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Students in Louise Wootton's Lab

Undergraduate Honor's Theses Researchers

Graduated Successfully with Honors
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Theresa Censoplano.  Pheromones and smelly t-shirts: Can college-age females detect age-related differences in male pheromones? 2004.

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Azalea-Lisa Chandler. The effects of drainage overflow on the water quality of Twilight Lake, Bayhead, New Jersey.  Graduated with Honors.   2000.

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Adriana Chris (co-mentored with Dr. Carolyn Bergman).  Using microsatellite analysis to assess genetic diversity in the invasive dune grass, Carex kobomugi.   2008

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Kara HendryUse of RAPD analyses to detect genetic variability at the intra-bed level in the invasive sedge, Carex kobomugi. 2004.

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Christy JohnAssessing expression of housekeeping and stress genes in horseshoe crabs exposed to PBDEs 2007

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Jessica Keiper  (co-mentored with Dr. Carolyn Bergman). Determination of  genetic variability in Carex kobomugi. 2008

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Audrey McGough.  Comparison on the value of eel grass (Zostera marina ) with that of widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima ) to the amphipod, Gammarus mucronatus.  (Click here to read Audrey's prize winning abstract for her presentation at the 2002 New Jersey Academy of Sciences Meeting about a previous research project.) 2005

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Sharon Myatt. Use of GIS technology in the management of the invasive sedge, Carex kobomugi: Spatial patterns in distribution, abundance and impact at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. 2004

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Emily Parker. Monitoring results of herbicide treatments and other techniques to manage Carex kobomugi (Asiatic Sand Sedge), an invasive plant species, in New Jersey's Coastal Dunes 2005.

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Jennifer Patterson. Assessing expression of housekeeping and stress genes in horseshoe crabs exposed to PBDEs. 2007

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Courtney Rella.  Are seagrasses in eutrophied areas genetically different to those in more pristine areas? 2005

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Ashley Shaloo. Assessing expression of housekeeping and stress genes in horseshoe crabs exposed to PBDEs. 2007

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Jodi Sisk. Effective methods for building environmental education curricula.  2009

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Heather Snook.  Does the presence of cigarette residues on smoker's hands have antimicrobial effects?  2002.

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Samantha Vaccaro.  Assessment of genetic differences between stands of Carex kobomugi in different areas of New Jersey. 2004.

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Crystal VanWagner Use of GIS technology in the management of the invasive sedge, Carex kobomugi: Spatial patterns in distribution, abundance and impact at Island Beach State Park. 2004

In Progress
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Zelinsky, Brittney.  Investigating the practicality of non-chemical control mechanisms for the management of Asiatic Sand Sedge (funded by a research fellowship from the National Park System).

Students carrying out Master’s Theses under my supervision

Graduated Successfully:
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Joe Amoroso. The impacts of long-lining, plastic ingestion, and mice predation on the life stages of the critically endangered Tristan albatross, (Diomedea dabbenena ). (Capstone Review Paper)  2011

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Kim Bennett. Standardization of measurement of coagulation times using bedside (portable) apparati. (Field Study)  2007

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Melissa Bobinski.  Invasive Spartina  in West Coast marshes: History, impacts and management strategies. (Review paper Thesis) 2002

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Jim Burkitt. Impact of the Invasive Carex kobomugi on Native Dune Plant Populations in Undisturbed and Disturbed Areas of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreational Area (Field Study)  2007.     (Click here to read Jim's abstract for his presentation Illustrating differences in impact of the invasive Asiatic Sand Sedge Carex kobomugi on native species diversity and species richness in pristine versus human-impacted sand dune systems.  ASLO. June 2004.)

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Leslie Bridge. How to Define an Evolutionarily Significant Unit? The Case of the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse . (Capstone Review Paper)  2006.

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Cathy Dillon.  Effects of habitat fragmentation upon the populations of small song birds of New Jersey. (Review paper; Degree Graduated Posthumously in May 2005)

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Patricia Eckstein. The biology of the group Argopecten irradians.  (Review paper Thesis).   1999

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Barbara Edelhauser. Influence of Nitrogen Enrichment and Mycorrhizal Status on the Competitive Balance Between Native American Beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata ) and Invasive Asiatic Sand Sedge, (Carex kobomugi) on New Jersey Sand Dunes  (Field Study)  2011

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Alyssa Fagen.  Interaction between environmental and genetic factors in the causation of autism (Review Paper Thesis) 2008

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Cheryl Fencik. Assessment of bacterial pollution of Barnegat Bay  (Review Paper Thesis). 2006.

