Members of the Trinity Algae Lab attending the 53rd Northeast Algal Symposium in April 2014 at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.
L to R, Chris Lane (’99), Assoc. Prof. of Biology, URI; Nik Schultz (’14); Gina Filloramo (’10), grad student UNB; Craig Schneider; John Perella, honorary member; Thea Popolizio, grad student in URI and Trinity labs. Nik presented his senior research on western Atlantic Lobophora.
In Spring 2014, Prof. Kent Dunlap is on leave conducting research on electric fish in Panama. Working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Dunlap is investigating the effects of the natural environment on the brain and hormones of electric fish. In particular, he is examining how naturally occurring predators influence the rate of brain cell proliferation and stress hormone production in electric fish. This work expands on his previous work on the effect of seasonal changes on the brains of electric fish conducted in Uruguay in 2009. His research is done in collaboration with researchers from Canada and Germany and is funded by a grant from Trinity’s Faculty Research Committee. In the photo Dunlap is shown at one of his field sites on the Tapagrillas River 100 miles east of Panama City.