SW13: Braxton Deaver is the Man

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Albert Chen on 08-12-2010 and tagged

Biological Control: The best way to end the Pterois volitans invasion?

In Shane Stone’s preproposal, he is trying to see if Tiger grouper can act as an agent for biological control to hunt Red Lionfish.  He hopes that these fish will hunt on lionfish similar to Blue Spotted cornetfish, which eat lionfish in their native habitats. He will conduct this expermint by placing lionfish, tiger grouper, and blue spotted cornetfish in tanks, comparing how tiger grouper feed on lionfish relative to blue spotted cornetfish.

Quagga Mussels vs. Zebra Mussels, which species is more dangerous to Lake Erie?

The goal of this study is to find out whether the Quaga Mussle can outcompete the Zebra Mussle, as both invasive species have skyrocketed in numbers and seem to fill the same niche. To test this, the mussels’ abilities to consume phytoplankton are measured. The mussels are put in a mesocosm to observe their interaction. The results of this still will allow scientists to divert their attention to the more troublesome species.

Efficiently Trapping Wild Nutria to Control Invasive Populations

The nutria is an invasive rodent found throughout wetlands in the United States. They cause significant damage to the wetlands through destruction of vegetation. There are various methods to controlling nutria populations. There are various ways to capture nutria using various baits in various traps. This experiment combines the most effective bait with the most effective trap to see if they work cohesively. Overall, it is a good experimental set-up. It is an important step that should be taken before a large scale version is initiated. In terms of feedback, reread through the paper and reword sentences that seem awkwardly phrased.

The Nutria Problem: How it can be reduced through the use of incentives for hunters and trappers

We would give the funding to Nutria1 by Braxton Deaver because he had the most effective pre-proposal. In his introduction, he covered every aspect of the Nutria, including its detrimental impact to humans, showing the importance of his research project.  Also, by having information on the previous experiments that have used incentives, he shows that his experiment will be effective.  The experimental set up (methodology) was clear, and he had only minor errors in prose and grammar.

He went into full detail as to the detrimental impacts of the nutria animal.  He really made it feel like his experiment was important and demanded the most attention out of any of the other pre-proposals.  While all experiments seemed important, Braxton did the best job of emphasizing the importance of his experiment.  This comes from the depth of his rationale which was about twice as long as any of the other rationales.  But it was all important information and that is why we chose to give funding to Braxton Deaver.

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