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Congratulations to Kim Nelson who has been very active at her job at Vector Control in San Gabriel Valley! She has three recent publications!
Hassan, H.K., Kubofcik, J., Nutman, T.B., Eberhard, M.L., Middleton, K., Wekesa, J.W., Ruedas, G., Nelson, K.J., Dubielzig, R., De Lombaert, M., Silverman, B., Schorling, J.J., Adler, P.H., Unnasch, T.R., Beeler, E.S. 2015. Isolation of Onchocera lupi in dogs and black flies, California, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 21(5)789-796.
Nelson, K.J., Wekesa, J.W., Mitchell, M., Bishop, A., Brisco, A., Cook, M. Fujioka, K. 2016. Abundance of black flies (Simuliidae) and potential vector for Onchocera sp. in San Gabriel Valley, California. Proceedings and Papers of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California. 83:49-51.
Nelson, K.J., Brisco, A., Holguin, G., Foo, C., Croker, C., Cook, M., Civen, R., Fujioka, K., Wekesa, J. W. 2016. Use of abatement to reduce intensity of a flea-borne typhus outbreak in the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County, California. Proceedings and Papers of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California. 84:104-106.
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Picture of Christine Goedhart Congratulations to Christine Goedhart who published her work in American Biology Teacher!Goedhart, C.M. and J. S. McLaughlin. 2016. Student scientists: Transforming the undergraduate biology lab into a research experience. The American Biology Teacher. 78(6)502-508.
Congratulations to Carrie De Jesus who published her Masters thesis research!
De Jesus, Carrie E. and Michael H. Reiskind. (2016) The importance of male body size on sperm uptake and usage, and female fecundity in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Parasites and Vectors. 9:447. DOI 10.1186/s13071-016-1734-8.
Picture of Stacy Schkoda Congratulations to Stacy Schkoda who was awarded the 2016 undergraduate scholarship from the Orange County Association of Environmental Professionals. She also won the 2016 CSUF Rachel Carson Scholarship in Conservation Biology!
Congratulations to Prarthana Shankar who won the Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award at the 2015 Southwest Organismal Biology Meeting at Cal Poly Pomona! She presented her SCERP reserarch investigating the reproductive physiology of the female California mussel (Mytilus californianus) across three locations in southern California. Picture of Prarthana Shankar
Picture of Velvet Nathan and Evelyn with awards at 2015 SACNAS conference

SCERP scholars won three awards at the 2015 SACNAS conference in Washington DC, and the CSUF News Center wrote a very nice piece about the 5 CSUF students who won awards at this conference! http://news.fullerton.edu/2015fa/SACNAS-research.aspx

Velvet Park won an Outstanding Poster in Marine Biology and Oceanography, sponsored by Maryland Sea Grant, for her research with Dr. Kristy Forsgren investigating the effects of wastewater on the reproductive physiology of Pacific sanddabs. Velvet received travel funding from COAST to present her research.

Nathan Vega won an Outstanding Poster in Botany and Plant Sciences, sponsored by the Botanical Society of America, for his presentation of the SCERP summer group research project investigating foliar uptake in coastal sage scrub plants. Joseph Gamez, Jordan Abney, Stacy Schkoda, Austin Xu, Darren Sandquist, and William Hoese were co-authors on this poster. Nathan received travel funding from the Biology Undergraduate Research Scholars Training (BURST) program, funded by the CSUF Provost's Office, to present at the SACNAS meeting.

Evelyn Ruelas won an Outstanding Poster in Marine Biology and Oceanography, sponsored by Maryland Sea Grant, for her research with Dr. Kristy Forsgren examining the reproductive morphology and physiology of black perch. Evelyn received travel funding from the Biology Undergraduate Research Scholars Training (BURST) program, funded by the CSUF Provost's Office, to present at the SACNAS meeting.

Congratulations to Nicole Tronske who received a 2015-2016 Biological Training in Education and Research (BioTiER) scholarship as part of her M.S. work at Cal Poly Pomona! As part of this NSF-funded program, Nicole will participate in hands-on activities to help her prepare to become a faculty member at the community college level.

