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241 Brehm Hall

Department of Biological Sciences
University of Tennessee at Martin

574 University Street
Martin, TN 38238


My office: 731.881.7177
Depart. Bio Sci: 731.881.7171

FAX: 731.881.7187
nbuschha@utm.edu

 

Undergraduate Research Students (past to present)

I have included a list of my undergraduate reseach students, roughly in the order of when I was their mentor, from the last decade or so. Following each student's name is the institution from which they received their Bachelor's degree and the institutions from which they received advanced degrees, if known. I have included the subject of their project as well as their current occupation, if known.

 

The opportunity to engage undergraduates in research is very important to me as these experiences often open new vistas for students. If you are a UT Martin undergraduate and you are interested in undergraduate research in the areas of behavioral ecology, conservation biology, physiological ecology and/or evolutionary biology, please feel free to contact me.

 

Lis Nelis (Michigan State University; Field Museum of Natural History; PhD, University of Chicago): former NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student at RMBL

Project: The effect of increased begging calls on parent feeding rate and nestling growth rate in a montane population of Tree Swallows

Current occupation: Postdoctoral research associate, Stanford University

Tatiana Vasquez (University of California Riverside; MS University of North Carolina, Chaple Hill): former NSF REU student at RMBL

Project: The effect of nest box temperature on nestling growth rate and parent feeding rate in a montane population of House Wrens.

Current occupation: Adjunct professor, Chaffey College Biology Department and San Bernardino Valley College

Emily Vann (UT Martin): UT Martin University Scholars student

Project: The effect of sex ratio on male display rate in fish

Current occupation: Lawyer in middle Tennessee

 

Amanda Kelly (UT Martin; Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Belmont University): UT Martin University Scholars student

Project: The effect of the frequency of refugia on the male territorial defense in the topminnow

Current occupation: Physical Therapist in middle Tennessee

 

Laura Knipp (UT Martin; MS Clemson University): UT Martin undergraduate; BCI bat project research assistant

Project: The effect of bat box color and orientation on bat use

 

Rachel Lesperance (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate; research intern at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL)

Project: Macroinvertebrate denisty on occupied vs. unoccupied territories in Mountain Bluebirds

 

Jeff Pierce (Duke University; Fulbright recipient, Swaziland): former NSF REU student at RMBL

Project: The effect of scent mound manipulation on the territorial behavior of beaver

 

Crystal Peterson (Western State College): former research intern at RMBL in conjunction with my collaborator, Dr. Jessica Young at WSC

Project: The effect of elevation on nestling growth rate in a montane population of Mountain Bluebirds

Current occupation: Colorado Division of Wildlife Officer

 

Christine Kelly (Ohio University): former research intern at RMBL

Project: The effect of nest box density on nesting success in Mountain Bluebirds

Current occupation: Wildlife Diversity Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

 

Laura Moody Daniel (UT Martin): former UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The effect of removal from the egg mass gel on hatching success in spotted salamanders

Current occupation: pursuing a master's degree in middle Tennessee

 

Valerie Tillman (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The relationship between bat activity and temperature

Current occupation: Pursing a master's degree in Alaska

 

Calie Milliam (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: Red-tailed Hawk perch distribution in urban vs. rural roadways.

 

Amanda Ray (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: Distance to cover and the foraging behavior of white and grey squirrels in Kenton, TN

 

Jessica Johnson (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The effect of temperature on the emergence rate of parasitoid wasps

Current occupation: Pursing a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

Rachel Hazelwood (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: Female bean beetle egg-laying preferences on natal vs. non-natal beans

Current occupation: Pursing a master's degree from Austin Peay University

 

Tianita Duke (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: Macroinvertebrate diversity in a natural riffle, artificial riffle and pool environments

Current occupation: Finishing a master's degree from Austin Peay University and 2009 Southern Appalachian Botanical Society Earl Core Student Award recipient

 

Anna Hartzheim (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The effect of variation in male sex ratio on male aggression in mollies

 

Sabrina Shrader (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The effect of UV radiation on development of green sea urchin embryos

Current occupation: Pursing a master's degree

 

Chris Craig (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The effect of variation in refugia on territorial behavior in male green anoles

 

Andrew Landerman (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: Interspecific aggression and avoidance between bison and elk at the Elk and Bison Priarie, Land Between the Lakes

Current Occupation: Zoo education at the Memphis Zoo

 

Davene King (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The effect of conspecific competitiors on the growth rate of the tobacco hornworm

 

Keith Paluso (UT Martin): UT Martin undergraduate

Project: The efficacy of bat detectors for use in measuring bat diversity in Northwest Tennessee