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Eastern Florida State College Past Research

EFSC students, working with their faculty mentors, conduct a wide variety of research projects and have a history of presenting projects at the annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) held at colleges and universities throughout the state. EFSC hosted FURC in 2018.

2021 Conference presentations

Research presented at FURC

Project title: Effects of Human Disturbance on Biomass and Biodiversity of the Indian River Lagoon
Mia Hammonds and Dr. Ashley Spring

Project title: Salinity Effects on Indian River Lagoon Invertebrate and Vertebrate Composition
Savannah Luhn and Dr. Ashley Spring

Project title: HBOT Enhanced Physical Therapy: A Novel Approach to Improve Rehabilitation for Neurological Brain Injury
Stephanie Salonen and Dr. Chris Petrie

Research presented at the Midwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Gathering: Christianity, Race, and Justice, online June 2021

Project title: The Land That Never Has Been Yet: Black American Poets as Prophetic Voices
Janelle Fuller and Janna Schledorn

2020 FURC presentations

Project title: Initial Optical Profile of Anthocyanins in Single and Double Bloom Hibiscus Rosa-Sinesis
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2020
Amanda Siegel and George Kenney, Amanda Newton

2019 FURC presentations

Project title: Comparative Analysis and Identification of Class 1 CRISPR-CAS Genes of Recreational Water Staphylococcus Aureus
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2019
Brandon Lopez-Duenas and Rajesh Melaram

Project title: A Comparison of the Coagulation of Microalga (Gymnodinium) between Chitosan and Alum and Effects on Macroalgal (Chlorpophyta) Survival
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2019
Hannah Olson and Ashley Spring

2018 FURC presentations

Project title: Bioactive Phytochemicals in Native Florida Plants
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Charles Crawford and Scott Herber

Project title: My Research as Jets: Exploring Barthes' Enigmas and Fan Based Exaltation within Star Wars, DC Comics, and Television
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Matthew Hudson and Warren Jones

Project title: Beatin' into Submission: Trauma Bonding in“The Dark Tower”and“The Walking Dead”
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Michelle Scrogham and Warren Jones

Project title: The Distribution of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Anthony Cervone and William Stewart

Project title: VR> IRL ;)?...Nope OMG!: How Ready Player One Forefronts Debord's Spectacle
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Justin Sachariason and Warren Jones

Project title: Barbie Meets Fiona: Conflicting Discourses of Beauty in Sci-fi Films
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Rabecca Connors and Warren Jones

Project title: Comparative Analysis of Protein Structures Using MEGA6 for Select Bombyx Species
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2018
Dillon Pierce and Ashley Spring, Rajesh Melaram

2017 FURC presentations

Project title: Fighting Civilization, Not Acne: The New Adult Genre and Twentysomethings in the Between and the 100
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Sevan McBride and Warren Jones

Project title: Antimicrobial Properties of Moringa oleifera
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Brieanna Chankersingh and Ashley Spring

Project title: Inhibiting the Division of Pathogenic Bacteria Using Iron-Bind-ing Glycoproteins
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Mark Cherry, Troy Hart and Ashley Spring

Project title: Induced Evolution in Danio rerio
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Pierce Dillon and Rajesh Melaram, Ashley Spring

Project title: Effectiveness of Ovotransferrin and Sodium Bicarbonate in the Inhibition of Bacterial Growth
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Nicole Conde and Ashley Spring

Project title: The Furious Road to Ozploitation: Examining the Culture Stereotypes within Mad Max: Fury Road
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Brandon Shepherd and Warren Jones

Project title: Dancing in the Dark: The Conflict of Romantic and Sentimental Ideas in the Internet Apocalypse Trilogy
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Nykholas Quinones and Warren Jones

Project title: Meiofaunal Communities Differ Depending on Environmental Quality
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Cara Irwin and Ramona D. Smith-Burrell

Project title: Artful Stealing and Convergent Dodging: Analyzing Divergent and Convergent Thinking in Creative Control, Temp Music, and Stealing Like an Artist
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Abraham Mullican and Warren Jones

