Project Proposals for 2004-2005
DWRC Undergraduate Internships
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1. Invasive Plants Internship:
Dr. Judith Hough-Goldstein, advisor,
2. Hydrogeology Internship:
A. Scott Andres, advisor,
3. Water sampling / analysis /
survey: Dennis McIntosh, advisor,
4. West Nile Vectors in Stormwater Ponds Internship: Dr. Jack B. Gingrich, advisor,
Advisor: Dr. Judith Hough-Goldstein, Dept. of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology
Phone: (302) 831-2529
Project: Biological Control of Purple
Loosestrife, an Invasive Plant in
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a perennial European plant
that invades marshes and lakeshores in
Herbicides and mechanical control
methods are generally not feasible where vast stands of this weed have
developed, and therefore scientists have sought biological control agents from
the plant’s native range. Of the more than 100 insect species that feed on purple loosestrife in
reductions of purple loosestrife stands have occurred in some areas where
beetles have been released, while in others little noticeable change in the
plant population has yet occurred. This
project would involve hands-on release and monitoring of one or more of these
beetle species in
Phone: (302) 831-0599
Objectives: To gain practical knowledge and experience in the interpretation of water quality data, evaluation of the relationships between watershed characteristics and water quality, and methods used in multi-disciplinary environmental research.
Project Description: This project has three main components, A) GIS analysis, B) data compilation and QA/QC, and C) computation of pollutant loads.
A. The intern will get direct experience with GIS analysis of land use, soils, hydrologic characteristics, and pollutant sources in the study area.
B. The intern will learn steps routinely employed for automated and manual compilation of water quality, precipitation, and stream discharge data, and data QA/QC tasks. This work is done with spreadsheet, GIS, and database software packages and requires constructing charts and tables and completing statistical evaluation of data.
C. The intern will work with existing programs and help develop and evaluate improved methods for computing pollutant loads.
Advisor: Dr. Dennis McIntosh, Assistant Research Professor & Extension Specialist - Aquaculture
Phone: (302) 857-6456
Fax: (302) 857-6402
Profile in recent DSU Aquaculture news on the Web:
http://cars.desu.edu/aqua-sci/newsletters.htm (Winter 2004, see page 3)
this spring, I will be working in conjunction with other 1890 institutions in
the Mid-Atlantic region to identify and sample drinking water from small,
under-served farms. The project involves
water sampling, conducting chemical and biological analysis, and a survey
instrument. I anticipate that a student
intern could directly assist the small farm extension agents in DE with the
water sampling and survey. In addition,
I am seeking a collaborator here on campus to do the biological analysis. The student intern would likely be able to
participate here as well. If the intern
is interested, arrangements could likely be made for the intern to travel to
Advisor: Dr. Jack B. Gingrich, UD Dept. of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology
Assessment of stormwater BMP’s,
mitigated wetlands, and highway sand filters as breeding areas for mosquito
In 2003, an epidemic of
Last year, a preliminary study showed that about 20 percent
of stormwater ponds were serious producers of large
numbers of larval mosquitoes, many of them being
This year, we wish to study the above factors in greater
depth, and obtain more predictive results regarding their relationships to
mosquito abundance. Moreover, two
different sampling areas have been added that were not in last year’s
project. These two new areas include
sand filters along
Objectives: See “Project” above.
Special Requirement: The student must be able to drive independently to study sites across the state and work with limited supervision following an intensive training period at the outset of the study. .