PROJECTS 
The structured laboratory experiences and techniques of the core courses and electives set the stage for what many students consider to be the most rewarding part of the SES program, the independent projects. During the last five weeks of the course, students are able to devote full time to a project of their choosing. The project gives students a chance to work independently, although they are supported by a main advisor, a principal investigator at the Ecosystems Center. Many students collaborate with their peers on their projects. Students have access to Ecosystems Center facilities and equipment. SES students present their projects in a formal symposium before their classmates and the center's scientific staff. This event is open to the public and represents the culmination of the students' work at SES.
RECENT PROJECTS
2012
Julia Adams Wellesley College The effects of increased snail (Nassarius obsoletus) density on the diet of the salt marsh mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) (pdf)
Kara Annoni Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth Detection of wastewater plumes from the 15N isotopic composition of groundwater, algae and bivalves in West Falmouth Harbor (pdf)
Ashley Brooks Bates College Using polyunsaturated fatty acid biomarkers to trace changes in diet of the ribbed mussel, Guekensia demissa, in Great Sippewissett Marsh (pdf)
Tanner Cunningham Bates College Characterizing the molecular composition of epicuticular waxes of vegetation and  in surface sediments in Great Sippewissett marsh (pdf)
Arianna Goodman Oberlin College Effects of nitrate on decomposition in salt marsh peats (pdf)
Alexandra Guest Skidmore College Analysis of macroalgal biomass and nitrogen uptake by plants and animals along a land use gradient in southern Cape Cod watersheds (pdf)
Johanna Jensen Colorado College Effects of seasonality and species diversity on nitrogen uptake in grassland ecosystems (pdf)
Michael Marty-Rivera Univ. of Puerto Rico Effects of nutrients on palatability and concentration of anti-herbivory compounds in macroalgae (pdf)
Maggie Notopoulos Skidmore College Towards institutional sustainability - a nitrogen footprint model for the MBL (pdf)
Kim Ohnemus Skidmore College Effect of horseshoe crab bioturbation on food availability and feeding efficiency of mummichogs within intertidal flats (pdf)
Zach Pinto Middlebury College Effects of biochar and basalt additions on carbon sequestration and fluxes of greenhouse gases in soils (pdf)
Aliza Ray Bard College How does ocean acidification impact phytoplankton productivity and community structure? (pdf)
Jennifer Reeve Haverford College Chemical and biological gradients: controls on nitrous oxide release in salt marsh ecosystems (pdf)
Elizabeth de la Reguera Dickinson College The effects of human management on urbanized lawns with respect to nitrous oxide (pdf)
 
2011
Anika Aarons Mount Holyoke College Using lipid biomarkers to determine changes in community structure and ecological processes occurring in the meromictic Sider’s Pond, Falmouth, MA (pdf)
JoHanna Burton Ripon College The effects of parasitism on feeding preferences and litter decomposition rates of amphipods in the Plum Island Estuary (pdf)
Joseph Hakam Brown University Ecosystem energy-use efficiency: positive effects of predation on productivity (pdf)
Amalia Handler Franklin & Marshall Examination of the active fraction of soil bacterial community and rain pulses (pdf)
Fiona Jevon Harvard University The effect of sulfur and nitrogen additions on nutrient cycling and vegetative cover composition in sandplain grassland restoration plots in Edgartown, MA (pdf)
Hansen Johnson Bates College Resource limitation affects heterocyst formation in nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria (pdf)
Collin Knauss Colorado College Characterizing microbial denitrification nirS Gene abundance and biogeochemical processes up-gradient, within and down-gradient from a NITREXTM permeable reactive barrier in Waquoit Bay, MA (pdf)