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Picture of Arthur BarrazaSCAS Award list 2015 Congratulations to Arthur Barraza for receiving honorable mention at the 2015 Southern California Academy of Sciences conference for his research with Dr. Kristy Forsgren on the reproductive morphology of male black perch, Embiotoca jacksoni.
The CSUF News Service produced a great photo essay on the 2015 cohort's work during the summer field course.

CSUF News Service: "The Natural World"Picture of Stacy Schkoda using high speed camera
Photo by Matt Gush, CSUF News Service

OC Register: CSUF biology team exploring the mysteries of black perchPicture of Evelyn Ruelas
From the OC Register: "Evelyn Ruelas, a senior undergraduate biology student at Cal State Fullerton, photographs a dissected and pregnant black perch in the campus' lab." CINDY YAMANAKA, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Orange County Register ran a nifty piece on the work of SCERP scholars, Evelyn Ruelas and Arthur Barraza, who are investigating the reproductive physiology of black perch with Dr. Kristy Forsgren! 6/17/15
SCERP cohort of 2015 was profiled by the CSUF News Service!

CSUF NEWS SERVICE
Scholars Explore Desert to Sea Research in Environmental Biology
Picture of SCERP 2015 at the top of Ord Mountain

- See more at: http://news.fullerton.edu/2015su/SCERP-scholars.aspx

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Sarah (English) Seifert published work from her Master's degree.

Sarah Seifert, Jorge C, Shekar V, William CB (2015) Effects of Residential Wood-Burning Emissions during Winter Months in a Northern San Diego County Location, Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology. 5:266. PDF

Victor Galvan is a co-author on a paper in PLoS ONE investigating staghorn coral!

Lirman D, Schopmeyer S, Galvan V, Drury C, Baker AC, Baums, I. (2014) Growth Dynamics of the Threatened Caribbean Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis: Influence of Host Genotype, Symbiont Identity, Colony Size, and Environmental Setting. PLoS ONE 9(9): e107253. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107253. PDF

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Picture of Matt and Prarthana awards at SACNAS 2014

Congratulations to Matt Scanlon for winning an Outstanding Poster Award in Marine Biology at the 2014 SACNAS meeting for his independent research with Dr. Forsgren on endocrine disruption and the reproductive development in California halibut!

Congratulations to Prarthana Shankar for winning an Outstanding Poster Award in Marine Biology at the 2014 SACNAS meeting for her presentation on the Biol 301 summer group project on endocrine disruption and the health of populations of fishes in Newport Bay!

Congratulations to Alexis Bueno Correa who won an Outstanding Poster Award in Ecology at the 2013 SACNAS conference in San Antonio, TX. Picture of Alexis Bueno Correa with SACNAS award
Picture of Eric Kessler at SACNAS 2013 Congratulations to Eric Kessler who won an Outstanding Poster Award in Physiology/Pathology at the 2013 SACNAS conference in San Antonio, TX!
Tracie Treybig is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador!

Picture of Tracie Treybig, Peace Corps, Ecuador

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Elizabeth Hessom had her Masters' work featured in the Bulletin of the California Lichen Society.

Hessom, E.C. 2013. Effects of gaseous ozone and nitric acid deposition on two crustose lichen species from Joshua Tree National Park. Bulletin of the California Lichen Society. 20(1):1-4. PDF

Loralee Larios published several articles from her graduate work:

Larios, L., Aicher, R.J. and K.N. Suding. 2013. Effect of propagule pressure on recovery of a California grassland after an extreme disturbance. Journal of Vegetation Science. Doi: 10.1111/jvs.12039. PDF

Aicher, R.J., Larios, L., and K.N. Suding. 2011. Seed supply, recruitment, and assembly: Quantifying relative seed and establishment limitation in a plant community context. American Naturalist. 178(4):464-477. PDF

Cleland, E.E., Larios, L., and K.N. Suding. 2012. Strenthening ivasion filters to reassemble native plant communities: Soil resources and phenological overlap. Restoration Ecology. 21(3): 390-398. PDF

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Anthony Garcia and Jayson Smith published Anthony's SCERP research!

