Thursday, March 21, 2013
A group of mainland college students from Northern Arizona University have been on Saipan for a semester-long field experience in conservation biology. As they wrap up their visit, they are presenting on their research projects at American Memorial Park on Friday, March 22nd from 1-5pm. The public is welcome to attend!
Northern Arizona University Field Experience in Conservation Biology
Conservation Research Symposium
American Memorial Park
March 22, 2013
1:00-1:15 Opening remarks.
1:15-1:30 Factors affecting the species abundance and richness of fish in sea grass beds in the Saipan lagoon. Alling, R.
1:30-1:45 Contemporary medicinal trees: Diversity and use across the island of Saipan. Marshall, M.
1:45-2:00 Variation in luminescence and insect abundance on bioluminescent fungi. Pletzer, J.
2:00-2:15 Factors affecting green sea turtle nesting preference in Saipan. Brown, M.
2:15-2:30 Erythrina gall wasps on gaogao trees, and their effect on birds in Saipan. Watson, Z.
2:30-2:45 Intermission break.
2:45-3:00 The effect of enrichment strategies and environmental factors on the behavior of captive Mariana fruit bats (Pteropus mariannus). Eilers, J.
2:45-3:00 Effects of sewage effluence on coral reef diversity, richness, and recruitment. Senini, N.
3:15-3:30 Demographics, distribution, and public perceptions of free-ranging dogs on Saipan. Nimer, A.
3:30-3:45 Predation of the small giant clam (Tridacna maxima) in Saipan. Roof, K.
3:45-4:00 Evidence of selective breeding and habitat use in Lambis lambis. Raber, S.
4:00-4:15 Factors influencing metallic blue ladybird beetle abundance. Hottel, E.
4:15-4:30 Shell use and abandonment in hermit crabs (Coenobita spp.). Bulger, B.
4:30-4:45 Closing remarks.
We are grateful to our generous sponsors, collaborators, and supporters: CNMI Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife; Asia Pacific Academy of Science, Education and Environmental Management; Northern Marianas College; Saipan Zoo; Mayors of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota; CNMI Department of Environmental Quality; CNMI Coastal Resource Management; National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association; Commonwealth Utility Corporation; CNMI Historical Preservation Office; American Memorial Park.