Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Valve Shape in Eunotia: Comparing Modern and Fossil Floras to Determine Impacts of Greenhouse Climates

By: Jordan Bishop '14
Faculty Adviser: Peter Siver

Ecosystem-Scale Study of the Impact of Excess Nutrients on a Salt Marsh within the Plum Island Estuary of Massachusetts

By: Christopher Haight '11 and Clara Chaisson '12
Faculty Adviser: R. Scott Warren

Ultrastructural Changes in the Digestive Glands of Nepenthes Alata during Protein Absorption

By: Sarah Beaudoin '09
Faculty Adviser: T. Page Owen

Activation of Signaling Pathways during Xylogenesis in Cultured Plant Stem Cells of Zinnia Elegans

By: Lucy Gotta '09, Jessica Sadick '11, Jeff Sumner '12, Aaron Feldman '13, Pam Lovejoy '13, Evan Studwell '13
Faculty Adviser: T. Page Owen


Student profile

Daniel Evanich Daniel Evanich

Botany major, chemistry minor

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I have always been really interested in plant biology and I knew coming in that I wanted to be a Botany major. The Botany Department is a huge reason why I decided to come to Connecticut College. It is unique for a small school like Connecticut College to offer a Botany major so I really felt like coming here was the best of both worlds. I also knew I wanted to do research and was excited at the prospect of getting involved in a lab early on.

Q: Have you done research?
A: I started working in Professor Rachel Spicer’s lab in the second semester of my freshman year and I can truly say it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. Professor Spicer’s research centers on the plant hormone auxin and its role in vascular development and connectivity. My current project is looking at alternative sites for auxin biosynthesis and trying to determine how these sites might contribute to the auxin content of the whole plant.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I am planning on applying to graduate schools early next year with the goal of beginning in the fall of 2015. I am particularly interested in plant biochemistry and am hoping to join a lab doing research in that area.

Selected courses

  • Plants, Protists and Fungi
  • Indigenous Use of Tropical Rainforests
  • Ethnobotany of Southern New England
  • Ecology of Terrestrial and Wetland Plant Communities
  • Marine and Freshwater Botany
  • Genetically Modified Crops
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Plant Structure and Function
  • Plant Systematics and the Local Flora


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