Research & Internships

Every year, ecological and wildlife research is conducted to assist in understanding how the natural environment works.  The information gained from these projects is used to make management decisions at the Laboratory.  Many of these projects are conducted with the assistance of interns.  Interns are high school or undergraduate students participating in the BNL's Office of Education summer programs.  During 10 weeks, the students conduct experiments, population surveys, ecological monitoring, and other natural resource investigations.  The links below are some of the research projects completed at BNL.  Students are required to complete a paper and/or poster as part of their internship.  Any students interested in interning should review the Office of Education website and contact the Natural Resource Manager, Dr. Timothy Green.

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2011

Buckley, Courtney, Jennifer Higbie, and Tamer Marshood.  Analysis of Nighttime Movement and Home Range of Southern Flying Squirrels using Radio Telemetry at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Paper | Poster

Cane, John and Timothy Green.  Species Identification of Bats on Long Island and Their Associated Habitats.  Paper | Poster

Ellinger, Rachel and Timothy Green.  A Survey to Assess the Diversity and Speciation of the Bat Population at the Sands Point Preserve.  Poster

Henderson, Kiara and Dr. Yetunde Ogunkoya.  The Population Assessment of Threatened Enneacanthus obesus in Zekeís Pond Between 2005 to 2011.  Paper | Poster

Hernon, Brittany and Timothy Green.  Analysis and Quantification of Forest Health using Understory Composition and Establishment of Deer Exclosures.  Paper | Poster

Jarrell, Amber and Dr. Yetunde Ogunkoya.  Distribution of Enneacanthus obesus (Banded Sunfish) in the Central Pine Barrens of Long Island.  Paper | Poster

Jenkins, Jasmin, Murty S. Kambhampati, Alex Mancuso and Timothy Green.  Distribution of Enneacanthus obesus (Banded Sunfish) in the Central Pine Barrens of Long Island. Poster

Mancuso, Alex and Timothy Green.  Factors Affecting the Home Range of Eastern Box Turtles at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Paper | Poster

Marshood, Tamer, Courtney Buckley and Jennifer Higbie.  A Sampling of Habits and Movement: The Southern Flying Squirrels at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Paper | Poster

McCabe, Lyndsay and Timothy Green.  Analyzing Tree Regeneration as an Indicator of The Health of the Long Island Pine Barrens.  Paper | Poster

Norman, Michael and Jennifer Higbie.  Characteristics of the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) population at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Paper | Poster

Pensa, Nicole and Timothy Green.  Comparison of Litter Depths from 2005 and 2011 of the Long Island Central Pine Barrens in Order to Assess Forestry Health.  Paper | Poster

Porche, Tiaria, Murty S. Kambhampati, Fred Rispoli, Vishal Shah, and Timothy Green. Are the Regression Models Published in the Field of Environmental Science are Reproducible?   Poster

White, Caitlin and Timothy Green.  A Preliminary Species Census of Chiroptera in Central Suffolk County.  Paper | Poster

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2010

Bloch, Alshley, David Knuffke, Daniel Williams, Timothy Green, and Jennifer Higbie. A Preliminary Study of Tiger Beetles at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Poster

Buckallew, Bradley and Jennifer Higbie.  Radio Telemetry of Southern Flying Squirrels at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Paper | Poster

Delao, Carlos and Timothy Green.  Monitoring the Diversity and Speciation of Low Canopy Bees.  Poster

Falodun, Dorcas, Dominique Townsend, Murty S. Kambhampati, Richard Wilkens, Megan Bourassa, Ryan Tappero, and Timothy Green.  Beyond Folivory: Three Types of Interactions Between Plants and Insects in the Pine Barrens Community of Long Island, New York.  Paper | Poster

Hernon, Brittany and Timothy Greeen.  The Effect of Overstory Composition and Cover on Understory Make-up in the Long Island Solar Farm Area.  Paper | Poster

Knuffke, David, Ashley Bloch, Daniel Williams, Timothy Green, and Jennifer Higbie.  A Transect Approach to Mapping Tiger Beetle Colonies on the Brookhaven Firebreak.   Poster

Mackey Jr., Herman, Murty S. Kambhampati, Vishal Shah, Shreya Shah, and Timothy Green.  Exploring the Microorganisms Present in the Pine Barren Soil.  Paper | Poster

Mancuso, Alexandra and Timothy Green.  The Effects of the Accumulation of Heavy Metals in Soil on the Growth of Vegetation in the Long Island Solar Farm.  Paper | Poster

