Students regularly engage in research with the faculty during the academic year as well as during the Summer Science Research Program. Students are encouraged to share their research with each other and the faculty at our Friday Informal Seminar Hour. We also encourage students to attend and present at scientific conferences, and Ohio Wesleyan students are often co-authors on peer-reviewed papers.

Examples of Recent Ohio Wesleyan Student Co-Authored Publications

Carreno, R. A.,D. Ordosch*, J. K. Koltek*, D. R. Hamill, and L. Tuhela. (2013). First United States Records of the rhigonematid genera Heth and Ruizia (Nematoda: Rhigonematida) from the introduced millipede, Anadenobolus monilicornis (Diplopoda: Rhinocricidae) in Key Largo, Florida. Comparative Parasitology. Accepted for publication.

Panhuis, T.M., G. Broitman-Maduro, J. Uhrig*, M. Maduro, and D.N. Reznick. (2011). Analysis of Expressed Sequence Tags from the Placenta of the Live-Bearing Fish Poeciliopsis (Poeciliidae). Journal of Heredity 102 (3): 352-361 DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esr002

Burtt, E.H., M.R. Schroder*, L.A. Smith*, J.E. Sroka*, and K.J. McGraw. (2011). Colorful Parrot Feathers Resist Bacterial Degradation. Biology Letters 7(2): 214-216 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0716

Peale, A.M*., E.H. Burtt, M.R. Schroder*, and R.S. Greenbert (2009). Dark Color of the Coastal Plan Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza Georgiana Nigrescens) may be an evolutionary response to Occurrence and Abundance of Salt-Tolerant Feather-Degrading Bacilli in its Plumage. Auk 126(3): 531-535. DOI: 10.1525/auk.2009.08142

Downing, A.L., K.M. DeVanna*, C.N. Rubeck-Schurtz*, L. Tuhela, and H. Grunkemeyer. (2008). Community and Ecosystem Responses to a Pulsed Pesticide Disturbance in Freshwater Ecosystems. Ecotoxicology 17 (6): 539-548. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-008-0211-3

* = OWU undergraduate author

Examples of Recent Presentations of OWU Student Research at Conferences

J.K. Koltek*, R.A. Carreno, D.M. Ordosch*, and D.R. Hamill. (2012). Oxyurid nematodes from cockroaches (Blattaria) in southern Florida with revised morphological characters for Euryconema paradisa and Protrelloides paradoxa. Poster presented at the 87th meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists (Richmond, Virginia).

M. Frost*, S. Johnston*, S. Prange, and R.A. Carreno (2012). Endoparasite survey in bobcats (Lynx rufus rufus) from Ohio. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists (Notre Dame, Indiana).

Burtt, E.H. Jr., A.L. Alamshah*, I.-A. Bisson., and V. Saranathan*. (2012). The Bird as a Microbiome. Invited talk at meeting of Ohio Branch of the American Society of Microbiologists (Cincinnati, Ohio).
L.W. Leister*, A.R. Massouh*, A.R. Plaga*, R.A. Carreno, and D.R. Hamill. (2012). Isolation, Identification, and Characterization of Free-Living Nematodes. C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Meeting (Madison, Wisconsin).

C.A. Smith*, L. Tuhela-Reuning, and S.J. Hankison (2012). A Morphological Study of the Gonopodia of the Mexican Sailfin Mollies. Animal Behavior (regional conference) (Bloomington, Indiana).

S.M. Williams*. and E.H. Burtt, Jr.. (2011). The function of bill color in non-passerines. Meeting of the American Ornithological Union Meeting (Jacksonville, Florida).

S.M. Williams*. and E.H. Burtt, Jr.. (2011). Glare as a selection pressure on bill color of Central and North American Birds. Neotropical Ornithological Congress IX and Peruvian Congress of Ornithology VIII.

M.S. Palmer* and S.J. Hankison (2011). Ultraviolet vision and mate choice in the sailfin molly. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (Charleston, South Carolina).

* = OWU undergraduate author

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3011

Social Media

Facebook Visit Us

Department Contact

Chair: Tami Panhuis
Associate Professor of Zoology
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 350

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201