Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"River plume influence on Lake Michigan larval fish condition"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Ecology, Molecular Biology
Project Description:
This project aims to evaluate whether short-term growth rates of larval fish respond to river plume environments in Lake Michigan. Growth rates will be determined by RNA:DNA ratios of larval fish among river plumes and non-plumes environments. The measurement of nucleic acid ratios is based on the notion that DNA concentrations within individual cells remain fairly constant while RNA concentrations will increase as protein synthesis increases. Thus, a well-fed, active, growing individual should have a relatively high RNA to DNA ratio compared to a starving, inactive individual.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will contribute to all stages of the project including some larval fish sample collection in Lake Michigan, sample preparation, and RNA:DNA analysis.
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Desired Qualifications:
Previous experience in molecular biology or ecology preferred. Student must have the ability to manage data, work independently, keep detailed lab notebook, and communicate results to project leader.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Hook, Tomas
forestry and natural resources

Student Supervisor

Jennifer Meyer
Laboratory Manager

Cooperating Faculty

Cary Troy
Civil Engineering