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Dr. Tom A. Langen

Undergraduate Research

I involve undergraduates in all phases of my research I typically have two to five students working in my lab in any given semester or over the summer. I fund undergraduates under my own research grants, and host students in the Clarkson Honors Program, C-Step, McNair Scholars, REU Site Program in Environmental Science & Engineering, NIH 2 + 2 Program, and the Undergraduate Biomath Program. Abstracts from student presentation at our spring and summer Symposia in Undergadaute Research (SURE Conference) can be found here. Below is a full listing of undergraduates how have worked with me at Clarkson University and their projects.

In the past, I was co-Director of the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program in Environmental Science and Engineering,  which brings ten outstanding science and engineering students from throughout the US to conduct research with Clarkson faculty on projects related to environmental sustainability. I am currently co-Director of the NSF-funded Undergraduate BioMath Program ,  which supports four teams of Clarkson undergradautes to conduct research at the interface of biology and math or computer science.


Research papers with undergraduate authors (undergraduate authors in red)

Langen, T.A., K. Ogden, and L. Schwarting. 2009. Predicting hotspots of herpetofauna road mortality along highway networks. Journal of Wildlife Management 73: 104-114. reprint

Langen T.A., A. Machniak, E. Crowe, C. Mangan, D. Marker, N. Liddle, and B. Roden. 2007. Methodologies for surveying patterns of herpetofauna road mortality along a highway network. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1361-1368. reprint

Gouva S.P., C. Melendez, M.J. Carberry, G.S. Bullerjahn, S.W. Wilhelm, T.A. Langen, and M.R. Twiss. 2006. Phosphorus bioavailability and plankton distributions in Lake Ontario in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel, September 2003. Journal of Great Lakes Research Journal of Great Lakes Research 32:455-470. reprint

Twiss M.R., T.A. Langen, M.G. Giroux, S.M. Johns, N.E. Liddle, A.R. Snyder, D.P. Zeleznock, and J. Wojcik. 2006. Land use influence on water quality in the Saint Regis River, a north-flowing tributary of the St. Lawrence. Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies 13:26-32. reprint


 

Press Releases on Undergraduate Research Projects

 


Undergraduate Researchers & Projects

2010

Travis Walrath (Biomolecular Science), Francis More (Biology), Bridget Murray (Biology) Diet choice under risk by black-capped chickadees. Robyn Ruggaber (Biology) Assessment of a snow dump as a source of salt contamination on the Raquette River. Eric Marcy (Environmental Science & Policy) Comparison of amphibian and reptile diversity at natural and restored wetlands. Cody Merrill (Biology) Assessing restored wetland success as compared to natural sites as indicated by turtle trapping success. Kallen Frey (Montana State University, Environmental Science and Engineering REU Program) Comparison of restored and natural wetlands using biodiversity indicators of fish and larval amphibians. Caitlin Emro (Environmental Science & Policy),  John Wojcikiewicz (Biology) Survey of golden-winged warbler abundance and distribution across transmission line corridors and throughout northeastern New York State. Lauren Chaby (Psychology)  Genetic sampling of  golden-winged warblers and warbler habitat use. Michael R Rolleston (Psychology), Joshua Felch (Biology), Brianna Christopherson (Biology), Marie Rogers (Chemical Engineering) Assessment & choice: theory and experiments with humans & bluejays. Matthew Whalen Assessment of wildllife barriers for turtles.

2009

Robin Andrusyzyn (Environmental Engineering) Analyzing wetland landscape ecology using GIS, Assessing restored wetland success as compared to natural sites as indicated by turtle trapping success. Bird diversity in fire-managed vs fire-suppressed areas of Kriger National Park, South Africa. Cody Merrill (Biology) Analyzing wetland landscape ecology using GIS, Assessing restored wetland success as compared to natural sites as indicated by turtle trapping success. Grace Sprehn (Clarkson School) Predicting hotspots of Blanding’s turtle mortality on New York State highways using GIS. Jason Hajek (Biology) Predicting hotspots of Blanding’s turtle mortality on New York State highways using GIS, Assessing restored wetland success as compared to natural sites as indicated by turtle trapping success. Maria Hargis (North Carolina A&T, Environmental Science and Engineering REU Program) Comparison of restored and natural wetlands using biodiversity indicators of fish and larval amphibians. Nathan Moore (Environmental Science & Policy, Honors Program) A survey & management plan for vernal pools on the campus of Clarkson University. Austin Hicks (Environmental Science & Policy)  Survey of golden-winged warbler abundance and distribution across transmission line corridors and throughout northeastern New York State.

2007

Lindsay Schwarting (Biology, Honors Program) Validation of a hotspot model of herpetofauna road mortality along Northern New York roads. Christopher Scheiner (Biology) Predictors of turtle road mortality along St. Lawrence County highways. Daniel Berry (Environmental Science & Policy) Eurasian buckthorn invasion success in Clarkson forest. Catherine Benson (Environmental Science & Policy) Effectiveness of two road barrier designs at preventing herpetofauna from approaching a highway.  Jesse Boulerice (Biology) Connectivity and spatial patterns  of restored wetlands in the St. Lawrence Valley of New York. Madeline Turnquist  (University of Wisconsin, Madison) Demographic impact of road mortality on turtle populations.

