Capstone Festival

CSUMB's science majors present their capstone projects at the School of Natural Sciences Capstone festivals twice a year: at the Spring Capstone festival in May, and at the Fall Capstone festival in December. These diverse, exciting talks and poster presentations by our Biology, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, and Environmental Science, Technology and Policy seniors are open to all students and the public.

Capstone Festival Program Archive

Spring 2018 - Schedule

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library

Room 1188

Biology, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, and Environmental Science, Technology and Policy students will be presenting their capstone projects and posters.

Capstones

9:00 - 9:05 - Welcome by Dr. Suzy Worcester, Chair, School of Natural Sciences

9:05 - 9:50 - Oral Presentations: Environmental Studies

9:50 - 10:05 - 15-Minute Break

10:05 - 12:00 - Oral Presentations: Marine Science

  • Kelp Wanted? Assessment of Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii) across the Monterey Peninsula. By Isidro Blanco, Lynette Childs, Eric Ho, Janette Lares, Morgan MacIsaac, Cristal Martinez, Arezu Merpour, Elizabeth Morales, Rachel Owen, Cassandra Speidel. Course: MSCI 445: Projects in Marine Ecology (4 units). Professor: Alison Haupt, PhD
  • May the Strongy-est survive: A survey of purple sea urchins along Monterey Bay. By Ariana Bondoc, Avery Calhoun, Korey Cimock, Nanor Derderian, Brendan Di Dio, Gabriella Gough, Charles Nye, Kyndace Safa, Laing Welch. Course: MSCI 445: Projects in Marine Ecology (4 units). Professor: Alison Haupt, PhD
  • Quantifying long-term population dynamics in relation to habitat reconnection. By Kirby Bartlett. Independent Honors MSCI. Advisor: Alison Haupt, PhD
  • Effects of projected upwelling conditions on metabolic poise of larval Gopher rockfish (Sebastes carnatus). By Madison Heard. Independent Honors MSCI. Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Logan, PhD
  • Effects of fluctuating versus static upwelling conditions on the copper rockfish. By Leilani Chantry, Kerissa Eslick, Gema Garcia, Maggie Gusman, Satarah Jackson, Roxeen Ng, Devon Preyer, Annalyn Roberts, Jessica Rodriguez, Alexander Wheeler. Course: MSCI/BIO 430: Marine Experimental Physiology (4 units). Professor: Cheryl Logan, PhD
  • Development of a swimming speed sensor for white sharks. By Patrick Breckinridge, Steven Davidson, Anthony Gutierrez, Katelin Lally, Stephanie Miller, Christopher Nanna, Cody Roberts. Course: MSCI 437: Ocean Instrumentation Projects (4 units). Professor: Steve Moore, PhD
  • Demersal Fish Assemblage Interactions and Microhabitat Associations in the Deep Photic Zone of the Carmel Submarine Canyon. By Aaron Agredano, Alyssa Bellamy, Morgan Deraya, Sarah Farnsworth, Angela Fortuna, Brooke Fulkerson, Daniel Gross, Lauren Kapphahn, Kyle Mooers, Steven Rayo, Zoe Zepp. Course: MSCI 455: Marine Fish Ecology (4 units). Professor: James Lindholm, PhD

12:00 - 12:30 - 30-Minute Break

12:30 - 2:00 - Oral Presentations: Environmental Science, Technology, & Policy

  • Partitioning Sediment Sources at Hollister Hills Off- Highway Vehicle Park. By Nathan Adams, Ann Batoon, Ryan Brown, Paul Carson, Kyle Dziuba, Emma Haines, Magnolia Morris, Elizabeth Patron, Megan Pentecost, Casey Sigelakis, Adrianna York. Course GEOL 460: River Hydrology, Assmt&Monitor (4 units). Professor: Doug Smith, PhD
  • Distribution and habitat characteristics of native bunchgrass within a coastal California grassland, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey CA. By Noel Garcia Martinez, Nicholas Some, Catrina Toy, Nicole Inglis. Course: ENVS 475: Projects in Natural Resource Management (4 units). Professor: Rob Burton, PhD
  • Two Decades of Perspective on Native grassland management and the use of targeted grazing in Fort Ord National Monument. By Rachel Duckworth, Alex Holiday, Emmanuel Kendle. Course: ENVS 475: Projects in Natural Resource Management (4 units). Professor: Rob Burton, PhD
  • The Recovery of Sobranes Creek from Wildfire. By Sage Shrader, Hegel Sundiam, Madeline Wainscott, Jessica Williamson. Course: ENVS 410/BIO 448. Professor: John Olson, PhD
  • The Effects of a New Zealand Mud Snail Invasion on Macroinvertebrates in the Carmel River. By Trevor Masters, Sara Mojica, Isabella Munguia. Course: ENVS 410/BIO 448. Professor: John Olson, PhD

