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Cofrin Grant Project Ideas

These are a few suggestions from our faculty, but other proposal topics are welcome. Contact individual faculty members for many more ideas. Also, look through the list of completed projects. Students often do follow-up projects or expand a research project to new areas based on previous studies.

Cofrin Arboretum / UW-Green Bay campus / Point au Sable

  1. Mapping and study of populations of shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) on the Cofrin Arboretum.
  2. Analysis of species composition and biodiversity of mammals at Brussels Hil Cave (museum specimens).
  3. Mapping of white pine and green ash to better understand impacts of tree related diseases.
  4. Documenting and mapping geological data using LIDAR to delineate an abandoned limestone quarry in the Cofrin Arboretum.
  5. Comparison a weather-related data collected at the Bay shore and inland.
  6. Documenting changes in light penetration and plant communities before and after disturbance from sewer construction in the Cofrin Arboretum.
  7. Monitoring and mapping of Phragmites inside the campus circle.
  8. Monitoring of activity at newly installed bluebird boxes in the Cofrin Arboretum.
  9. Mapping and description of the Silurian Escarpment on Campus: Extent of the former (large) quarry on campus (John. Luczaj)
  10. Mapping and description of the Silurian Escarpment on Campus: Determine why the cedars on campus appear to only grow within this old quarry (John Luzcaj)
  11. Mapping and description of the Silurian Escarpment on Campus: Estimate the age of the quarrying operations, based upon the tree growth in the quarry and on tailings piles (John Luzcaj)
  12. Mapping and description of the Silurian Escarpment on Campus: Examine any available historical documents that describe quarrying along the escarpment, especially on campus (aerial photos, etc.) (John Luzcaj)
  13. Mapping and description of the Silurian Escarpment on Campus: For an earth science student, describe the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the rocks on campus and develop information that can be put on the Biodiversity Center's website. (John Luzcaj)
  14. Mutualism/commensalism at ant nests (animals that benefit from ant nests) (Michael Draney
  15. Historical Modification of the Silurian Escarpment on the UW-Green Bay Campus and its effects on plant species. (John Luzcaj, Matt Dornbush)
  16. Analysis of plant diversity and species composition at experimental succession plots (Matt Dornbush)
  17. Vegetation or insect diversity at burned vs. unburned prairie plots (Michael Draney)
  18. Investigation and mapping of Zebra & Quagga mussel deposits on the Green Bay and Lake Michigan shorelines to determine sedimentary processes and deposition rates.
  19. Experimental analysis of beach communities along bay shore (Amy Wolf)
  20. Use of fruiting shrubs by birds and mammals in the Cofrin Arboretum (Bob Howe)
  21. A microclimate survey of the arboretum/campus. (Dr. Meyer)
  22. Seasonal (summer) variation in leaf area index in burned vs. unburned prairie plots. (Matt Dornbush)
  23. Nesting success of Clay-colored Sparrows on UWGB campus (Bob Howe)
  24. Use of abandoned woodchuck burrows by other animals (Bob Howe)
  25. Insect colonization and use of coneflowers at Keith White Prairie (established 20+ years ago) vs. Shorewood savannah planting (2 yrs old) (Amy Wolf)
  26. Inventory of arthropods from pitfall traps in Cofrin Arboretum (Michael Draney)
  27. Experimental study of “ballooning” by spiders (Michael Draney)
  28. Water quality of Mahon Creek and tributaries (Dr. Fermanich)
  29. Land use and watershed impacts on Mahon Creek (Dr. Fermanich)
  30. Flora and fauna of the Hutchison Bog (Gary Fewless)
  31. Investigation of Slug Populations on the Cofrin Arboretum (Michael Draney, Dornbush)
  32. Investigations of salamander or frog populations in arboretum and other natural areas (Dan Meinhardt)
  33. Invasive species investigations

Toft Point / Peninsula Sanctuary

  1. Small mammal survey of Toft Point Natural Area (Bob Howe)
  2. Experimental study of damage to shoreline vegetation by hikers (Gary Fewless)
  3. Seed banks of roadside vs. control plots at Toft Point (Amy Wolf)
  4. Winter birds at the Toft Point Natural Area (Bob Howe)
  5. Survey of breeding fishes in Pickerel Pond and shoreline wetlands (Bob Howe)
  6. Comparison of plant germination at fallen logs vs control plots (Amy Wolf)
  7. Assessment/mapping of browse damage at Toft Point and Peninsula Sanctuary (Bob Howe)

Ridges Sanctuary / Baird Creek Parkway

  1. Invasive species investigations
  2. Vegetation surveys of Logan Creek property at Ridges
  3. Northern pike nursery project at Logan Creek
  4. Spider survey
  5. Survey and comparison of rare plants with historical survey data at Ridges
  6. K-12 curriculum development using Baird Creek parkway as a natural classroom