Garcia, A. and Smith, J. 2013. Factors influencing human visitation of southern California rocky intertidal ecosystems. Ocean and Coastal Management. 73:44-53. PDF

Bryan White is a co-author on a paper published from his internship at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (http://www.sccwrp.org/)

Stein ED, White BP, Mazor RD, Miller PE, Pilgrim EM 2013. Evaluating Ethanol-based Sample Preservation to Facilitate Use of DNA Barcoding in Routine Freshwater Biomonitoring Programs Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates. PLoS ONE. 8(1): e51273. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051273. PDF

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Picture of Ernesto Casillas

Ernesto Casillas is co-author on a paper published during his work as a research fellow at the NIH in Bethesda, MD:

Zhao, H., Berger, A.J., Brown, P.H., Kumar, J., Balbo, A., May, C.A., Casillas, E. Jr., Laue, T.M., Patterson, G.H., Mayer, M.L., and P. Schuck. 2012. Analysis of high-affinity assembly for AMPA receptor amino-terminal domains. Journal of General Physiology. 139(5):371-388. doi:10.1085/jgp.201210770. PDF

Congratulations to Nicole Tronske who won the Outstanding Poster in Marine Biology Award at the 2012 SACNAS conference in Seattle WA. Picture of Nicole Tronske with her SACNAS award 2012
Picture of Lauren Dorough with her SACNAS award 2012 Congratulations to Lauren Dorough who won the Outstanding Poster in Ecology Award at the 2012 SACNAS conference in Seattle, WA.

Stephanie Diaz published her SCERP research:
Diaz, S., Smith, J.R., Zaleski, S.F. and S.N. Murray. 2012. Effectiveness of the California state ban on the sale of Caulerpa species in aquarium retail stores in southern California. Environmental Management. DOI 10.1007/s00267-012-9860-3. PDF

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Picture of the SCERP scholars in the DVM project

SCERP scholars published the results of one of the summer research projects (with extensive additional work with M.S. student Kim Walker):

Romero, M.R., Walker, K.M., Cortez, C.J., Sanchez, Y., Nelson, K.J., Ortega, D.C., Smick, S.L., Hoese, W.J., and D.C. Zacherl. 2012. Larval diel vertical migration of the marine gastropod Kelletia kelletii (Forbes, 1850). Journal of Marine Biology. 9 pages. doi:10.1155/1012/386575.PDF

Congratulations to Mauricio Gomez and Andres Cisneros who won the Outstanding Poster Award in Marine Biology at the 2011 SACNAS conference in San Jose, CA. Picture of Mauricio and Andres with their SACNAS award 2011
Picture of Jackie Arroyo with her SACNAS poster award
Congratulations to Jackie Arroyo who won the Outstanding Poster Award in Ecology at the 2011 SACNAS conference in San Jose, CA.
Congratulations to Cheryl Sevilla who won the Outstanding Poster Award in Botany at the 2011 SACNAS conference in San Jose, CA. Picture of Cheryl Sevilla with her SACNAS award 2011

Picture of Melissa Romero

Since leaving CSUF Melissa Romero has been co-author on multiple articles, including several from from her M.S. thesis with Pat Krug at CSULA:
1. Romero, M.R., Phuong, M.A., Bishop, C., and P.J. Krug. Nitric oxide signaling differently affects habitat choice by two larval morphs of the sea slugAlderia willowi: mechanistic insight into evolutionary transitions in dispersal strategies. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 1114-1125. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.080747. PDF
2.Krug, P.J., Gordon, D., and M. Romero. 2012. Seasonal polyphenism in larval type: Rearing environment influences the development mode expressed by adults in the sea slug Alderia willowi. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 52: 161-172. (doi: 10.1093/icb/ics059). PDF
3. Romero, M.R., Kelstrup, H.C.P, and R.R. Strathman. 2010. Capture of particles by direct interception by cilia during feeding of a gastropod veliger. Biological Bulletin, 218(2):145-159. PDF
4. Smolenksy, N., Romero, M. R., and P.J. Krug. 2009. Evidence for costs of mating and self-fertilization in a simultaneous hermaphrodite with hypodermic insemination, the opisthobranch Alderia willowi. Biological Bulletin, 216: 188-199. PDF

Elizabeth Hessom was awarded the UC Riverside Dean's Distinguished Fellowship in 2010 to support her Masters Degree in Environmental Science Picture of Elizabeth Hessom
Picture of Anthony Garcia Congratulations to Anthony Garcia who won the best student poster in Ecology at the 2010 Southern California Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Sara Pfremmer and Anthony Garcia for their awards at the 2010 SACNAS conference in Anaheim, CA! Sarah received the Marine Biology award for her poster presentation on oyster settlement in Newport Bay. Anthony received the Marine Conservation award for his poster on human impacts on rocky intertidal communities in southern California.