Andrew Miano Connecticut College How fish communities differ across stream restoration intensities (pdf)
Sarah Nalven Colby College Diversity and distribution of sulfate-reducing bacteria in Siders Pond, a meromictic salt pond (pdf)
Sean O'Keefe Colorado College Metal-base cation exchange in Cape Cod freshwater ecosystems (pdf)
Kelsey Ream Allegheny College The role of Mercenaria mercenaria and Mytilus edulis in coupling benthic and pelagic nutrient cycles (pdf)
Emily Rogers Carleton College Nutrient limitation across a salinity gradient of Martha’s Vineyard coastal ponds (pdf)
Jehane Samaha Brown University The legacies of historical land-use in current suburban landscapes: species composition, carbon stocks and nitrogen cycling (pdf)
Audrey Seiz Clark University Benthic invertebrate community composition in four streams across a restoration intensity gradient (pdf)
Tim Sinkovits Ripon College The ability of natural vs. artificial riparian zones to filter nutrients assessed by push-pull experiments (pdf)
Sam Stewart Colorado College Comparing stream geomorphology and channel habitat along a stream restoration gradient (pdf)
Cynthia Troy Villanova University Effects of temperature and moisture stress on nitrous oxide production in agricultural soils (pdf)
Elisabeth Ward Brown University The effect of suburbinization on ecosystem services: biodiversity and carbon stocks along a residentail lot size gradient (pdf)
Emily Waters Hampshire College The effects of salinity and nutrient limitation on microbial processes in coastal sediments (pdf)
Lena Weiss Brown University Examining food webs and trophic dynamics along a stream restoration intensity (pdf)
Megan Wheeler Harvey Mudd College Effects of fertilizer on nitrogen cycling in residential Cape Cod lawns (pdf)
Shirley Yang Grinnell College Effects of soil warming on soil respiration measured by CO2 flux and extracellular enzyme activity (pdf)
Ellen Yeatman Washington & Lee Temperature effects on decomposition rates of soil organic matter with differing proportions of labile and recalcitrant compounds (pdf)
 
2010
Sarah Berry
Carleton College
The role of pond sediments in the removal of DOC and tannin compounds through abiotic and bacterial action (pdf)
Melissa Campbell
Clark University
The fate of amino acid in soil experiments: Bacteria, roots and fungi (pdf)
Alice Carter
Northwestern University
Microbial community productivity and diversity as responses to pH oscillation frequency (pdf)
David Dodge
Middlebury College
The role of alternative respiration pathways and the effect of nutrient loading on peat decomposition in Plum Island marsh sediment (pdf)
Holly Engel
Clarkson University
Stream quality among active and restoring river-based cranberry bogs (pdf)
Daniel Feinberg
Hamilton College
Wood decomposition after five years in anaerobic nitrate rich groundwaters: Implications for lifetime of Nitrex™ Permeable Reactive Barriers (pdf)
Lolly Lim
Brown University
Tracing anthropogenic nutrient inputs into coastal plain ponds on an urban-rural gradient: A study using stable isotopes (pdf)
Sarah Naramore
Lafayette College
Long-term effects of soil warming on labile carbon availability and microbial community respiration and composition (pdf)
Melanie Poole
Connecticut College
Plant community structure and soil properties along stream corridors of cranberry bogs since discontinuation of agriculture (pdf)
Austin Ritter
Middlebury College
Response of salt marsh ponds to eutrophication (pdf)
Meghan Short
Brown University
Contrasting nutrient dynamics of litter decomposition in a deciduous forest and pond ecosystem (pdf)
Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong
Brown University
Soil ammonium and phosphate sorption capacity decreases with prescribed ground fire (pdf)
Brian Suh
Haverford College
The search for novel integron expression along a heavy metal gradient (pdf)
Ian Yue
Wheaton College
