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Faculty, Students Present Research at Recent Meetings and Conferences

Jan. 16, 2014

Students and faculty members from the Biological Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Geological Sciences Departments recently presented research findings at a number of professional meetings and conferences.

Members of the Fish, Seabird and Conservation Biology Lab presented papers and posters at the Waterbird Society meeting in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, including:

  • Graduate student Cassandra Whitcombe and Michael H. Horn, professor emeritus of biological science, "Dietary and Stable Isotope Analyses Reveal the Role of a Cryptic Prey in the Elegant Tern Thalasseus Elegans Food Web in Southern California Waters."
  • Former NSM graduate assistant Chelsea Rankin and Horn, "Colony Dynamics of Elegant Terns, Thalasseus Elegans, in the Southern California Bight in Relation to Oceanographic Conditions and Predator Disturbance Events"; and
  • Alyssa Leicht and Horn, "Comparison of Dietary Sampling Methods for Nesting California Least Terns (Sternula Antillarum Browni) at Alameda Point in San Francisco Bay and Purisima Point on the Central California Coast.

The presentations also were given at the December California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations conference in La Jolla.

At the November Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research in Whittier:

  • Aneta Jalowicki gave a poster on "Heterocycle Synthesis via One-Electron Oxidation of Nucleophile-Containing Oxime Derivatives." the paper was co-authored by undergraduate students Brittany Grassbaugh, Neha Ansari and Peter de Lijser, professor of chemistry and biochemistry;
  • Undergraduate student Michael Ko read "Mechanistic Studies of Iminoxyl Radical and Radical Cations - Intramolecular Cyclization Reactions With Alkene Derivatives," a poster co-authored by alumnus Wanshin Kim '10 (B.S. biochemistry), now in the doctoral program at Dartmouth College, and de Lijser;
  • Ansari gave a talk on "Use of the Carbonyl Group as a Nucleophile in Photosensitized Electron Transfer Reactions of Oxime Ethers" with co-authors Grassbaugh, Jelowicki and de Lijser; and
  • Undergraduate student Julie Hofstra delivered "Examining Reaction Pathways of Succinic Acid Photo-Oxidation to Improve Climate Models," co-authored by de Lijser and Paula K. Hudson, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

And, at the Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Los Angeles:

  • James F. Parham, assistant professor of geological sciences, gave a platform presentation titled "New Articulated Speciments of Leatherback Sea Turtles From the Cenozoic of North and South America Elucidate the Phylogeny, Diversity, Global Biogeography and Major Evolutionary Trends of Dermochelyids";
  • Undergraduate geology major Katrina Awalt delivered "New Specimens of Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelyidae) From the Miocene of Orange County Shed Light on Morphological Trends." The poster was co-authored by Parham;
  • Graduate student Peter Kloess read "Tracks and Body Fossils Preserve Different Camelid Populations in the Barstow Formation (Miocene) of Southern California"; and
  • Students Gabriel-Philip Santos, Carlos Cortez, Adrian Garibay and Isaac Magallanes joined Parham in presenting "New Records of Terrestrial Vertebrates From an Eocene Bonebed in Orange County, California."

Tags:  Professional Activities