Melanie Engstrom

Melanie Engstrom

Title: Undergraduate Student, SoLUR Fellow
Conservation biology, CACSCG President
Arizona State University, Senior

email: Melanie.Engstrom@asu.edu

 

My research with the lab has been possible due to the support of the SOLUR program here at ASU. I began as an apprentice, after a year I became a researcher and am now a fellow with the program. My first project involved testing the stoichiometric knife edge hypothesis, where very low food C:P ratios are believed to impair consumer growth and survival—producing a unimodal response. Early 2007, I presented a poster of my KEH work at the ASLO 2007 Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently I am conducting my second project, focusing on temperature variability and its effect on consumer food quality traits. More specifically, I ask 1. does Daphnia pulex experience no effect from food quality in a variable temperature regime? 2. if so, how wide must the temperature range amplitude be around a mean to null food quality effects? This summer, I will be joining the lab up in Colorado. I may be able to use this opportunity to run another temperature variability experiment, but this time in situ’.