Tracing anthropogenic nutrient inputs into Cape Cod coastal plain ponds using stable isotopes, nutrient analysis, and water budget modeling (pdf)
 
2008  
Andrea Coughlan
Wellesley College
Response of estuarine phytoplankton and water column microbes to groundwater inputs down-gradient from a NITREXTM permeable re-active barrier (pdf)
Wayne Daniel
Dillard University
Tracing anthropogenic nutrient inputs to coastal plain ponds using stable isotopes (pdf)
Sarah Gillig
Wesleyan University
Nanosilver and its effects on freshwater microbial communities (pdf)
Rob Gordon
Lafayette College
Visualizing changes in the community structure of sulfur cycling bacteria in nitrogen enriched salt marsh sediments (pdf)
Jessica Kunke
Northwestern University
The fate of nitrate entering a NITREXTM Permeable Reactive Barrier (pdf)
Jessica Gail Lambert SUNY Syracuse
The effect of coastal plain pond sediment moisture on nutrient availability of Israel Pond, MA (pdf)
Amy Markstein
Colorado College
Nitrogen uptake in a naturalizing cranberry bog (pdf)
Ian W. Lizzadro-McPherson
Lawrence University
Urbanization in coastal environments: Are there consequences associated to pier density along Child’s River? (pdf)
Laura Poppick
Bates College
Soil texture, topography, and canopy effects on microclimate in scrub oak thickets on Martha’s Vineyard (pdf)
Timothy JS Ramnarine
Dillard University
Observing the effects of increased availability of nitrogen on the salt marsh plant communities of the Plum Island Sound: A focused study on spartina alterniflora. (pdf)
Paliza Shrestha
Mount Holyoke College
Soil respiration and nitrogen mineralization in response to nitrogen and sawdust addition in a Massachusetts grassland (pdf)
Stefanie Strebel
Franklin & Marshall College
Effects of nitrogen loading on the structural and functional stability of the Plum Island Sound salt marsh ecosystem. (pdf)
Nick – Peng Xuefeng Connecticut College
Nitrogen cycling in sediments in two stretches of the Coonamessett River (pdf)
 
2007
Lauren Bizzari Colby College Effect of advective processes on denitrification of a15NO3 tracer in NITREX(tm) permeable reactive barriers measured by membrane inlet mass spectrometry (pdf)
Richard Brereton Colorado College Response of estuarine phytoplankton to DIN & DON in groundwater measured by flow cytometry (pdf)
Megan Carpenter Lafayette College The effect of iron oxide on dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) in a NITREX™ medium (pdf)
Andrew Franks Brandeis University Nitrogen cycling, soil biogeochemistry and edge effects along roadways with different traffic volumes (pdf)
George Gregory Bates College Nitrogen vs. phosphorus limitation in freshwater coastal plain ponds in watersheds with different land uses (pdf)
Genevieve Noyce Mount Holyoke College Biogeochemistry and vegetation in cranberry bog chronosequence (pdf)
Benjamin Pyenson Haverford College Effects of nitrate on pyrite oxidation of salt marsh sediments (pdf)
Lindsay Schwarting Clarkson University Effective strategies for coastal grassland management and restoration
Rose Smith Mount Holyoke College Amino acid metabolism in forest soils (pdf)
Amy Snyder Skidmore College The effect of microbe invasions on the methanotroph metabolism and community structure in microcosms (pdf)
2006
Brook Brouwer Colorado College Impacts of land use history and chronic nitrogen addition in agricultural and forest soils (pdf)
Angela Burnett- Penn Brandeis University Effects of restricting tidal flow on decomposition and nutrient cycling in the Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh System, Falmouth MA (pdf)
Will Daniels Lawrence University Mussels and metals in the Sippewissett Marsh, Falmouth MA, and Eel Pond, Woods Hole, MA (pdf)
Whitney Eng Brown Universtiy Using infauna abundance and genetic markers in oysters as an indicator of  hypoxia down-gradient from a NITREXTM permeable reactive barrier (pdf)
Gregory Henkes Bates College Tracing sources of nitrogen for primary producers in West Falmouth Harbor by examining the δ15N values of macroalgae, ulva and gracilaria (pdf)
