Wesley College Student Olivia Gulledge earned second place in a student poster competition during the 2018 Delaware Wetland Conference in Wilmington, Delaware on January 31 through February 1, 2018.
Wesley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Dr. Stephanie Stotts, attended the conference and brought four students to the event. Students Kassandra Rodriguez, Sydney Hall, Katelyn Fry and Gulledge attended and presented posters. Gulledge also gave a presentation at the conference, “Dendroecologically Understanding Chamecyparis thoides Resiliency to Salinity Intrusion.” The presentation focused on Gulledge’s thesis research which aims to understand how freshwater coastal wetlands respond to increased salinity associated with sea level rise by examining the annual rings of Atlantic white cedar trees that died due to salinization associated with the dredging of the St. Jones River.
Her poster “Ceullularly Understanding Chamecyparis thyoides Resiliency to Salinity Intrusion” won second place in the student poster competition. Students Hall, Fry, and Rodriguez presented posters entitled “Analysis of Water Quality in the St. Jones River,” “Discharge Precipitation Relationship for White Clay Creek,” and “Vegetation Community Response to Large Scale Tidal Marsh Restoration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.” Gulledge’s poster examined the cellular response of Atlantic White Cedar to salt stress. Hall’s poster focused on the relationship between phosphorus, temperature, and oxygen in the St. Jones River over a 16 year time frame. Fry’s poster displayed the relationship between heavy precipitation events and discharge at a monitoring station on the White Clay Creek. Rodriguez’s poster presented preliminary vegetation monitoring after salt marsh restoration activities at Prime Hook.
The conference brought more than 300 attendees across the Mid Atlantic to Delaware to connect, learn and protect Delaware’s wetlands. The conference was presented by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.