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Zoology students win top poster awards at AAS meetings

06/22/2010

Miami zoology students received the top awards given for poster presentations at the annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society, June 11-15.

Doctoral student Michael Sitvarin received first place for his poster presentation "Effect of experience with predation cue on the behavior of Pardosa milvina." Kelsey Breen, senior zoology major from Alma, Mich., won second place with her presentation "Predator coexistence: the role of chemical cues in the interactions between Hogna helluo and Scarites quadriceps and between Hogna helluo and Rabidos spp."

The awards are given to students who present a completed body of independent research in a clear, understandable and exciting manner. This is the second year in a row that Miami students received the top poster presentation awards at the Arachnological Society meetings.

Sitvarin and Breen, who is a 2010 undergraduate summer scholar, are advised by Ann Rypstra, Distinguished Professor of Zoology.

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