Principal Investigator: Puni Jeyasingh, Zoology (501 LSW, 405.744.9634)
What are the effects of nutrient pollution on the livelihood of organisms—those we depend on (e.g., for fresh drinking water)? Data on a small crustacean from lakes in Minnesota that filters lake water revealed some important answers. We “resurrected” ancient resting eggs laid in the 18th century and compared their DNA, physiology, morphology, and ecological function with those living currently. These ancient critters are alive and kicking in our lab. There are several exciting questions that can be answered using these organisms—ideal projects for undergraduate research. Tasks are designed to allow for a thorough experience in doing science, and will include: reading the primary literature, designing experiments, collecting data, interpreting data, and routine lab maintenance. Our lab encourages and assists undergraduates to compete for scholarships—a great way to bolster your curriculum vitae in preparation for any profession after graduation.
Find out more and apply here: http://okstateu.com/ugrnetwork/as/ongoing/