King1 was selected to represent the 2015 Radioecology REU cohort at the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Fall 2015.
  2. Naya Eady1 was awarded (May 2017) and completed a competitively awarded fellowship to the Virginia Tech Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Program.
  3. Mel Thomson1 submitted her REU research as a manuscript to USC Upstate’s Student Research Journal; the submission was the co-recipient of the Best Student Paper Award for the 2015 journal volume.
  4. Kyle Brown2 was selected to represent the 2016 Radioecology REU cohort at the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Fall 2016.
  5. Kyle Brown2 submitted his REU research as a manuscript to USC Upstate’s Student Research Journal; the submission recognized as the co-recipient of the Best Student Paper Award for the 2016 journal volume.
  6. Kyle Brown2 received the 2017 USC Upstate Advanced Undergraduate Information Literacy Award based on the quality and extent of his REU work.