2006 Undergraduate Laerm Award Winners
The recipient of the 2006 Joshua Laerm Academic Support Award for Undergraduate Students is Andrew M. Durso, Institute of Ecology, who will conduct his research under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Dean, Warnell School of Forest Resources. Andrew will study the effects of environmental factors on genetic diversity within populations of salamanders of the genus Ambystoma in the Whitehall Forest. His research will combine field work and GIS mapping technology, with analysis of the heterozygosity of major histocompatibility complex genes. It is expected that proximity to urban areas well correlate with a decrease in Ambystoma variability. This proposal represents an outstanding example of creative natural history research and the Georgia Museum of Natural History is pleased to contribute to its support.