Prof. Creighton recently received $25,000 award from Keystone McAlester Conservation Area and American Buring Beetle Bank LLC for a research project “ Evaluation of the prey base and feeding relationships of the American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) using stable isotope analysis. The American burying beetle is a federally listed endangered species. Like all burying beetles, the American burying beetle uses small vertebrate carcasses as a food resource for their offspring. Beyond the fact that the beetle requires larger carcasses than other burying beetle species, very little is known about what vertebrates species are important for the beetle’s success and recovery. One way to determine this is to compare the ratio of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in an organism’s body. This ratio is predictive of what type of food was consumed during growth and development of the animal. Prof. Creighton and his students are using this technique to investigate what small vertebrates American burying beetles use as food sources for their young. This will give use valuable information on what habitats are important for the recovery of the species.
Jessica Orr was recognized as the Operations Assistant of the Year at theAnnual Purdue University Calumet Service Luncheon on April 25, 2014. Jessica joined Purdue University Calumet in 2011. Her main job responsibility is to manage general biology/microbiology preparation lab and prepare materials for teaching labs. Because of her creativity, she has picked up additional…
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Congratulations to First and Second Place Winners of Graduate Poster Award at the Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day, April, 3, 2014. First Place – Christ Hartman (Mentor: Evert Ting) for his research on reduction of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination on glass by application of bacteriophages.
Second Place – Adam Riley & Jordan Lowry (Mentor: Curtis Creighton) for their research on Larval immunity in burying beetle N. orbicollis.