Research

students conducting research in lab

Biology students and professors are actively engaged in research, ranging from paleontology to animal diversity to plant populations, genetics and microbiology.  Students have opportunities to collaborate with professors on research or develop their own projects. 

Examples of recent student projects include:

  • The Effects of Aging and Exercise of the Equus caballus Measured through Lactate Levels  
  • Epithelial Mucosal Swabbing of Frogs (Ranidae) as an Indicator of Bovine Fecal Coliform Contamination of Aquatic Habitats in Southwest Virginia
  • Morphological, Ecological, and Genetic Variation in the Phlox glaberrima-P. Carolina Complex
  • Comparison of Butterfly Biodiversity at the Edge vs. the Interior of a Panamanian Jungle and Savanna Habitat
  • Hellbenders in Peril: Saving America’s Giant Appalachian salamander
  • Tracing the character evolution of jaws and teeth in Moray eels (Muraenidae)
  • Quantifying Sepallata Gene Expression in Phalaenopsis orchids

Students have opportunities to present their research at the college’s annual Ampersand Day festival.

Students present at Ampersand Day.

Students can also attend regional research conferences to present their research, network with other undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.Student poster presentation at the Association for Southeastern Biology, University of GeorgiaStudent poster presentation at the Association for Southeastern Biology, University of Georgia