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Research Projects Completed in Biology Courses

Beloit College students complete a variety of research projects in their courses.  Here are some examples:


BIOL 111: Zoology
Students conducted research projects in a variety of topics, including studies of the foraging behavior of eastern grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) on campus and on the Turtle Creek flood plain, and of the Stroop effect on reaction time in human subjects—when the name of a color (e.g., "blue," "green," or "red") is printed in a color not denoted by the name (e.g., the word "red" printed in blue ink instead of red ink), naming the color of the word takes longer and is more prone to errors than when the color of the ink matches the name of the color.

BIOL 343: Animal Behavior
Foraging behavior of gerbils in response to increased predatory risk
Following the leader?  An investigation of ant trailing behavior
Female exposure shifts dominance roles in male house crickets
Sexual dimorphism in wallowing and urination behaviors in the domestic American bison: testing a group cohesion hypothesis

BIOL 247: Biometrics
The effect of temperature on germination of Wisconsin fast plants
The effect of pH on growth of Wisconsin fast plants
You are what you eat: the effect of fish food protein content on growth of goldfish
Effects of moisture sources on survivorship of darkling beetle larvae ("superworms")

BIOL 372: Ecology
Bioremediation of copper by Lemna minor and evaluation with a Daphnia magna bioassay
Toxicity threshold of Lemna minor during copper removal
The effects of simulated solarization on nitrogen availability and plant growth
The effect of fertilizer on seed germination and radicle growth of Raphanus sativus
The negative effects of detergents on the dry mass of transplanted radishes (Raphanus sativus)
Growth of Chlorella vulgaris at different aeration rate