2:00 - 2:15 - 15-Minute Break

2:15 - 2:50 - Oral Presentations: Biology

  • The first draft de novo genome sequence for the hemiclonal fish, Poeciliopsis monacha. By Rachel Hewitt, Connor Kemling, Sophia Santos, Katrina Wildermuth. Course: BIO 410: Bioinformatics (4 units). Professor: Nate Jue, PhD
  • Galectin-3 Inhibitor GR-MD-02 Increases CD8 T Cell Infiltration of MCA-205 Tumors. By Leah R. Martin, Michael J. McNamara PhD, Mohammad Farhad, Stephanie N. Linch PhD, Melissa J. Kasiewicz, Ian Hilgart-Martiszus, Peter G. Traber, and William L. Redmond PhD. Advisor: William Redmond, PhD
  • The Effect of Low-Dose (400mg) Versus Standard Dose Efavirenz (600mg) Among HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. By Robert Castro, Andrew Anglemyer, Hacsi Horvath, George Rutherford. Advisor: Andrew Anglemyer, PhD (NPS)

3:00 - 4:50 - Poster presentations: Biology (14 posters), Environmental Science, Technology & Policy (2 posters), and Environmental Studies (4 posters)

Biology Posters

  • The Effect of Low-Dose (400mg) Versus Standard Dose Efavirenz (600mg) Among HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. By Robert Castro, Andrew Anglemyer, Hacsi Horvath, George Rutherford. Advisor: Aparna Sreenivasan PhD
  • The Investigation of the Role of Lac1/Lag1 in Early G1 Events in the Cell Cycle of the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. By Alexander Ferriera, Leah Martin, Doug Kellogg PhD. Advisor: Aparna Sreenivasan PhD
  • Cape Mendocino as a Barrier to Larval Dispersal using the Limpet Lottia digitalis. By Skylar Kensinger. Advisor: Eric Crandall PhD
  • Galectin-3 Inhibitor GR-MD-02 Increases CD8 T Cell Infiltration of MCA-205 Tumors. By Leah R. Martin, Michael J. McNamara PhD, Mohammad Farhad, Stephanie N. Linch PhD, Melissa J. Kasiewicz, Ian Hilgart-Martiszus, Peter G. Traber, and William L. Redmond. Advisor: William Redmond PhD
  • Loci Synteny Between Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila eugracilis. By Pamela Recio. Advisor: Aparna Sreenivasan PhD
  • Generation of Temperature Sensitive Lac1 Mutants in Budding Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in BIO 461: Eukaryotic Molecular Biology (4 units)- A Research Intensive Course. By Shafer Smith, Lauren Kent, Alexander Ferreira. Advisor: Aparna Sreenivasan PhD
  • Investigating macroscopic fungal communities in the Fort Ord National Monument. By Danahe Pelcastre, Ana Maria Carrillo, Margaux Karp, Trevor Throne, Ruth Hastings, Timmy Tran, Ryan Fansett. Course: BIO 425: Systematic and Molecular Mycology (4 units). Professor: Tim Miles, PhD
  • Sun solarization of the pathogen Phytophthora tentaculata. By Amy Adams, Natalie Colin-Santana. Course: BIO 425: Systematic and Molecular Mycology (4 units). Professor: Tim Miles, PhD
  • Gram-Negative Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Identified from Salinas Valley Agricultural Runoff Water. By Pauline Seto, Erica Bellmaster, Maritza Valle, Itzel Gonzalez. Course: BIO 421: Microbiology Research (3 units). Professor: Jenn Kato, MS
  • Pseudomonas Susceptibility Among Select Antibiotics and the Influence on Bioremediation in Agricultural Fields. By Kathy Tom, Hannah Lever, Frances Gonzalez, Cristina Zaragoza. Course: BIO 421: Microbiology Research (3 units). Professor: Jenn Kato, MS
  • Comparative Analysis of Denitrifying Bacteria Found in the Salinas Agriculture Runoff Water. By Rubi Rangel, Alyssa Salinas, Celeste Rangel, Nancy Aldaco. Course: BIO 421: Microbiology Research (3 units). Professor: Jenn Kato, MS
  • Characteristics of Pseudomonas sp. as an important bioremediation factor in the degradation of Malathion. By Mollie Black, Katie Berryman, Haley Kammeier, Grace Llyod, Hailey Vallejo. Course: BIO 421: Microbiology Research (3 units). Professor: Jenn Kato, MS
  • The Advantageous Effects of Pseudomonas on Plant Growth. By Kelsey Asuncion, Mathew Rodriguez, Nicole Scarborough, Shima Baboldashtian. Course: BIO 421: Microbiology Research (3 units). Professor: Jenn Kato, MS
  • Processes of Bacterial Denitrification in Water Runoff. By Alexa Torres, Nuvia Garcia-Merino, Eduardo Valles, Josiah Inovejas, Brian Ruiz. Course: BIO 421: Microbiology Research (3 units). Professor: Jenn Kato, MS

