Research & Creative Activities
at Western Washington University

      Merrill Peterson
      Biology
          Front page newspaper image of website
        Collaborative effort between Computer Science and Biology Students to create an online identification guide to more than 1,200 species of moths.
        http://pnwmoths.biol.wwu.edu
          Image of a Grammia ornata moth
        Grammia ornata
        © 2012 Merrill Peterson
          Image of a Nadata gibbosa moth
        Nadata gibbosa
        © 2012 Merrill Peterson
          Image of a Paonias myops moth
        Paonias myops
        © 2012 Merrill Peterson
          Image of a Tyria jacobaeae moth
        Tyria jacobaeae
        © 2012 Merrill Peterson
        Gigi Berardi
        Environmental Studies
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        Resilience Farm Project
        (NIFA-CRIS-USDA funded)
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        Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonable, and Sustainable (FLOSS) Foods
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        Brian Bingham
        Shannon Point Marine Center
        Collecting intertidal sea anemone for studies of symbiosis.
          PAM fluorometer measuring algae in an anemone
        PAM fluorometry can be used to study photosynthesis of symbiotic algae living in the tissues of sea anemones.
          student using a PAM fluorometer in tidal pools
        Field studies show that intense light and high temperature can affect symbiosis, leading to bleaching of the anemones.
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        Wayne Landis' Graduate Student Eleanor Hines
        Institute of Environmental Toxicology
          student with a variety of landscape plants
        Stormwater Research Center at WSU Puyallup


        Calculation of risk to Coho Salmon due to the various components of an urban landsape



          student in field of Stormwater Research Center
        Stormwater Research Center at WSU Puyallup




        and how the implementation of low impact development (LID or green infrastructure) may reduce the risk.


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        Marion Brodhagen
        Biology
          Students around poster
        Brodhagen Lab Group, June 2012 Isolation of native soil microbes that break down biodegradable plastic polymers
          student grinding fungi
        Grinding the fungi for DNA extraction – Andrew Ely
          student loading DNA
        Loading DNA for analysis by gel electrophoresis     - Graham Bailes
          student working at computer
        Bioinformatic analysis – Megan Leonhard
        Native soil bacteria that degrade “compostable” plastics
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        Native fungi that degrade “compostable” plastics
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        Robin Matthews
        Institute for Watershed Studies
          Image of Algae
        Micrasterias (desmid) from Vogler Lake - Freshwater Algae Program
          Image of Algae
        Eremosphaera (green algae) from Highwood Pond - Freshwater Algae Program
        Closterium (common desmid) - Freshwater algae program
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        Eunotia hemicyclus (uncommon diatom) from Evan Pond - Freshwater algae program
          Student sampling Lake Cavanaugh
        Jessie Rosanbalm sampling Lake Cavanaugh – IWS Small Lakes Program
          Student sampling Fazon Lake and duck
        Peter Bryant sampling Fazon Lake - IWS Small Lakes Program
          Image of Lake Whatcom
        Lake Whatcom shoreline - IWS has studied Lake Whatcom since 1962
          image of IWS staff on boat at Lake Whatcom
        Mike Hilles (IWS Staff) sampling Lake Whatcom
          Early sampling boat -- WWU was WWSC
        Early Institute for Freshwater Studies (IWS) sampling boat
        Janet Finlay
        Psychology
          stuend working in lab
        Megan Maynes studying behavior in a transgenic mouse model of brain dysfunction associated with schizophrenia.
          student working on computer
        Hannah  Manning studying behavior in a transgenic mouse model of brain dysfunction associated with schizophrenia.
        Students who presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting WWU undergraduate students, Nicole Bazar, Ginger Dunham, Chelsea Newton, Twee Nguyen, Trish Reppar, Andrea Schiller, and Ilana Snitkovski, present their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting
          Lab students relaxing after an evening trail ride

         

        All work and no horseplay …
        Finlay Lab on an evening trail ride.
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        Ken Rines
        Physics/Astronomy
          student staning under a telescope
        Steven Wilhelmy on a research trip to the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) on Mt. Hopkins in Arizona. Steven collected new spectra of galaxies in clusters to test models of galaxy formation.  Steven is pictured with a FLWO 1.5-m telescope and the FAST spectrograph used to measure redshifts of galaxies for his senior thesis project. 
          Student standing under a telescope
        Steven pictured with the MMT 6.5-m (diameter) telescope also on Mt Hopkins used by other students to collect data for their project.

     

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