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PROVIDED PHOTO Mark Eminhizer of Bellefonte poses with a panel of his research on the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon, which he presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in Phoenix.

BELLEFONTE – A Westminster College biology senior and resident of Bellefonte recently presented research on an endangered species of fish at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) annual meeting in Phoenix with the help of the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research.

Mark Eminhizer discussed research on Atlantic sturgeon, an endangered species of fish native to the east coast of North America. Eminhizer specifically looked at juvenile sturgeons between 2 months and 1 year old. Eminhizer examined the gills and the pigmentation found in the gill tissues. From there, the gill tissue was examined further to see if there was an increase in gill pigmentation.

“Since it is an endangered species, I wanted to highlight the Atlantic sturgeon and its gill pigmentation”, said Eminhizer. “This research has the potential to prevent them from going extinct.”

“If it hadn’t been for the Drinko Center travel grant, I don’t know if I would have been able to attend the conference.” said Eminhizer.

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) aims to foster research, education, public awareness and understanding of living organisms, molecules and cells in ecology and evolution. The SICB encourages interdisciplinary collaborative research that integrates across scales, as well as new models and methodologies to enhance research and education.

After graduating in the spring, Eminhizer plans to gain laboratory experience in morphological or comparative biology, and possibly return to school in the future.

For more information on the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research, click here: https://www.westminster.edu/academics/research/index.cfm

For more information on the Department of Biology, click here: https://www.westminster.edu/academics/majors-programs/biology/

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