2006

Jaime Salcido (Environmental Science and Policy) Survey of road salt storage methods in St. Lawrence County, New York. Lindsay Schwarting (Biology, Honors Program) Validation of a hotspot model of herpetofauna road mortality along Northern New York roads. Joshua Brown (Environmental Science and Policy) Identification of turtle nest predators using camera traps, Survey of mammalian predators in Clarkson woods using camera traps. William Karis II (Connecticut College) Mark-recapture population study of aquatic turtles. Danyelle Fitzgerald (Biology, McNair Program) Impacts of protective roadside barriers on turtle nest mortality. Briita Orwick (Lewis & Clark College, Environmental Science and Engineering REU Program) Culvert use by turtles to move between wetlands divided by a highway. Michelle Grasek (LeMoyne College, Environmental Science and Engineering REU Program) Effectiveness of two road barrier designs at preventing herpetofauna from approaching a highway. Andrew Davis (Biomolecular Science, Honors Program) Microclimate of turtle nests beside protective roadside barriers vs. roadside nests.

2005

Kimberly Ogden (Biology, Senior Thesis) Land use as a predictor of amphibian and reptilian mortality on roads in Northern NY. Andrew Snyder (Environmental Science and Policy) Radio-tracking movements of turtles near roads. Neal Liddle (Biology) Sex ratios of turtles in populations near roads. Meagan McSherry (Cornell University, Environmental Science and Engineering REU Program) Radio-tracking movements of female snapping turtles that breed along roads. Adam Rose (Clarkson School, Clarkson Honors Program) Characterization of benthic invertebrate communities in chloride-contaminated Adirondack Lakes, Success of roadside turtle nests. Anirag Ghosh (Environmental Science and Policy, Clarkson Honors Program) Landscape predictors of chloride levels in Adirondack Lake A GIS study. Kadian Stephenson (Mathematics & Statistics) Statistical analysis of experiments on sampling and decision making by humans. Jaimie Salcido (ES&P) Dispersion and condition of road salt storage depots in St. Lawrence County, New York.

2004

Peter Olesheski (Environmental and Occupational Health) Radio-tracking movements of turtles near roads. Abigail LaShomb (Psychology) Experiments on sampling and decision making by humans. Neal Liddle (Biology) Sex ratios of turtles in populations near roads. Brian Roden (Environmental Science and Policy) Sex ratios of turtles in populations near roads and Distribution of golden-winged warblers in northeastern New York. Theresa Black (Lycoming College, Environmental Science and Engineering REU Program) Radio-tracking movements of female snapping turtles that breed along roads. Jennifer Michel (SUNY Canton, NIH 2+2 Bridge Program) Temperature differences between turtle nests alongside roads and nests constructed at other locations. Anirag Ghosh (Environmental Science and Policy, Clarkson Honors Program) Landscape predictors of chloride levels in Adirondack Lake A GIS study.

2003

Nicole Mundy (Biomolecular Science) Phenology of road traffic mortality in frogs and turtles. Erin Crowe (Biology): Comparative trends in life histories of turtles. Jessica Carnrike (Psychology) Experiments on sampling and decision making by humans. Wysteria Berkoff (Biology): Data analysis - Phenology of road traffic mortality in frogs and turtles. Mary Wright (Bowdoin College, Environmental Science and Engineering REU program) Movement of turtles in relation to roads a  radiotracking study. Marilyn Gonzalez (Environmental Science and Policy, C-Step Program) Experimental comparison on nest predation on turtles near roads. Kim Ogden (Biology, McNair Program) Phenology of  nest predation on turtles near roads. Peter Olesheski (Environmental and Occupational Health) Radio-tracking movements of turtles near roads. Sondra Mae Johns (Biology) Changes in soils due to deicing road salt. Abigail LaShomb (Psychology) Experiments on sampling and decision making by humans.

2002

Jessica Carnrike (Psychology) Experiments on sampling and decision making by humans; Kim Coffie (Biology): Survey of mammal diversity in Clarkson nature reserve. Vanessa Sipple (Clarkson School) Comparative trends in territory size of owls. Wysteria Berkoff (Biology) Data analysis - Phenology of road traffic mortality in frogs and turtles. Adrianne Schepler (Biology) Data analysis - Phenology of road traffic mortality in frogs and turtles. Erin Crowe (Biology, Environmental Science and Engineering REU program) Comparison of traffic mortality patterns between male and female turtles. Charles Mangan (Biology) Comparison of traffic mortality patterns between different species of frogs. Daniel Marker (Biomolecular Science, Clarkson Honors Program) Predictors of hotspots of turtle and frog mortality on roads.

2001

Elise Cheney (Environmental Science and Policy) Survey of tree diversity in Clarkson nature reserve. Crystal Palmer (Biology) Survey of tree diversity in Clarkson nature reserve. Kim Coffie (Biology) Survey of small mammal diversity in Clarkson nature reserve. Kurt Nichols (Biology) Age of invasive exotic buckthorn trees (Rhamnus cathartica). Jenny Kennedy (Biology) Management plan for threatened plants in Clarkson Nature Reserve. Charles Mangan (Biology) Survey of amphibians diversity in Clarkson nature reserve.

 


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