Robateau, Natasha, Murty S. Kambhampati, and Timothy Green.  Understory Vegetation Analysis in the Proposed Long Island Solar Farm of Pine Barrens Forest, NY.  Paper | Poster

Soehl, Diana, Keith Jones, Bob Selvey, and Tim Green.  Environmental Monitoring of Heavy Metals in Air: Model for Student Air Quality Inquiries.   Poster

St. Cyr, Jerilyn, Murty Kambhampati, Joseph Dvorak, and Timothy Green.  Application of Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy to Detect Nitrogen in Solar Farm Soils in Long Island, New York.  Paper | Poster

Townsend, Dominique, Murty S. Kambhampati, and Timothy Green.  Baseline Survey on Biomass Distribution in the Long Island Solar Farm.    Paper | Poster

Wick, Alexander and Timothy Green. Effect of Ambient Light on Understory Composition in a Pine Barrens Ecosystem at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Proposed Solar Array: Establishing a Baseline for Future StudiesPaper | Poster

Williams, Daniel, Ashley Bloch, David Knuffke, and Timothy Green.  Coastal Plain Pond Comparison: Introducing Inquiry into the Classroom.   Poster

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2009

Ambrose, Jeffery, Joseph Dvorak, Murty S. Kambhampati, Joe Omojola, and Timothy Green. Nitrogen Quantification: Long Island Pine Barren Forest Soil, NY.  Poster

Bloch, Ashley.  The Affect of the Lunar Cycle on the Nocturnal Viewing of Birds at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Poster

Bornhoft, Glen, Vicky Giese, and Mellissa Winslow. The Effects of Physical and Chemical Water Quality Parameters on the Distribution of Aquatic Invertebrates within the Carmans River on Long Island, New YorkPaper | Poster

Brown, Maria, Dan Willilams, Diana Soehl, Timothy Green, Jennifer Higbie, Scott Bronson, and Mike Blewitt.  Analysis of mtDNA of Teneral Odonate Species Between Two Ponds, Brookhaven, New York:  A Model for High School Research.  Poster

Buckallew, Bradley.  Population and Home Range Survey of Southern Flying Squirrels at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Paper | Poster

Dowd, Linda, Maria Metzger, and Caroline Singler.  Bathymetric Survey of Lake Arrowhead at Camp Baiting Hollow, Long Island, New York.  Poster

Falodun, Dorcas, Ray Marino, Forrest Lipp, Selam Workeneh, Richard T. Wilkens, Murty S. Kambhampati, Ryan Tappero, and Timothy Green.  An Exploration of the Natural History of the Scrub Oak Gall-Maker.  Poster

Messina, Kyle.  Vegetation Preferences of Southern Flying Squirrels at Brookhaven National Labs.  Poster

Miller, Michele.  Editing Topographic Contour and Sanitary Map Layers in ArcMapTM.  Poster

Paladino, Carol.  An Eight-Week Survey to Quantify the Small Mammal Population Levels at Brookhaven National Laboratory.   Paper | Poster

Smith, Nyesha, Glen Bornhoft, Vicky Lynn Giese, Mellissa Winslow, and Murty S. Kambhampati.  Comparison of the Effects of Water Quality and Substrate on the Distribution of Invertebrates in the Carmans River, New York.  Poster

Soehl, Dianna and Maria Brown.  Comparing Odonate Biodiversity, Water Quality, and Vegetation of Natural, Man-made and Modified Ponds at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Poster

Workeneh, Selam, Shreya Shah, Jeffery Ambrose, Dorcas Falodun, Vishal Shah, Murty S. Kambhampati and Timothy Green.  Microbial Community Analysis of the Gamma Forest Soil at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Currently Unavailable. 

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2008

Ambrose, Jeffery, Nyesha Smith, and Dr. Murty S. Kambhampati. Microbial Community Mapping of Long Islandís Pine Barren Forest SoilPaper | Poster

Bornhoft, Glen, Vicky Giese, and Mellissa Winslow. The Effects of Physical and Chemical Water Quality Parameters on the Distribution of Aquatic Invertebrates within the Carmans River on Long Island, New YorkPaper | Poster

Bueten, Dane. Distribution of the Iridovirus in Free-Ranging Eastern Box Turtles at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Bunch, Tyra and Carmen Maldonado. A Distribution Survey of the New York State Threatened Banded Sunfish, (Enneacanthus obesus) in the Peconic River Drainage on Long Island, NYPaper | Poster

Dowd, Linda and Caroline Singler. Characterization of Tiger Beetle Habitats at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a Link to High School Earth Science. Poster  Examination of the Characteristics of a Freshwater Wetland at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster

