Student/Faculty Research

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Students at Marietta College are involved in a large number of projects, ranging from class assignments to independent study, to senior research projects. Some are conducted independently (with the supervision of a faculty member); others are part of ongoing faculty research. The web pages listed below describe a few of these projects.



Previous Capstone Projects:

Title Year Student Advisor
The effect of lipopolysaccharide on B16 melanoma tumor growth in the dorsoscapular region of C57BL/6 mice 2008 Stacey Burgess Spilatro
The effects of photoperiod lengths on the pineal gland and behavior in the common rat. 2008 Melissa Isennock Hogan
The effects of different heavy metal concentrations on Pseduokirchneriella subcapita. 2008 Breanne Kosar Jarrell
The effects of thyroxine concentrations on the metamorphosis of bullfrog tadpoles Rana catesbeiana 2008 Gabby Sanders McShaffrey
Relationship between protein oxidative damage and the lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster 2008 Paige Williams Brown

Butterflies of Washington County
Washington County Odonata Survey
Odonata! (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Seoul Women's University/Marietta College Cooperative Stream Study
Mussels of the Ohio River


Faculty Research Interests Include:

  • Dr. Dave Brown: Toxicology, detection of Manganese in the environment.
  • Dr. Katy Lustofin: Animal behavior, development.
  • Dr. Jen Hancock: Biomechanics of locomotion in birds.
  • Dr. Eric Fitch: Policy development with relation to water issues; policy responses by Pacific nations in response to sea level rise.
  • Dr. Dave McShaffrey: Odonata distribution and flight, Feeding behavior of aquatic insects, box turtle conservation.
  • Dr. Steve Spilatro: Plant lectins.
  • Dr. Almuth Tschunko: Desert plants, biotechnology.
  • Ms. Tanya Troutner-Jarrell: Biology of the mussel Corbicula.