Picture of awardees at SACNAS 2010
Picture of Elizabeth and Ernesto with their SACNAS awards Congratulations to Ernesto Casillas and Elizabeth Hessom who won Outstanding Poster Awards at the 2009 SACNAS meeting in Dallas, TX. Ernesto won in Marine Biology and Elizabeth won in Plant Biology.
SACNAS News 2010 Publication picture
Picture of Patricia in SACNAS News Fall 2010
Click on this link for the PDF of the SACNAS News Summer/Fall 2010 publication. Patricia's essay appears on page 13 (page 15 of the PDF)
Patricia Gonzalez was featured in SACNAS News for Summer/Fall 2010!
"The Mojave Desert, California: It’s hot, it’s windy and if you forgot your sunscreen, it’s pretty miserable. Which describes perfectly how I felt, slumped in the shade of the van my research group drove out to our field site. We had spent the hottest part of two days hauling buckets of sand across the desert to fill seed trays for our feeding experiment, and the question I kept asking myself was “Who in their right mind would do this?” Early the next morning, I shook a rodent out of a Sherman Trap we had set out the night before, and I found my answer. The rodent we had caught was a kangaroo rat, and as I held it firmly in my gloved hand, I peeked into its giant eyes. What I saw there was a calm curiosity, and a naked wildness that both terrified and fascinated me. I was stunned as I realized that everything I shared with this small mammal—the earth, the air, and the water we drank—was threatened by destructive human habits. But if I wanted to, I could make a difference by conserving it and other species. So what is a scientist? In my case, it’s accepting that I can’t save all the animals in the world, but I can try to understand how to increase the chances that some of them will survive. As a scientist, that’s what I can do, and the real question now is "Who in their right mind wouldn’t?"
Patricia Gonzalez is currently a Southern California Ecosystems Research Program scholar at California State University, Fullerton, and is investigating the physiological responses of oysters to thermal stress. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation after she earns her bachelor’s degree in biological science in spring 2012."
SACNAS News Web supplement 2010
Picture of Andres from SACNAS News 2010
Click on this link for the PDF of the SACNAS News Special Web Supplement Summer/Fall 2010.
Andres' essay appears on page 3

Former SCERP scholar Andres Carrillo was featured in the SACNAS News Special Web Supplement for Summer/Fall 2010. His essay appears below:
"As a high school student, I recall being determined to study marine science in college. I loved learning about marine biology, which inspired me to do well in my studies and extra- curricular activities. I had high hopes of getting into a good school. Upon graduating from high school, I was awarded the Science Pathways Award and the Marine Vocational Studies Award for my coursework and internship at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Despite my interests, studies, and achievements in high school, I had no clue what career options were available for someone with a degree in marine biology; all I knew is that I wanted to learn more. I was a transfer student at California State University, Fullerton, where I was selected as a Southern California Ecosystem Research Program (SCERP) scholar. This NSF-funded program is designed to engage undergraduate students in environmental-biology research. In 2004, SCERP sponsored all scholars to attend the SACNAS annual conference and prepared us to present our summer research projects. At the conference, I attended talks, networked with professors, and discussed research with other students. I was submerged in the scientific community and for the first time I had my own research experiences and the knowledge that gave me the confidence to ask questions and contribute to discussions between professors and students. It was then that I identified myself as a scientist-in-training, but a scientist nonetheless. The experiences SCERP provided me were the driving forces that led me to develop an interest in scientific research. Research is now my passion and life.
Andres Carrillo is currently a MS candidate at California State University, Fullerton investigating larval fish development. As a laboratory assistant at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Andres is also a marine educator to schoolchildren and a research mentor to high school students."

Carmen Cortez was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a UC Davis IGERT fellowship to pursue her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis. Picture of Carmen Cortez
Picture of Yareli Sanchez Yareli Sanchez won an Outstanding Poster Award in Biology at the 2008 SACNAS conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Congratulations to Lauren Velasco who won an Outstanding Poster in Plant Biology Award at the 2008 SACNAS conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. PIcture of Lauren Velasco
   
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