Fallier, Renee. Home Range and Population Estimation of Red and Gray Foxes at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Friedman, Kaitlin. The Effect of Phragmites australis Invasion on Southern Leopard Frog Tadpole Survival on Long IslandPaper | Poster

Millings, Rachael. Statistical Variations in Bird Survey Data From 2000 Ė 2007Paper | Poster

Miloski, Sarah. Translocation of Radio-implanted Eastern tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Rodriguez, Dianna. The Use of Visual Surveys To Determine Odonate Species and Abundance at Vernal Pools At Brookhaven National LabPaper | Poster

Van Scoyoc, Amy. Using Non-invasive DNA analysis to assess Territory of Red and Gray Fox Populations at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster

Zitvogel, Stephanie.  Techniques Used in Determining the Presence of the Iridovirus in Samples from Eastern Box Turtles at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster

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2007

Ballester, Ann, Linda Dowd, Maria Metzger, and Caroline Singler. Has the American burying beetle [Nicrophorus americanus] been extirpated from Brookhaven National Laboratory? Poster  A Comparison of Efficacies of Pitfall Trapping to Netting of Tiger BeetlesPoster  Using NOREMARK to Estimate Populations of Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster  Influence of Physical Factors on Occurrence and Distribution of Tiger Beetles at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster 

Bunch, Tyra and Carmen Maldonado. Population Assessment of the New York State Threatened Enneacanthus obesus (Banded Sunfish) Conducted in Zekeís Pond and the Peconic RiverPaper | Poster

Efstration, Emily. Testing Vegetation Sampling Methods of Central Pine Barren Freshwater Wetlands in Preparation of the Wetland ProtocolPaper | Poster

Jaggi, Shirin. Genetic Techniques used in Detecting Wildlife DiseasesPoster

Mallin, Patrick. Non-Invasive Indexing of Red and Gray Fox Populations at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Miloski, Sarah. Assessing Benthic Macroinvertebrate Sampling Procedures for the Development of the Freshwater Wetland Health Monitoring Protocols of Long Islandís Central Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

Pinder, Shakera. Long Island Pine Barren Ponds: Water QualityPaper | Poster

Rodriguez, Dianna. The Use Of Mark-Recapture To Estimate Odonate Populations At Vernal Pools At Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Snyder, Sarah. Spatial distribution of Iridovirus in the Eastern box turtle population at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Implications for transmittance based on home range sizePaper | Poster

St Cyr, Ha'Wanna, LaTonya Stemley, and Dr. Murty Kambhampati. Comparative Ecological Study: Long Island Pine Barren Ponds, NYPaper | Poster

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2006

Azcona, Wendolie. The Role of Dead Trees in a Healthy Forest: Quantifying the Abundance of Snags in Six of the Central Pine Barrens CommunitiesPaper | Poster

Brungard, Jamie, Nina Kean, Georgia Sawyer, and Dr. Roy Coomans.  A Study of Variations in Soil and Water Chemistry of Selected Ponds at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Camacho, Chris. A Survey for the Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephala) on Long IslandPaper | Poster

Davis, Shurrita. A Comparison of the Chemistry of Soil Surrounding Natural and Anthropogenic Ponds at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Efstration, Emily.  A Study of Seedling and Sapling Numbers in Relation to Canopy Cover in Six Long Island Pine Barren Community TypesPaper | Poster

Finn, Wendy.  Non-Invasive Species Confirmation of Fox Populations at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Gutleber, Kathryn. A Comparative Study of the Age Class Structures of Quercus alba, Quercus coccinea, Quercus velutina and Pinus rigida as an Indicator of Forest Health within the Long Island Pine Barrens Core AreaPaper | Poster

Heiser, Katie. Chytrid fungus and Ranavirus in Long Island Frog PopulationsPoster

Jack, Neal. Baseline pH and the Variability of pH within Plots and Community Types of the Central Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

Jwo, Doris.  Developing Techniques to Determine Associations Between Tiger Salamander and Small Mammal Burrow UsePoster

Leahy, Chauncey.  Investigation of the Characteristics of Ponds and Vernal Pools used by Eastern Tiger Salamanders and their affects on Juvenile RecruitmentPaper | Poster

Metzger, Maria and Murty S. Kambhampati.  Effects of Gypsy Moth on Black Oak [Quercus velutina (L.)] in Pine Barren Forest of Long Island, NY.  Awaiting Publication.

