2013 Young Naturalist Awards Winners, Finalists, and Semifinalists
2013 YNA Winners
- Chelsea C. A Study of the Effectiveness of Deer Repellents on the Eating Habits of White-tailed Deer
- Claire K.-K. Urban Birds in Central Park
- Julia C. Weed Warfare: Investigating Allelopathy
- Vrinda M. Bacterial Activity in Different Water Sources: A Sequel Comparative Study
- Sophie N. Floating Docks Provide Footing for Marine Exotic Species: Differences in Dock Substrate Types within a Coastal Pond
- Sterling F. Troubled Waters: An Analysis of Water Quality and Biota in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River
- Abby W. Significantly Increasing the Concentration of Cellulosic Ethanol Using Cedecea davisae
- Kriti L. Manipulating Mutant Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strains in Hydrogen Production: A Novel Source of Renewable Energy
- Melody S. The Effects of Soil Nitrogen Content on the Caloric Investments of the Carnivorous Plant Drosera capensis
- Meghana R. The Effects of Heat-Shock Therapy on the Immunity of Hard Clams Towards Quahog Parasite Unknown Disease
- Sara V. Optimizing Algae Biofuels: Applied Natural Selection to Improve Lipid Synthesis
- Tanner S. Analysis of the Composition of Mammalian Species in an Urban, Fragmented Area in Southern California
2013 YNA Finalists
7th Grade Finalists
- Kate M. Round-up Vs. Organic Herbs
- Megan S. What is the Prime Temperature for Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus Eggs to Become Embryos?
- Minerva J. The Effect of Storms on the Acidity of an Estuary
- Nikhil G. The Effect of Roadside Mowing and Fertilizer Use on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Populations in Central New Jersey
- Valerie T. The Life Cycle of the Golden Silk Orb-weaver in Northwest Florida
8th Grade Finalists
- Caroline E. Testing for Bacteria in Storm Gardens Throughout Stanton, Virginia
- Dominick F. Mushrooms in Winter
- Ellison K. Growth Recipe: The Effect of Bio-stimulants on the Growth Rate of Kidney Beans
- Natalie K. Comparison of Acidity Levels in Peat vs. Non-Peat Wetlands
- Nirja S. If The Earth’s Magnetic Field is Disturbed and Registers a Kp Index of 7 or Higher, Then More Than One Sunspot Occurred 24 Hours Earlier
- Sarah W. Stereotypy in Animals
9th Grade Finalists
- Chelsey F. Mammalian Clues: Using Signs to Identify Mammals During Winter
- Thomas P. The Use of Lichens in the Dating of Stone Structures
- Victoria L. How Different Eco Roofs Affect Internal Temperatures of Buildings
10th Grade Finalists
- Ani T. What Type of Grass Grows Best In Virginia’s Soil?
- Anne M. Artificial Selection in Brassica rapa
- Brandon C. Banana Peel as a Potential Biosorbent for Sequestering Heavy Metals from Wastewater
- Kalia F. Oxylipins: Natural Protection Against Nematodes
- Mark L. Evaluating the Potential Usage of Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) in the Bioremediation of Sodium Perchlorate
- McKenzie G. When and Where are Deer Most Active?
11th Grade Finalists
- Emily W. The Effect of Hydraulic Fracturing on Methane Levels in the Dimock, Pennsylvania Area
- Hannah S. Do Plants Talk: The Effects of Mycorrhizal Networks on Defense Signaling in Zea mays
- Ian G. Spatial and Temporal Diversity of Bird Species in a Sub-Alpine Ecosystem
- Jonathan G. Individual Variation in the Auditory Productions of Arapaima sp. in the North Rupununi Savannas, Guyana
- Michelle Z. Contaminating Pesticides: The Effect of Officinalis Plants on Bacterial Inhibition of Bacillus subtilis
- Sana K. Investigating the Interruption of Regeneration in Dugesia tigrina Using Praziquantel
12th Grade Finalists
- Eamon C. Bird Diversity, Richness and Abundance in Areas of High and Low Density of Selected Invasive Plants in an Urban Park
- Erin B. A Comparative Study of Butterfly Population and Diversity in Burned Habitats, Savannas Preserve State Park
- Jessica F. The Relationship Between Avian Night Flight Call Production and Weather During Migration
- Julia F. Effectiveness of UV Irradiation in Reduction of Pathogens During Sewage Treatment
- Paige D. Characteristics that Contribute to Nest Success of Endangered Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
- Pamela B. Investigating Juvenile Anguilla rostrata Decline in Hudson River Tributaries Using Physicochemical Properties and Biotic Indicators of Water Quality
- Peter G. An Investigation of the Impact of Deer Herbivory on Leaf Nutrient Content and Leaf Thickness of Betula lenta in Black Rock Forest, New York
2013 YNA Semifinalists
7th Grade Semifinalists
Aanya K. Plants Reaction to Different Wavelengths of Light
Aditya S. Effect of Air Quality on Asthma
Ana Maria L. Plants
Anna M. Rats in the Subway
Annie B. Ozone in Homes
Antoni Y. Effect of Chemical Fertilizers on the Growth…
Ashvin D. Comparison of Cleaning Agents
Bethany B. Testing the Effect of Greywater…
Brooke T. Light and Plant Growth Rate
Bryan T. Radish Growth and Water Temperature
Bryan T. Food Preferences of Red-eared Slider Turtles
Catherine M. Guinea Pig Food Preferences
Chester T. What is a Bird’s Food Preference?
