Elon University

Current and Past Student Members

A number of students have filtered their way through the Aquatic Botany Lab. Below is a selection of just a few students (and their research projects) who have contributed to the ongoing mission of the laboratory.

Wendy Turner (Grad. 2007)

Wendyís research project focused on plant-water relation in emergent wetland plants. This includes plant physiological modifications during water deficits.

After graduating, Wendy enrolled at the California Western School of Law with interests in† environmental law.


Adam Frank (Grad. 2007)

Adamís honors thesis considers the role of plant hormones in controlling plant water relations. He is using a combination of physiological and molecular tools to address issues in water conservation in plant tissues.†

After graduating Adam entered the Ph.D. program at NC State University focusing on† aquatic ecology.†


Gennie Romanello (Grad. 2007)

Gennieís undergraduate research focuses on the physiological ecology of wetland plants. Her research involves both field and laboratory studies. She is also studying the eco-physiology of the invasive plant Japanese stilt grass.

After graduating Gennie enrolled in the M.S. program at Penn State University studying wetland ecology.†††

Laura Iannacone (Grad. 2006)

Lauraís primary project was to evaluate phytoplankton (including harmful algae) in freshwater systems in Namibia (Africa). She was also involved in wetland-drought studies funded by USGS and WRRI.

After graduating Laura continued her education at Vanderbilt's nurse practitioner program.


Kirsten Rhodes (Grad. 2009)

Scott Russell (Grad. 2009)

Mariana Poole (Grad. 2010)

Gracen Smith (Grad. 2009)

Kirstenís research includes the importance of plant hormones on plant-water relations in emergent hydrophytes .

After graduating Kirsten entered graduate school at the University of Georgia studying Marine Science.


Scott was studying the affects of environmental parameters in promoting cyanobacterial blooms in the lower Pamlico River estuarine system. He developed computer-based models that predict bloom conditions.

After graduating Scott entered graduate school at the University of Georgia studying Bioinformatics.


Marianaís research considered salt relations in coastal wetland plants. She evaluated a number of biophysical components to help understand plant responses to sudden changes in salinity.

After graduating Mariana entered the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.†††


Gracenís research addressed physiological questions concerning plant-salinity relations in coastal wetland plants. This included changes in water potential due to different salinity challenges.†

After graduating Gracen entered graduate school at Villanova University studying Biology.