John Niedzwiecki (Biology) and three of his undergraduate research students attended the 2011 Southeast Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Meeting held Oct. 21-23 in Reidsville, N.C. The meeting was hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill. The Belmont students presented posters at the meeting and were among 70 presentations and over 100 participants in this year’s meeting. In addition to the poster session the students attended oral presentations from graduate students and faculty from a wide variety of southeastern schools including, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greenville, NC State, UGA, Emory, UVA, ECU, UF and UT. The students enjoyed and learned from the keynote speaker about cooperative breeding birds as “superorganisms” to a final talk summarizing parthenogenesis across snakes.
The Belmont student posters were:
Abader Almowasi’s poster was titled Habitat perception and the anti-predator response of Physid snail; Kelsey Grant’s poster was titled Distance perception of a predator though a chemical cue in a Physid snail; Nicholas Kirk’s poster was titled The effect of development on bird diversity along a stream corridor.