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Environmental studies students present capstone projects

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May 02, 2013

A diverse mix of topics and research characterizes the Environmental Studies capstone projects presented by 20 seniors at 4-6 p.m. May 7 in the 1st- and 2nd-floor atria of Eaton Hall.

Paula Senff and Gordon Lyons collaborated with Operation Wallacea and traveled to Kaledupa, Indonesia, and the Iwokrama rainforest in Guyana, respectively. Deanna Campbell and Katie Caulfield remained in the U.S. but did their research in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state and in New York City. Closer to home, a couple of projects focused on the environmental literacy and green habits of McDaniel students.

Senff (pictured below) of Bochum, Germany, studied the impact of fish fences. Lyons of Westminster, Md., looked at bat biodiversity in terms of sustainable development. Campbell of Hampstead, Md., explored local adaptation of the colonial sea squirt, Botrylloides violaceus, among harbors off the coast of Washington. Caulfield of Fort Washington, Pa., investigated how a re-use organization, “Build It Green!,” benefits the surrounding community.

Environmental studies students present capstone projects

“I learned a lot about myself, including a strong sense of independence, all the while learning how to live in close proximity with others,” says Lyons, who had a great experience in the Iwokrama forest of central Guyana with local villagers as guides and hopes to promote deep ecotourism that continues to benefit indigenous peoples, not exploit them. “I have a better appreciation for the importance of field work, as well as a better understanding of how difficult it can be.”
Several students collaborated with Environmental Studies professors Mona Becker and Scott Hardy on their research projects. The work mapping sinkhole density that James Porteous of Miami, Fla., completed for his senior seminar began as a research project with Becker in January 2013.

“Karst features can represent a potential geologic hazard since they may result in the formation of sinkholes as the underlying bedrock is dissolved away and the overlying sediment collapses into the opening,” Becker says. “By mapping the density of karst features and sinkholes, home owners and county planners will have a better sense of the potential of sinkhole development within areas of Carroll County."

Environmental studies students present capstone projects
Senior Deanna Campbell (right) sits with Biology Professor Molly Jacobs

Two students – Kerri Morrison of Glen Burnie, Md., and Ben Munyon of Middletown, Md. – collaborated with Hardy on his investigation of the institutional variables impacting payments for environmental services policies.

“Institutional analysis is a research tool that allows scholars to empirically and theoretically examine the effectiveness of collaborative management strategies for addressing common pool resource dilemmas,” Hardy says of Morrison’s project in the U.S. and Munyon’s in Ecuador.

The following students are listed with the titles of their posters, which will be on display from 4 p.m. May 7 until May 9. Students will be available with their posters from 4-6 p.m. May 7 in the 1st- and 2nd-floor atria in Eaton Hall. 

1. Thomas Baker of Arnold, Md.
Calculating the Photovoltaic Potential of a Small-Scale Community using      GIS Mapping

2. Paul Balladarsch of Hampstead, Md.
Two Towns:  Local Residents key in Preparation and Recovery

3. Jake Butler of Smithsburg, Md.
An Analysis of the Impacts of Development on the Incorporated Areas of Westminster, Maryland’s Stormwater Management System

4. Joseph Buttrum of Eldersburg, Md.
Lithium-ion Batteries: Are They Truly the Future for Portable Power Source

5. Deanna Campbell of Hampstead, Md.
No Evidence for Local Adaptation of Botrylloides violaceus Populations in the San Juan Islands

6. Marcus Carter of Greenbelt, Md.
Measuring the Effectiveness of Residential Energy Incentives in Prince Georges County Maryland

7. Rachel Cash of Washington, D.C.
The Role of Local Government in Community Gardens in Washington, DC

8. Katie Caulfield of Fort Washington, Pa.
Build it Green! NYC, a Non-Profit Reuse Outlet; Helping the Community and Creating a Process

9. Sean Lamarre of Woodbine, Md.
Erosion Control Devices on the Severn River

10. Gordon S. Lyons of Westminster, Md.
Establishing Bat (Chiroptera) Biodiversity Standards in the Iwokrama Forest for Sustainable Development

11. Roger McGuinn of Warrenton, Va.
Acorns and Horns: Oak Production and Hunter Success

12. Kerri Morrison of Glen Burnie, Md.
Institutional Dimensions of Farmland Conservation: An Application of the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework to the Conservation Reserve Program

13. Ben Munyan of Middletown, Md.
Applying Ostrom’s IAD Framework to the Yasuni-ITT Initiative

14. James Porteous of Miami, Fla.
The Distribution and Density of Karst Topography in Carroll County, Maryland

15. Ana Salverda of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Comparative Analysis of Recycling Programs in Elementary Schools

16. Paula Senff of Bochum, Germany
The Ecological and Socio-Economic Impact of Fsh Fences in Kaledupa

17. James Ways of Westminster, Md.
Water Usage Among McDaniel College Students

18. Autum Wenderoth of Westminster, Md.
Urban Park Usage among McDaniel College Students

19. Joseph Wright of Westminster, Md.
Retrieving Reality-McDaniel College Student’s Perception of “Environmentally Friendly” Presidents: Nixon to Obama

20. James Young of Fairfax Station, Va.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation: A Study Using the Governmental Impacts Framework