Cora Johnston Hampshire College The implications of land use change on availability of food resources for migratory birds (pdf)
Yukari Kaito Sarah Lawrence College The effect of temperature and grazing on algal primary production and nutrient uptake (pdf)
Karen Kayfetz Brown University Nutrient loading and N vs. P limitation of phytoplankton in the Quashnet and West Falmouth Harbor estuaries (pdf)
Amanda Keledjian Grinnell College Abundance, feeding habits and substrate preferences of the brittle star, O. brevispinum, in different habitats of West Falmouth Harbor in Massachusetts (pdf)
Bianca Kissel Connecticut College The effect of soil warming on ectomycorrhizal fungal abundance and on nitrogen storage in fungi (pdf)
Yusuke Kumai Vassar College The effect of water temperature on the distribution and metabolic rate of fish species in streams on Cape Cod (pdf)
Kaitlyn Lucey Wellesly College Methane production and microbial methanogen abundance based on real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis across a NITREXTM permeable reactive barrier in Waquoit Bay (pdf)
Kimberly Morrell Carleton College An analysis of the benthic invertebrate communities in agriculturally impacted and restored stream ecosystems on Cape Cod (pdf)
Stephanie Oleksyk Clark University The rate of sedimentation in the Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh, Falmouth, MA (pdf)
Susan Pincus Mount Holyoke College Effects of adding sewage sludge and urea-phosphate fertilizers to the Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh, Falmouth, MA, on heavy metals and microbial N-cycling (pdf)
Lucy Robins Vassar College Cranberry bog restoration: The effect of cultivation and restoration on nutrient uptake and cycling in streams on Cape Cod (pdf)
Laura van der Pol Wellesley College Effect of dominant grass species on nitrogen cycling in salt marsh sediments (pdf)
Angela Vincent Grinnell College The effects of seawater intrusion on microbial nitrate and sulfate reduction within a NITREXTM permeable reactive barrier designed to mitigate ground-water N-pollution in Waquoit Bay, MA (pdf)
2005
Adam Akullian Brown Univsity Tracing eelgrass loss in estuarine sediments (653 Kb PDF)
Kate Fiedler Dickinson College Topography and succession of scrub oak on Martha’s Vineyard (528 Kb PDF)
Katie Harrold Middlebury College Long-term heavy metal retention in Great Sippewissett Marsh (208 Kb PDF)
Ellen Herbert Kenyon College Carbon quality and carbon cycling in contrasting forest soils (220 Kb PDF)
Natalie Levy U. of California, Berkeley The effects of nutrient load on habitat structure and feeding behavior of mummichogs
Will Longo Haverford College Benthic organic matter quality in eelgrass beds (163 Kb PDF)
Cara Machacek Colorado College Interactions between mycorrhizae and plants in the Falmouth wastewater treatment plant (273 Kb PDF)
Craig McGowan Brown University Sediment metabolism and N-cycling in West Falmouth Harbor sediments (228 Kb PDF)
Sabrina Moreau Hampshire College Influence of a carbon-rich permeable reactive NITREX ® barrier on groundwater flow paths and dissolved nitrogen and carbon concentrations (335 Kb PDF)
Laura Nagel Allegheny College Soil properties of Martha’s Vineyard grassland restoration sites (404 Kb PDF)
Jennifer Peters Bard College Water budget model of Martha’s Vineyard forest and grassland (136 Kb PDF)
Jennifer Reimer Clark University Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in flow-through microcosms of NITREX ® reactive media (365 Kb PDF)
Courtney Shannon Colorado College Carbon chemistry of cedar, maple and pine bogs (976 Kb PDF)
Hilary Smith Ripon College Effects of nutrients and allochthonous organic matter on microbial communities and metabolism in microcosms (178 Kb PDF)
Rowan Spivey Haverford College Nitrogen loading and attenuation in the West Falmouth watershed (388 Kb PDF)
Nicole Travis Brown University The effects of nutrient load on habitat structure and feeding behavior of grass shrimp, Paleomonetes pugio (353 Kb PDF)