Randolph, Priscilla. A Comparison of Water Quality between Natural, Modified, and Manmade Ponds within Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Rodriguez, Dianna. The Use Of Mark-recapture to Estimate a Population of Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) at a Vernal Pool on Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster

St Cyr, Ha'Wanna, LaTonya Stemley, and Dr. Murty Kambhampati.  Environmental Health Studies on Peconic River Headwaters: Water and Sediment ChemistryPaper | Poster

Snyder, Sarah. Spatial distribution of Iridovirus in the Eastern box turtle population at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Implications for transmittance based on home range sizePaper | Poster

Tievsky, Dana. A Comparison of Litter Densities in Six Community Types of the Long Island Central Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

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2005

Camacho, Chris. Use of the Program DISTANCE to Assess Population Size of the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) at the Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster 

Cluett, Rachel. Eastern Tiger Salamander Tracking and Monitoring TechniquesPoster

Davis, Miranda. Understory composition of the Long Island Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

Finn, Wendy. Home Range and Spatial Ecology of Eastern Hognose Snakes (Heterodon platirhinos)Paper | Poster

Gill, Cassandra, Sonya Lamb, and Dr. Rita Hagevik. The Relationship of Soil and Water Chemistry to the Preservation of Salamander Habitats in the Long Island Pine Barrens. Paper | Poster

Gutleber, Kathryn. A Study of the Age Class Structure of Quercus alba, Quercus coccinea and Quercus velutina: A Comparative Analysis of Quercus Species Reproduction as an Indicator of Forest Succession within the Long Island Pine Barrens Core AreaPaper | Poster

Heiser, Katie. Survey and Analysis of Banded Sunfish Population in Zekeís PondPaper | Poster

Kull, Matthew. Evaluation of canopy estimation techniques and repeatability of the Monitoring Protocols for Central Pine Barrens Field PlotsPaper | Poster

Leahy, Chauncey. Comparison of Snag Dynamics in Four Forest Community Types of the Central Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

Quezada, Saneddy. Odonate Species Survey in Correlation with Air Temperature and Precipitation at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Paper | Poster

Rao, Kavitha. Survey of Invasive Species Surrounding Brookhaven National Laboratory. Poster

Sears, Jennifer. Effects of Local Precipitation and Temperature on the Emergence of Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum, Eastern Tiger Salamander, From Vernal Pools at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Siefert, Andrew. Effects of Changes in Canopy Cover on Understory Vegetation in the Long Island Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

Smith, Frank. Home Range Estimates and Habitat Preferences of Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) Assessed Through the Utilization of Radio Telemetry, GPS, and GIS TechnologyPoster

Tievsky, Dana. A Comparison of Litter Densities in Four Community Types of the Long Island Central Pine BarrensPaper | Poster

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2004

Bosshart, Elisa and Ivan Suarez. Limnological Studies of BNL PondsPoster

Costa, Susan. Distribution, and Species Richness of Odonates at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Finn, Wendy. Assessment of Vegetation Along Peconic River Post RemediationPaper | Poster

Florendo, Esperanza. Seasonal meal patterns affecting radiocesium levels in white-tailed deer at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Goodyear, Stephan. Home range and activity patterns of the eastern hognose snake, Heterodon platyrhinos, in Upton Ecological Reserve at Brookhaven National Lab. Currently Unavailable

Hoffmann, Kristine. An Analysis of the Success of Head Started Hatchling Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Currently Unavailable

Sears, Jennifer. Effects of Local Precipitation and Temperature on the Emergence of Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum, Eastern Tiger Salamander, From Vernal Pools at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Sierra, Rafael.  Distribution and localization of the Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) egg masses in vernal pools at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper  

Smith, Frank. Amphibian Species Richness and Abundance at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPoster

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2003

Costa, Susan. Qualitative Investigation and Identification of Odonate Larvae at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Dyer, Megan. Identification and Distribution of Various Species of Adult Odonata at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Hoffmann, Kristine. Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) Emergence in Natural and Man-Made PondsPaper | Poster

Walters, Tim.  Mapping Some Invasive Plant Species of Long IslandPaper | Poster

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2002

Burgos,Yuleska and Jahaira Rivera. Patterns of Oak Recruitment in Selected BNL Woodland Communities.  Poster

Dyer, Megan. The Utilization and Evaluation of Different Techniques for the Calculation of the Odocoileus virginianus Population at Brookhaven National LaboratoryPaper | Poster

Kling, Heather. Monitoring Amphibians at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Evaluating the Effects of Weather Conditions on Population Fluctuations and Microhabitat ConditionsPaper | Poster

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2001

Kling, Heather. Emergent Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) Use of Coverboards at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Poster

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