Environmental Science, Technology, & Policy Posters

  • Magnitude and Timing of Sediment Transport Processes in Two Landside Complexes at Hollister Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Park. By: Nathan Adams, Ann Batoon, Ryan Brown, Paul Carson, Kyle Dziuba, Emma Haines, Magnolia Morris, Elizabeth Patron, Megan Pentecost, Casey Sigelakis, Adrianna York. Course: GEOL 460: River Hydrology, Assmt&Monitor (4 units). Professor: Doug Smith, PhD
  • The Effects of a New Zealand Mud Snail Invasion on Macroinvertebrates in the Carmel River. By Trevor Masters, Sara Mojica, Isabella Munguia. Course: ENVS 410/BIO 448. Professor: John Olson, PhD

Environmental Studies Posters

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Fall 2017 - Schedule

9:00 - 9:05 - Welcome by Dr. Suzy Worcester, Chair, School of Natural Sciences

9:05-10:30 - Oral Presentations: Environmental Studies

  • Inspiring Field Experiences in Seaside California. By Kristie Moody, Kathryn Dailey, Ryan Vasquez, and Robert Banales
  • Engaging the CSUMB Community in the City of Seaside’s Campus Town Development. By Kaylie Low, Ann Cheshinski, and Chad Navarrete
  • Experiential Education for Change at Los Arboles Middle School. By Katie Brown. Community Partner: Los Arboles Middle School, Marina CA
  • Flows to the Bay. By Emilee Ahearn and Michael Lotito. Community Partner: Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project
  • Bird’s Eye View: Interpreting Bird Banding at Fort Ord Natural Reserve. By Rachel Perpignani

10:30-10:45 -15-Minute Break

10:45-11:15 - Oral Presentations: Biology

  • Change in Total Mercury Levels in Sergestes similis in Monterey Bay from 2011 to 2016. By Jesse Suggs. Mentors: Dr. John Goeltz (CSUMB) and Dr. Anela Choy (MBARI)
  • Spider Species Richness across Habitat Types at the University of California, Fort Ord Natural Reserve (UCFONR). By Andrew Caudillo. Mentor: Dr. Jenny Duggan

11:15-12:15 - Oral Presentations: Environmental Science, Technology & Policy

  • Camera Traps at the Santa Lucia Preserve: Capturing the Importance of Citizen Scientists. By Cherelle Allord, Cristina Criollo, Bailey Gastelum, Samantha Gautreaux, and Rosalinda Vizina
  • Camera Traps at the Santa Lucia Preserve: Responses of Cosmopolitan Species to Exurbanization. By Katie Chiapuzio, Blaine Conroy, Yakira Galvez, Madison Meek, and Dale Wilkison
  • Camera Traps at the Santa Lucia Preserve: Modeling Space Use of Wide-Ranging Carnivores. By Virginia Camacho, Sarah Epstein, Matt Kendall, Ryan Mendoza, and Char’Mane Robinson
  • Testing the Influence of Personality on Foraging Decisions by Shrubland Small Mammals. By Rebecca Roberts

