Students present at state natural history conference


Students at faculty attended the annual meeting of the Virginia Natural History Society in Martinsville, VA. the goals of the conference and of the society are "to promote research on the natural history of Virginia, educate the citizens of the Commonwealth on natural history topics, and to encourage the conservation of natural resources." Over 40 natural historians attended, representing colleges, universities, museums, and conservation organizations, citizen science groups.

Radford University biology students gave talks and presented posters, and represented well! Pictured left - undergraduate Kioshi Lettsome presents her research, studying an invasive shrub at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant)

Listed are the presenters (in bold), coauthors, and their poster or presentation titles:

  • Lauren Burroughs and Karen Powers – “Continuing Studies of Bird-window Collisions at Radford University: Updates and Analyses”
  • Angie Leon, Karen Powers, Miranda Dimas, Logan Vanmeter – “Observed Predation of Allegheny Woodrat (Neotoma magister) by Barred Owl (Strix varia) in Virginia”
  • Logan Van Meter, Karen Powers, and Meg Short – “Summer Bat Acoustic Activity around VDOT Bat Box Installations“
  • Logan Platt, Miranda Dimas, Karen Powers, W. Mark Ford, Wil Orndorff, and Rick Reynolds – “A Decade of Little Brown Bat Maternity Colony Surveys in Virginia: Observations and Next Steps”
  • Adam Allen, Brian Ditch, Stephen Ruppert, Christine Small – “Impacts of the Invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on Ash Trees in Virginia Forests”
  • Angie Holmes, Kristina Stefaniak, and Jamie K. Lau – “Impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline: A Comparison of Baseline Total Suspended Solids in Control and Impact Sites”
  • Kioshi Lettsome, Karen Powers, and Len DiIoia – “Effects of Autumn Olive  (Elaeagnus umbellata) Removal Treatments on Bird Communities at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant”
  • Olivia Grubb, Tia Strickland, Kristina Wade, Sara O'Brien, and Matt Close – “Effects of Trembolone on Gonad Histology in Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)”
  • Tia Strickland, Olivia Grubb, Kristina Wade, Sara O'Brien, and Matt Close – “Effects of Trembolone on Secondary Sex Characteristics in Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)”
  • Karen Powers (faculty), Michael Mengak, Rick Reynolds, Bob Sheehy, W. Mark Ford – “Bot Fly Parasitism of Allegheny Woodrats (Neotoma magister) in Virginia”


Nov 4, 2019
Karen Powers