2007 Undergraduate Laerm Award Winners
The recipient of the 2007 Joshua Laerm Academic Support Award for Undergraduate Students is Zach Tarleton, a Biological Sciences Division major, who will conduct his research under the direction of Dr. Byron Freeman, Institute of Ecology and Georgia Museum of Natural History. Zach will study trematode parasites (Trematoda: Monogenea) infecting a group of fishes known as darters (Percidae). He will test methods and procedures used in similar studies to establish a new field method for parasite collection. He will also collect parasite and host genetic material for molecular analysis to illustrate the relationship between darters and the parasites that infect them. 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.