John Conner Almond
Exploring Optimal Foraging Theory and Connectivity in Managed Aquatic Systems with Pond Sliders (Trachemys scripta)
John Conner Almond, a senior majoring in Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, studied pond sliders to learn more about population dynamics and community interactions in aquaculture ecosystems. He studied the spatial and trophic ecology of pond sliders within unique ecosystems and learned how diet and selection for various food resources influenced the movements of aquatic turtles. He hopes his research will help inform the degree to which this organism interacts between different wetlands. Learning more about these types of interactions can provide insight into ecological patterns, wetland conservation and ecosystem management. Almond's undergraduate research advisor was Dr. Scott Rush, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.
News / Recognition
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Katherine Abell, a wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture major, and Zachary Senneff, a forestry major, were among the winners of the 2014 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium. Abell placed first in the community engagement and social sciences categories and Senneff placed second in the biological sciences and engineering category.