Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-04-09

By Tully Taylor

Samford University students Meredith Kronn and Foster Veazey and biology and environmental sciences department faculty members Kristin Bakkegard, assistant professor, and Elizabeth Dobbins, associate professor,  presented at the Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting April 4-7 in Athens, Ga.

Kronn and Veazey, both seniors, presented "The Effects of Rock Vanes on Sedimentation in Shades Creek, Birmingham, Ala." Samford University installed rock vanes along parts of Shades Creek located on university property and in pairs the student studied the effects throughout their senior seminar class with help from Bakkegard and Dobbins.

Bakkegard and Dobbins presented "How to conduct a one-semester, field-based, senior capstone course in three easy steps." In their presentation they outlined how they lead Samford's senior seminar for biology majors with a hands on approach.

Bakkegard joined Samford's faculty in 2008 and Dobbins in 1996.

Tully Taylor is a senior journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in Samford University's office of marketing and communication.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.