Christopher D. Weather and Soil Moisture
Dylan L. Which Liquid Grows Beans Best?
Dylan V. Investigating Electromagnetic Radiation in a School Setting
Eli H. Large, Medium or Small?
Eliza F. What Foods Will Birds Eat?
Gabriella R. Comparing Height of Non-hybrid and Hybrid Plants
Grant J. Seasonal Change and Birdseed
Haley D. Can Dogs See in Color?
Halle D. Fine Quality H2O
Henry B. Pigeons and Colored Popcorn
Jane K. Is Sunlight Really Necessary?
Jaime I. Alvin’s Favorite Fruits
Javen P. Watering Plants with Different Liquids
Jocelyn M. Effects of Hurricane Sandy on Water Quality
Josie C. Will Watering Plants with Dye and Water Affect Their Growth?
Juliet R. How Filters Affect Water Quality
Karna E. Food Waste
Kate S. Cat Coat Colors
Kavin C. How Long Will Wood Burn?
Kevin L. How Helpful is Sound?
Leonardo M. The Melting Speed of Ice
Lillian H. Does the Color of Light Change the Growth…
Lucas F.-O. Cats and Weight
Madeleine W. Effect of CO2 on the Growth Rate of the Kentucky Wonder Plant
Madison M. pH of Water and Soil
Maritza R. Can A Drip Feeder Help Plants Grow?
Meredith C. A Plant’s Drink of Choice
Molly M. The pH of Water
Natalie Joy H. Is Soil Best for Growing Plants?
Nathan M. Moon and Tides Relationship
Nathan Y. What Attracts Fruit Flies?
Oliver C. How Exercise Affects Dog Behavior
Oliver D. Pickup Problem
Payton B. Grains and Brains
Rachel Y. Bacteria Growth with Algae
Ron N. Forces of Attraction
Sarah C. Fertilizer and Plant Growth
Shaila F. Comparing the Efficacy of Deer Repellents
Shelby S. Temperature and the Drying Time of Paint
Sucheta M. Examining Wetland Soil vs. Temperate Soil
Sydairee D. Atmosphere and Plant Growth
Tori M. pH Levels of Water
Virginia W. Snails and Weather
Weezie M. Colorful World
8th grade Semifinalists
Alexander P. Energy From Grass Clippings
Andrew B. Harbor Seals and Human Interaction
Ehsan A. Predicting the Weather
Emily M. Macroinvertebrates and Climate
Gillian S. Annual Seeds and Their Blossoms
Jo R. Guinea Pigs' Eating Habits
Jordan O. Effect of Different Fertilizer on Radish Growth
Kaleel V. V. Radish Adaptation in Two Growing Environments
Kayleigh O. The Life of a Mallard in Maine
Matthew I. Interdependence of the Wild Turkey
Meagan E. One Plant, Many Soils
Megan C. American Robin, Strategies for Survival
Michelle X. Natural Herbs as a Safe Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Preston D. Electric Road
Priyanka M. Using Spices to Help Hypoglycemia
Sylvia D. Is the Sparrow Population Decreasing?
Victor S. Radishes, Can You Shrink?
Zahabiya C. Which Substance Absorbs the Most Water?
Grade 9 Semifinalists
Alex P. Phytoremediation Using Lemna minor
Bobby M. Brown Anoles in Florida
Brianna B. Effects of Wavelength on Photosynthesis of Spinacea oleracea
Cole D. Reducing Use of Pesticides Using the Hedge Apple
Caroline, C. Flowing in the Grass Beds
Harry P. Geometric Bore Variations and Their Harmonic Nuances
Kyrsti P. Synthetic Turf vs. Natural Grass
Madeline D. Habitat Loss of the Coachella valley Fringed-toed Lizard
Peter M. Sand Dune Protection Against Coastal Flooding
Sidney P. Intruding Bears
Taylor D. Wind Turbine 101
Tiffany S. Can Asparagas Inhibit Growth of S. cerevisiae Cells?
Grade 10 Semifinalists
Anzia A. Effect of rBGH on Learning and Regenerative Abilities of Dugesia tigrina
Bluye D. Cleaning Metal Contaminated Water Using Pyrolyzed Banana Peels
Danyelle H. Is Streptomycin an Environmental Threat?