Project title: Malicious Humorous Death: How the Edge of Tomorrow and ARQ Explore Death and Dying through Dark Comedy
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Thomas Foster and Warren Jones

Project title: Afterlife or Transcendence: How The Talos Principle Uses Principles of Game-based Learning to Intrigue the Player
Jacob McMullen and Warren Jones

Project title: Keeping it in the Family: Examining the Changing Portrayal of Incest within Wayward Pines and Game of Thrones
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Rodney Rich and Warren Jones

Project title: That’s Pretty Ugly: How Uglies Confronts Plastic Surgery As a Necessity In Youth
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Robyn Tilley and Warren Jones

Project title: Superman’s Dawn of Sociopathic Injustice: How the DSM’s New Criteria Diagnoses Superman as a Sociopath
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Jonathan Howard and Warren Jones

Project title: Build-a-Bear...or... Build-a-Baby: Examining Transhumanism in Science Fiction from Gattaca to Star Trek: Into Darkness
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2017
Sierra Zeiders and Warren Jones

2016 FURC presentations

Project title: In vitro Analysis of the Efficacy of Probiotic Use During Antibiotic Application
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2016
Taylor Culbertson and Chris Petrie

Project title: Real-time effects of Prescribed Fire on Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Burrows and Their Occupants
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2016
Frank Robb and Chris Petrie

Project title: How to Give Plants Cancer: A Study on Gall Formation
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2016
Dillon Pierce, Brendan Murphy and Ashley Spring

Project title: Effects of Freshwater Intrusion on Saltwater Species of the Indian River Lagoon
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2016
Daniel Moffitt and Ashley Spring

Project title: Can Tarpon See Outside Their Natural Habitat?
In association with: Florida Institute of Technology
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2016

Project title: Effects of Garlic and Ginger on Bacterial Growth
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2016

2015 FURC presentations

Project title: Potential Algaecidic Applications of the Brazilian Peppertree
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2015
Morgan Enoch, Dylan Myers and Ashley Spring

Project title: Differences in Crop Growth and Leaching Rates of Low N-P and High N-P Fertilizers
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2015
Kasey McDowell, James Pouncey, Brent Anderson and Ashley Spring

Project title: Extraction and Chemical Analysis of Urushiol in Schinus terebinthifolius
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2015
Dylan Myers, Paige Twidd and Ashley Spring, Cristina Oropeza

Project title: Non-Invasive EKG Study of Burmese Pythons
In association with: Florida Institute of Technology
Presented/published: Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists 2014, Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2015

2014 FURC presentations

Project title: Effects of Plastic Bag Coverage on Growth of Enteromorpha
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2014
Erika Steele

Project title: Effects of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum Fungi (AMIF) on the Overall Growth Rate of Rhizophora mangle and Laguncularia racemosa
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2014
Charlotte Garfinkel

Project title: The effects of holistic medicine on Propionbacterium acnes
Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2014
Frank Skiff

Project title: Brazilian Pepper Plants (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi) Toxin Effects on Freshwater Organisms Presented/published: Florida Undergraduate Research Conference 2014

Additional past research projects

Project title: Do Clams or Oysters Filter Water Better

Project title: Queens: Queen Conch Shell Microstructure

Project title: Burmese Pythons Infrared Image-Sensing

Project title: Impacts of Yard Waste Pollution on Native Species of the Indian River Tributaries

Project title: Repel by Recycling - Natural Insecticides

Project title: Opsin Gene Expression in Megalops atlanticus

Project title: The Effects of Mycorrhizal Fungi on Corn Growth, Biomass and Sugar Content

Project title: Ruppia maritima Seed Occurrence in the Central Indian River Lagoon
In association with: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Project title: Effects of Kenneling on Dog Behavior

Project title: Preditorial Species in Gut Content of Lionfish, Pterois volitans

Project title: Diet Preferences of Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus

Project title: Pheromone trailing of the Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus
In association with: Florida Institute of Technology

Project title: Feeding preferences of wild code gobies, Gobiosoma robustum, fed common aquaria feeds

Project title: Effects of Mycorrhizal Fungi on the Height of Helianthus debilis

Project title: Survival Rates of Oysters Unattached and Attached to Cages and Mats