News Archive - 2009-2010

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New Mexico Trip




At the end of the spring, 2010 semester, 5 Biology and Environmental Science students joined with 3 Biology faculty members, a geologist, and a number of geology and petroleum engineering majors on a 2 week trip to Texas and New Mexico.  Here we learned about desert ecology, desert plants and animals, and the geology of ancient reefs.


Guadalupe Mountains, Texas






Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico 




Muleshoe Mound, New Mexico 







Valley of Fires, New Mexico




White Sands, New Mexico








Very Large Array(VLA), New Mexico


IBA (Itty-Bitty Array)




Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico






 Graduation 2010

Congratulations to our Seniors!


For the second year in a row, the college Valedictorian was a student in the department.  The 2010 Valedictorian was Yi Wang, (pictured above with Dr. Brown).  She was a Biochemistry major who did her capstone project in the department under the supervision of Dr. Spilatro (who had to miss graduation as his son was graduating the same day from another college which will remain unmentioned).  Congratulations!


Spring Awards 2009-2010


David Young Scholarship - Leslie Jaynes


First-Year Achievement in Biology - Monica Maryott


Beta Beta Beta prize for research - Yi Wang

Eggleston-Ruby Prize - Jen Valentic

Capstone Awards:


Health Science  

Joshua Mickle - The protective characteristics of carbon monoxide used for treating ischemia




Yi Wang – The effects of glutamine concentration on the development of B16 melanoma


Congratulations to all our awardees!

Graduates 2010




Ryan Scott Collins
Thomas Justin Daniel
Sarita Leigh Dhiraprasiddhi
Shiyang Lu
Randi Leigh Robertson
Yi Wang
Russellitta Marie Young


Environmental Science



Jesse Joe Daubert
Emily Kathleen Kemble




Megan E. Betteley
Melissa Ruth Browne
Christina Marie Cappadona
Deborah M. Dreyer
Anne Marie Falatach
Sarah Catherine Hathaway
LaMar Darnelle Hunter
Shannon Marie McDonald
Lauren Christine McKiernan
Jeremiah Nathaniel Rockhold
Trevor Philip Short
Emily Christine Siders
Whitney Michelle Swain
Lauren Anne Talasnik



Health Science



Christy Marie Bates
Ashley LaRae Fouss
Natalie Kristine George
Kelsey Lynn Horwell
Shayla N. Johnson
Corey Michael Lemke
Katherine Lauren Mackin
Bobbie J. Marsh
Joshua August Mickle
Alison Jo Miller
Cory Keith Parish
Carissa Michelle Temple
Jennifer Nicole Valentic



Spring 2010 is in full swing at Marietta College

Introductory Biology Lab students participate in the species-area curve lab on the campus lawn.


Spring Picnic 2010

After the Capstone Poster Presentations, the Biology and Environmental Science Department had the annual spring picnic.  Left, Dr. Spilatro on the "hillbilly golf" "course".


Dr. Brown at the grill.

Below: More "golf"


Below: Dr. Lustofin supervises the annual running of the tortoises before their spring migration from winter quarters in the greenhouse to their summer pastures.


Above and Below:  There was plenty to eat for everyone.


Below:  Senior 490 Capstone students, who gave podium and poster presentations of their hands-on research.




Senior Capstone Presentations occurred over 4 nights the week of March 29th, 2010.


March 29th, 2010

Shannon McDonald, Christy Bates. Rob McCollum.  Not Pictured:  Danielle Stevens




March 30th, 2010

Yi Wang, Josh Mickle, Whitney Swain, Sarah Hathaway.





March 31st

Lauren McKiernan, Christina Cappadona, Jen Valentic,  Megan Betteley.


April 1st, 2010

Lauren Talasnik, Carissa Temple, Trevor Short, Cory Parish.




Newport Aquarium/Creation Museum Trip

On September 26th, 2009, about 22 students and 3 faculty drove to the Cincinnati area to see the Newport Aquarium and the Creation Museum.  Students came from several classes, including evolution, ecology, and the Biology 101/105 Learning Community.  The trip was sponsored by the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, with funding help from the freshman year program and the Hartel Fund. 

Above - Outside the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky.

Right: Photographing a terrapin at the aquarium.

Below: at the aquarium.

Above: Humans and dinosaurs together again? at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Left: Adam and Eve enjoy a moment at the Creation Museum.  Not Pictured - the Serpent.

Below: Excavating a fossil diorama at the Creation Museum.  Utah veterans noted how intact the skeleton was.  


The animals board the ark, 2 x 2.  Note dinosaurs.  The Creation Museum presents the 6,000 year old Earth view of Creation.

Fall Picnic

The fall picnic was a big hit.  This year, we combined with the chemistry department and we had a good time and good food.  As usual, Dr. Brown took over the grill.  New this year were a number of games, including the one shown to the left.  The official name of the game was not nearly as interesting as the many names the students came up with for it.

Below: Dr. Tschunko supervises as Scout initiates cleanup.

Fall 2009 Classes Start

Fall classes started back up in August.  Above, 3 students working on a transect at the Barbara A Beiser Field Station.