Published on March 6, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
AAS 2019
Student researchers included Johnny Herbert, Merrilea Duke, Erin Prester and Karen M. Inouye

Students and faculty of Samford University's Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences earned top honors at the 96th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Tuskegee University Feb. 20-22.

Students Merrilea Duke, Johnny Herbert and Erin Prester, and professor Malia Fincher earned the event’s poster award for their research on the natural defensive compounds produced by oak acorns to defend themselves against weevils and other attackers that consume a large portion of the acorn crop each year.

Student Karen M. Inouye, department chair Anthony S. Overton and Alabama A&M University professor Douglas A.Smith earned the oral presentation award for their documentation of the first evidence of natural reproduction of striped bass in the Tennessee River. That work is particularly significant because the research discovered that Wheeler Reservoir is supporting a breeding population of striped bass, and this is one of only three lakes in the country where these fish have been shown to be spawning.

Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) emphasizes undergraduate research and collaboration with expert faculty as a key experience of preparation for careers. Projects from each of the 14 HCAS departments will be featured at the college’s annual research fair in April.

 
About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.