12:15-12:45 - 30-Minute Break

12:45- 1:30  - Oral Presentations: Marine Science

  • Scale Driven Estimates of Marine Biodiversity: Applications to Coastal Monitoring Programs. By Athena Genschaw, Katelin Lally, Araceli Murillo, Brenda Ortiz, Justin Rawlins, Kristen Steed, and Caleb Yakel
  • Back from the Deep: A Latitudinal Survey of California’s Kelp, Fish and Invertebrate Communities. By Nicholas Andrighetto, Patrick Breckinridge, Aubryanna Colyer, Thomas Dolan, Dylan Jones, Travis Leggett, Timothy Paulson, and Keenan Washburn

1:30- 3:00 - Poster presentations: Biology (13 posters) and Environmental Studies (2 posters)

Biology Posters

  • Using Comparative Genomics to Study Evolutionary Relationships between Drosophila Species. By Drew Plassman. Mentor: Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan
  • Assessment of Local Soil Bacteria Capable of Degrading Pesticides as a Sole Carbon Source. By Alyza Valdez. Mentor: Dr. Arlene Haffa
  • Spider Species Richness across Habitat Types at the University of California, Fort Ord Natural Reserve (UCFONR). By Andrew Caudillo. Mentor: Dr. Jenny Duggan
  • Change in Total Mercury Levels in Sergestes similis in Monterey Bay from 2011 to 2016. By Jesse Suggs. Mentors: Dr. John Goeltz (CSUMB) and Dr. Anela Choy (MBARI)
  • Recording the Dynamic Passing Cloud Display in Cuttlefish. By Valerie Hinojoza-Rood. Mentor: Dr. Roger T. Hanlon (Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA)
  • The Role of Dongsha Atoll in an Indo-Pacific Metapopulation of Blue Striped Snapper. By Dana Briggs
  • Bacterial Degradation of Winery Effluent. By Tonie Rosier, Sarah Benning, Katelyn Fidler, Sarah Burdette, and Anthony Ellsworth
  • Determining Antibiotic Resistance in Winery Ponds. By Dylan Martin, Tyler Miller, Sarah Petty, Julian Quilatan, and Clint Walterman
  • BOD Levels and Glucose Fermentation in Winery Ponds. By Marissa Partida-Bueno, Zakiya Poole, and Lissa Ramos
  • Biochemical Analysis of Citrobacter in winery Ponds. By Daniel Aguirre, Carolina Guia, Jonathan Lugo, and Kaitlin Vallin
  • Assessment on the Effectiveness of the Wastewater Filtration System at Gonzalez Winery. By Darby Graham, Julie Flores, Marin Ewing, Mykayla Latronica, and Svetlana Butova
  • The Presence of Denitrifying Bacteria in Winery Wastewater Ponds and Applications to Agricultural Purposes. By Nathaniel Bond, Sylveen Hall, Brenda Hernandez, and Kate Ingram
  • Antibiotic Resistance in Winery Pond Water. By Daniel Caldwell, Sofia Hernandez, Lane Lewis, Alyssa Licata, and Taylor Morris

Environmental Studies Posters

  • Inspiring Field Experiences in Seaside California. By Kristie Moody, Kathryn Dailey, Ryan Vasquez, and Robert Banales
  • Engaging the CSUMB Community in the City of Seaside’s Campus Town Development. By Kaylie Low, Ann Cheshinski, and Chad Navarrete
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Capstone Video Archive

Visit CSUMB's School of Natural Sciences' YouTube Channel to access capstone presentation videos. These capstone presentations contain student's work completed as part of their capstone requirement under supervision of a principal investigator. The results presented do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of CSUMB, its staff, or students.

For more details on specific capstone projects, please visit the University Capstone & Thesis Archive.