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Kelly Gunther.  Measuring the success of marine protected areas.  Capstone Review Paper. 2007

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Gabrielle Haspel.  Using Trematodes to Assess Salt Marsh Restoration Success  (Capstone Review Paper) 2011

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Marnie Jones. The case for and against "swim with dolphins" programs   (Capstone Review Paper)  2006

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Lorén  Kelly.  Impacts of shading from human-constructed structures on growth and survival of submerged aquatic vegetation (Review Paper Thesis)   

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Christine Lindquist.  Factors influencing accurate assessment of the effects of chronic oil spills on seabirds (Capstone Review Paper)

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Bob Macaluso.  Hard Clam Fisheries in Raritan Bay:   History of the Fishery and Changes in Geographic Pattern in Harvest -Densities Over Time ( Review Paper Thesis)  2005

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Michele Martini. Race within the Human Species: Biological Reality or Social Construct? (Review Paper Thesis).  2004

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Jacqueline McCort.  Impact of Carex kobomugi  on threatened and endangered species in New Jersey (Field Study) 2011

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Jean Mutone. Measuring effectiveness of stream restoration projects(Capstone Review Paper)  2006

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Bernard Rutkowski.  Invasive species in New Jersey's waters (Capsone Review Paper) 2005

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Bob Sodt: Potential of Caffeine as a therapeutic agent in Alzheimer's disease. Capstone Review Paper.  2007 

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Robert Zimmerman.  A review of factors affecting growth and productivity of eelgrass (Zostera marina ), with a focus on the influence of temperature on the dynamics of eelgrass beds in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.  (Review Paper Thesis).  2001.   (Click here to read Rob's abstract for his presentation at the 1999 New Jersey Academy of Sciences Meeting.)

In Progress  (Currently Active)
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Liza Baskin.  Influence of the spread of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge, Carex kobomugi,  on higher trophic levels (Field Study)

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Susan Johnson Evolutionary relationships within the Desmognathids: resolving molecular and phenetic trees. (Field Study)

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Rocco Nicoletta.  Assessment of spread rates and patterns of spread direction in Carex kobomugi   in New Jersey (Field Study)

In Progress  (Currently Inactive)
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JoAnn Beuthe. PBDE levels in horseshoe crabs, water and sediment in the Sandy Hook Bay, Barnegat Bay and Delaware Bay and possible effects on protein regulation.  (Field Study)

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Robert Fiorili. Comparative values of Zostera   and Ruppia  as larval fish habitat in Barnegat Bay (Field Study)

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Robert Martens:   Evolutionary relationships between trypanosomes (Capstone Review Paper).

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Edward Overstreet.  Use of Molecular Biology for the study of Pfeisteria  outbreaks in the US Coastal Atlantic Region (Review paper)

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Robert Youhas:  Dynamics of decomposition of Ruppia maritima and Zostera marina  at different salinities and depths within the Barnegat Bay (Field Study)

Other MS Students Upon Whose Committees I serve(d)

Graduated Successfully
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Brigid Buckley. The molecular biology of inflammatory bone disease: Implications for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and adult periodontitis.  2001.

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Samantha Covert. Use of mRNA techniques in forensics.  2006

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Jim Danch.  Emergence times of pine and black racer snakes from winter hibernacula in forest and field locations.  2000.

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Dan Lombardi.   Neuropeptide Y and its role in anxiety.  2011

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 Jean Manigold.  Review of the effects of sludge dumping off the coast of New Jersey. 1998.

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Sandra Mergner. Survey of the types and population sizes of the wild herbaceous plants of Georgian Court College. 2002.

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Christine Miick.  Anthropogenically Induced Water Quality Changes in Freshwater Wetlands of the New Jersey Pinelands (Pine Barrens) and Subsequent Impact on Wetlands Vegetation 2006.

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Kevin Perrino. Discovery of a Chemotherapeutic Agent, Ixabepilone, and the Mechanism by which it Overcomes Taxane Resistant Tumors.

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Laura Picchierri MicroRNAs in Lung Cancer

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Jodi Luland Richards:  Transduction of genes between bacteria and the nematode C. elegans   2004

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Jaclyn Repetti. Tobacco vaccine research: Development of a Transplastomic Vaccine and the Problems of Transgene Containment. 2011.

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Vanessa RodriguezSignal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 5: Exploring the molecular mechanisms in advanced prostate cancer. 2011.

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Cynthia Smith Characterization of Generic Drug Libraries Using a Thermal Shift Method for Detection of Ligand Binding to Human Serum Albumin. 2004

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Pamela Smith.  Has whole-genome duplication structured the eukaryote genome?  2002.

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Amy Wiebsiek.  Measuring folate receptor expression in human malignancies to select patients who would benefit from folate-conjugated therapy. 2008

In Progress
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Caitlin Wuchter. Analysis of the microsatellites of Carex kobomugi from Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook, NJ, for the degree of genetic variation to determine reproduction mode

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