Hojun Song Lab
The Song Lab of Insect Systematics and Evolution, part of UCF’s Biology Department, is highly interested in searching UCF’s protected areas for any and all members of the insect order Orthoptera (crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids) because our lab is focused on studying these fascinating creatures in a phylogenetic and evolutionary context.
The Song lab is primarily searching for Melanoplus puer, so far only a single male and female have been found. The lab is also looking for Aptenopedes spp. and so far a single male has been collected. Find out more at http://schistocerca.org/SongLab/
Ecology Lab students conduct field studies in the Arboretum Natural Areas for four weeks where they learn to identify Pine Flatwoods plants and conduct a fire ecology field study. The students asseds the differences in vegetation composition and structure between burned and long un-burned areas in the Arboretum and later make recommendations for management of the natural areas in a write up of their lab experience. This project in the natural areas prepares students for ecological field work, the collection of large data sets, and subsequently analysis and write up of field studies.
This graduate student project focuses on termite abundances in the Arboretum. By trapping and monitoring termites in natural areas, scientists can obtain termite population data. Basic metrics of “how many termites” and “where they are located” are unknown to scientists, and this project aims to rectify this missing data. Collected termites will be used in lab colonies, in order to measure their dynamics in controlled settings.
Dr. John Schultz and his students in the Anthropology Department have been conducting a number of research projects involving forensic archaeology and taphonomy. The projects occur at the Deep Foundations and Geotechnical Research Site with permission from the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Departments. Examples of the forensic research include an NIJ funded project focused on the application of ground penetrating radar 9GPR) for detection of controlled graves containing euthanized pig carcasses that were used as proxies for human bodies. Another project involved mapping of simulated skeletal dispersals in an obstructed environment using a portable differential global positioning system. More recently, we are looking at degradation of textiles to understand how degradation of clothing at a crime scene may provide information about the postmortem interval of a body. For more information, please visit the Anthropology homepage at http://anthropology.cos.ucf.edu/.
Former graduate student collecting grave data with the ground penetrating radar.
Karlie Carman is a current Master’s Student in Biology. Her thesis research focuses on how human-caused habitat disturbance affects the diversity and interactions between plants and bees. Along with her undergraduate assistant, Ji Min Noh, she will be performing trial experiments in the UCF Arboretum Natural Lands prior to her year-long study at the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida.