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  • Pine Lake flora

Faculty Research

Impacts of an Invasive Crayfish on a Stream Community
Mark Kuhlmann, Associate Professor of Biology
Research is focused on 1) documenting the distribution of introduced and native crayfish in the upper Susquehanna River and its tributaries, 2) exploring the mechanisms that allow the rusty crayfish to invade stream habitats, and 3) examining the effects of rusty crayfish on local stream communities.

Revisiting Acid Rain: Nitrate and Sulfate Deposition in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin
Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geology
We are assessing acid deposition in Pine Lake, Charlotte Creek and the Susquehanna River and following-up previous research over the past 12 years.

Organ Regeneration in Red Spotted Newts of Pine Lake
Stan Sessions, Professor of Biology
My students and I have embarked on a study of organ regeneration and bioengineering using Red Spotted Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens). A key goal is to identify stem cells that might be involved, and use the stem cells for bioengineering various organs such as heart and brain.

Collaborative Research on the Effects of Environmental Stressors on Amphibians

Stan Sessions, Professor of Biology
This 4-year project is studying the effects of chemical pollution on amphibians and their parasites. This research has generated three book chapters and ten published research articles, many with Hartwick undergraduates as coauthors.

Impact of Recreational Use of Public Lands on Biological and Ecological Diversity
Peter Fauth, Associate Professor of Biology
We are discussing collaborative projects with state agencies to research, monitor, and measure long-term impact of human use on public lands (Robert V. Riddell State Park),to better inform land use management decision-making.