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March 10, 2020
At the end of February, 19 students from the College of Science and Health participated in the 2020 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference hosted at Western Illinois University. Students' research and presentations focused on the fields of ecology and evolution, with topics including brown rat populations in Chicago, pectoral fins of sharks and a new fossil fish.
“Scientific conferences are important venues for young scientists because they can share their own and learn about others' frontline research," says Kenshu Shimada, a professor of environmental science and studies, and biology at DePaul. Shimada organized the 2020 MEEC trip. “Conferences also provide our students an opportunity to interact with experts in their fields, ultimately expanding their professional network."
This winter, students from the College of Science and Health participated in the 2020 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. (Image courtesy of Myles Walsh)
Alexandra Krak, a biology major, presented on the dentition of the extinct megamouth shark, Megachasma applegatei, from the late Oligocene-early Miocene of southern California. (Image courtesy of Myles Walsh)
Environmental science student Patrick Gonzales researched a new marine vertebrate fauna from the basal Greenhorn Limestone in southeastern Colorado. (Image courtesy of Timothy Cronin)
Kristin Staub, a biology student at DePaul, studied the correlation between altitude and morphological variation of South American fish in Andean mountain streams. (Image courtesy of Timothy Cronin)
Riley Hacker, a graduate student in the biology program, focused his research on an ichthyodectiform fish (Osteichthyes:Actinopterygii) from the Upper Cretaceous Woodbine Formation in Texas. (Image courtesy of Timothy Cronin)