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Undergraduate Research
Undergraduates are encouraged to collaborate with a faculty member on a research project.  Undergraduate research is a great way to get hands-on experience doing science.  Undergraduate research is also becoming an increasingly important experience to have for applying to both professional school and graduate school.

Recent undergraduate research projects at OSU Lima have included:
  • Effect of habitat on bird reproduction and survival
  • Genetics in salamanders
  • Color patterns and calling behavior in frogs
  • Diet and egg-laying behavior in salamanders
  • Digestive physiology in tadpoles
 
Sam Kramer measuring catbird leg length

Ryan Smith recording toad underwater sounds


Students may also investigate undergraduate research resources at the Undergraduate Research Office in Columbus

OSU Lima student research presentations:

Hasan Sheikh.  2013.  Do smaller salamanders actually lose water at a faster rate during their active period?  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Rebecca Steward.  2013.  Water loss during climbing in plethodontid salamanders of intermediate body size.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Keinan Taja. 2013.  Water loss can affect the climbing behavior of woodland salamanders.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Jacqueline Augustine, Jacob Sawmiller, Luke Krohn, and Kristin Schafer.  2012.  A three-year study of house wren reproduction and feeding rates in three habitats representing varying levels of human disturbance.  North American Ornithological Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

Kristin Schafer.  2012.  Seasonal variation in the song of male house wrens (Troglodytes aedon).  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Jacob Sawmiller.  2012.  Effect of habitat type on parental care in house wrens (Troglodytes aedon).  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Jessica Heinemeier.  2011.  Reliability of using plaster models to measure evaporative water loss of plethodontid salamanders.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Samantha Kramer.  2011.  Evaluation of wetland, prairie, and forest habitats using avian diversity.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Luke Krohn.  2011.  House wren fecundity and nestling visitation rate in natural and altered habitats.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Megan Rutledge.  2011.  The effect of male house wren mating strategy on offspring number, quality and survival rate.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Greg Burgess.  2008.  Coprophagy and cellulose digesting bacteria associated with digestive development in Rana clamitans tadpoles.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Ryan Smith.  2007.  A field study of the amplexus call of the American toad, Bufo americanus.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Jessica Geiger-Hayes, Lisa Regula Meyer.  2006.  Examination of the intestinal contents of Rana clamitans and Rana catesbeiana tadpoles for symbiotic, cellulose digesting bacteria.  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus.

Lisa Regula Meyer.  2005.  Genetic relatedness among several populations of the northern dusky salamander (Desmognathus fuscus).  Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, OSU Columbus and the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Tampa. FL.