Two West Conn undergrads are participating in a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program in the university's Biological and Environmental Sciences Department. One is working on a research project seeking new methods to detect the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome in bats. The other is studying conservation efforts to help injured sea turtles in Long Island Sound.
Jasmine Grey of Naugatuck being mentored by Dr. Hannah Reynolds about the disease that has decimated bat populations across the northeastern United States and disrupted a natural control on insects that damage U.S. agricultural production.
Kayla Deguzman of Norwalk is collaborating with Dr. Theodora Pinou to determine whether intervention to rescue, treat and restore injured sea turtles to their natural habitat affects their navigational mechanisms and behavior after release.