Undergraduate research is a valuable experience for our majors.
Many students are involved in field research with me while others focus on learning
and using molecular techniques such as DNA sequencing and DNA fingerprinting. These
projects tend to have broad applications in evolutionary, ecological or conservation
biology. Student projects tend to last at least 2 semesters. Students regularly present
their work both on campus at SURF and off campus at region professional meetings
such as ASB and NCAS. The techniques learned in this these projects serve students
well as they go on to graduate or professional schools after leaving Elon.
Examples of recent student collaborations include:
* generating and comparing mtDNA sequences from lizards living in different environments
* examining morphological and genetic variation in cricket frogs across of region
of geographic range overlap to study the evolution of reproductive isolating mechanisms
* sampling genetic variation in lizards across an environmental gradient in western
* comparing DNA sequences among populations that have been isolated by manmade barriers
such as an interstate highway
* developing genetic markers by screening DNA libraries