Jeff Walker Cornell University Whole ecosystem metabolism of West Falmouth Harbor (2,098 Kb PDF)
2004
Lisa Brunie Mount Holyoke College Effects of temperature and sediment water content on carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in peat cores from Atlantic white cedar swamps (156 Kb PDF)
Emily de Moor Brown University The effects of clear-cutting on soil and groundwater nitrogen pools on Martha’s Vineyard (407 Kb PDF)
Sarah Foster Hampshire College Sediment respiration and denitrification rates along a nitrogen-loading/eutrophication gradient in a shallow coastal estuary (West Falmouth Harbor) (725 Kb PDF)
Sarah Hicks Hampshire College The effects of invasive species on soil biogeochemistry (400 Kb PDF)
Kevin Kingsland Beloit College Human Disturbance to Riparian Vegetation and its Effect on Aquatic Food Web Dynamics (162 Kb PDF)
Kate Nolan Bates College A comparison of filtering and oxygen consumption rates in bivalves and an evaluation of their capacity to reduce eutrophication in West Falmouth Harbor
Rose Phillips Mount Holyoke College Effects of redox potential and seagrass cover on concentrations and speciation of Cu, Cr, and Pb in West Falmouth Harbor sediments (662 Kb PDF)
Noam Ross Noam Ross The response of microplankton trophic structure to organic and inorganic nitrogen loading (136 Kb PDF)
Emily Sampson Emily Sampson Carbon dioxide and methane production along a moisture/organic matter gradient in Atlantic white cedar swamps (210 Kb PDF)
Chad Yaindl Lafayette College An analysis of nutrient removal capability of agriculturallyimpacted vs. restored wetlands (223 Kb PDF)
2003
Marselle Alexander-Ozinskas Bates College The role of sphagnum in the acid-base chemistry of bog waters (191 Kb PDF)
Beth Bernhardt Lawrence College Sulfate reduction and alkalinity generation in aquatic ecosystem (226 Kb PDF)
Jacqueline Bowie Bates College Possible effects of copper on Mya arenaria behavior and benthic-pelagic coupling (137 Kb PDF)
Nicole Chiota Furman University Lability of DON from pristine vs. anthropogenically influenced systems (160 Kb PDF)
Gareth Crosby Mount Holyoke University Effects on phosphorous cycling in fresh and marine sediments with iron and sulfate addition (261 Kb PDF)
Michael Fichman Haverford College Effects of nitrogen on tannin concentrations in oaks and on palatability of oak forests (176 Kb PDF)
Eve Gasarch Bates College Components of ecosystem metabolism in cranberry bog influenced streams
Timothy Gocke Lafayette College Upland land-use and the effects on upper Trophic level dynamics and structure (280 Kb PDF)
Jacqueline Gordon Brandeis University Chemical composition of anthropogenically influenced groundwater (251 Kb PDF)
Melanie Hayn Cornell University Effect of changes in salinity and sulfate concentration on potential nitrification in freshwater and marine sediments (83 Kb PDF)
Caitlin Hicks Middlebury College Nutrient limitations on peat decomposition in Atlantic white cedar swamps (189 Kb PDF)
Katherine Kleese Grinnell College The effect of land-use history on soil quality: Implications for sand plain grassland restoration (294 Kb PDF)
Jennifer Korth Dickinson College N and P limitation along a salinity gradient and algal populations' response to changing nutrient loading (2,025 Kb PDF)
Jordan Kramer Vassar College The effect of bioavailable nitrogen on mycorrhizae (193 Kb PDF)
Kendra Myers Middlebury College The impact of fertilization on rates of N2 fixation in cranberry bogs and salt marshes (291 Kb PDF)
Lindsay O,Reilly Bard College A comparison of microbial diversity and rates of nitrification across nutrient and salinity gradients in the Backus and Quashnet Rivers (237 Kb PDF)
Marissa Sue Wellesley College Secondary indirect effects of cupramine on Mummichogs (Fundulus heteroclitus) and its implications on benthic-pelagic food coupling (185 Kb PDF)
Claire Treat Mt. Holyoke College Controlled burns and effects on soil nutrients and respiration (282 Kb PDF)