Undergrads, grads present work at NYC Student Conference on Conservation Science

Seven Princeton University undergraduates and three graduate students presented their research at the 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City Oct. 11-13. The conference was co-sponsored by Princeton and organized by the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

Seven Princeton University undergraduates presented their research at the 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Pictured above at the conference are (clockwise from left) Quinn Parker, Sonia Howlett, Luke Carabbia, Kathryn Didion, Lily Reisinger, Ayla Allen, Dan Rubenstein, and Michelle Greenfield.

For undergraduates, the SCCS is a prestigious opportunity to interact with and have their work reviewed by experienced scientists, said Dan Rubenstein, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and director of the Program in Environmental Studies. The SCCS-New York is one of the sister conferences to the original SCCS begun in 2000 by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

“SCCS is mostly for graduate students and getting a talk there is hard — undergraduate participation is even rarer,” said Rubenstein, who accompanied the undergraduates to New York. “Our students have created some great posters. They will have the opportunity to network and receive lots of feedback. It’s a very good opportunity for students who want to go to graduate school or work in the nonprofit sector.”

Discussing their posters at the SCCS are, from left to right, Ayla Allen, Luke Carabbia and Quinn Parker.

The Princeton undergraduates who presented posters of their work at the SCCS are listed below, including their class year, major and the title of their research. The slideshow at bottom features the students’ research posters and can be viewed in full-screen mode.

  • Ayla Allen ’18 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), “Primates of Pacaya Samiria: Population Dynamics in A Changing Climate”
  • Luke Carabbia ’19 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), “Parental Food Allocation in the Greater Ani: Nestling Gapes May Act as Supernormal Stimulus”
  • Kathryn Didion ’19 (English), “Education to Combat Land Degradation in Rural Kenya”
  • Lily Reisinger ’18 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), “The Role of Vector-Transmitted Disease in Declining Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) Populations”
  • Michelle Greenfield ’18 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), “Effect of Anthropogenic Injuries on the Social Associations of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncates) in Sarasota Bay, Florida”
  • Sonia Howlett ’18 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), “Competition Between Native and Introduced Species in the Food Web of the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz”
  • Quinn Parker ’18 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), “Assessing Microcebus ravelobensis (Golden-brown Mouse Lemur) Populations Across Anthropogenic Landscapes in the Mahamavo Forest Region, Madagascar”

Three Princeton graduate students in ecology and evolutionary biology also displayed their work or presented it during an SCCS session:

  • Kaia Tombak discussed her research, “Dietary Flexibility and Health Indicators in Zebras Facing Nutrient Declines,” during the session on species and habitats;
  • Alexandra DeCandia presented her work, “Genetic Underpinnings of Disease Susceptibility in Yellowstone Wolves,” for the session on genetics; and
  • Elizabeth Heppenheimer presented a poster on her project, “Genetic Variation in Recently Expanded Eastern Coyote (Canis latrans) Populations.”