Elliot S. Evidence for Ice Age Rebound at Gerritsen Creek
India F. Hypsibius as a Bioindicator of Toxicity of gamma-cyhalothrin
Jessica F. Water Pollution: A Comparison of Three Creeks
John L. The Effects of Chill-Hardening Brassica rapa on Its Chlorophyll Concentrations and Post-Harvest Spoiling Times
Laya M. Testing Ayurvedic Herbs for Antibacterial Properties
Rachel J. The Effects of Juglone on Selective Soil Organisms
Renzhentaxi B. Effect of Acid Rain and Ambient Air Particulates on O. basilicum
Samuel G. Effects of Ultrasound on Radish Seed Germination and Growth Under Normal and Water-Restricted Conditions
Taylor M. Testing Fertilizer and Bacteria on Plant Growth
Thomas D. What Factors Affect Bird Feeding Patterns?
Tracy T. Effect of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium on Types of Daisies
Tyler M. How Does Turbidity Affect Sunfish Feeding?
Wade W. Sans Soil vs. Conventional Crop
Ziva S. Effect of Lavender Oil and Manuka Oil on E. coli
Grade 11 Semifinalists
Andy M. Algae: The Living Oil Factory
Alec S. The Synergistic Effect of Garlic and Ampicillin on Escherichia coli and the Effect of Garlic Alone on an Ampicillin Resistant Strain
Ashley K. Antibacterial Properties of Nut Sedge Extracts
Elisa V. Effects of Cold Exposed Milkweed on Monararch Butterfly Health and Development
George M. Testing the Cephalic Adhesive Organ Hypothesis in Cyprinid Protolarvae
Insiyah C. Can A Green Bean Plant Grow Without Salt
Janki T. The Effect of Paraformaldehyde on Membrane Potential and Synaptic Response at the Crayfish Neuromuscular Junction
Jordan S. Investigating Ability of Lactobacillus acidophilus to Inhibit the Growth of Wild-Type and Ampicillin-Resistant E. coli
Kerry M. Association Between Haptoglobin and Subclinical Endometritis in Dairy Cattle
Lauren W. EMF: A Non- Chemical Control of Fruit Flies
Meghana R. The Novel Implementation of Biochar Cathodes in Microbial Fuel Cells
Ming C. Heavy metals pollutants’ impact on the association between enantiomers’ production of Bacillaria paxillifera with the survival Eichhornia crassipes
Nora L. Pine Barren Fire Ecology: The Effect of Smoke-water on Germination Rates of Lupinus perennis
Sadia M. Encapsulation of Glucose Oxidase in Nanogels and Solgel Matrices
Tare S. The Effect of Migration to Areas of Differing Ambient Noise on the Repertoires of the House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) in Relation to Air Pollution
Vijaya I. Natural Cream for the Crop: The Effect of Officinalis Plants on Inhibition of Bacillus subtilis
Grade 12 Semifinalists
Aaron G. Testing Microfilter Efficiency Using Polystyrene Microsphere Spectrophotometric Absorbance to Optimize Adhesive Holdfast Filtration in Caulobacter crescentus
Allyson G. The Physiological Effects of the Application of Garden Tech Sevin® Carbaryl on non-target Lumbricina Species Present on the Forest Floor
Alyssa S. Ecological Niche Modeling of Lampropeltis zonata
Andrew D. Is a Golf Habit Good or Bad for the Habitat?
Anna D. Analyzing Colonization and Persistence of Wastewater Associated Bacteria in Various Biofilm Matrices Throughout Yonkers, New York
Aradhana S. Triforine Sensitivity in Lettuce
Carmen P. Turbid Waters and Toxic Genes: The Assessment of Tetrahymena and its Genotoxicity in Response to Total Suspended Solids Exposure
Cassidy F. DNA Damage in Corals Exposed to Motor Oil
Cristin L. Healthy Air Quality: Home or Horse Stables?
Daniel M. Effect of Carbon Filters on the Efficiency of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
David C. Submontane Forest Mapping of the Rubiaceae Plant Family in Northeastern Brazil
Devin D. A Comparative Analysis of the Carbon Sequestration Efficacy of Anionic Polymers and a Wide Range of Plant Specimen
Emily S. An Analysis of Monthly Surface Temperature Trends in the Northeastern Region of the United States over the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
Emma B. Maximizing the Growth of Algae for a Renewable Fuel Source
Gabrielle S. The Effect of Elephant Feeding Habits on Nesting Sites of Vultures and Raptors
Henry T. Assessing the Collapse of North American Late Pleistocene Megafauna
Isha M. Purifying Water Through Solar Distillation
Jacqueline B. Beta Carotene’s Effect on Plants with Cancer
Jessica D. Finding a Correlation between Naval Sonar Activity, Legislation, and Cetacean Strandings
Jenny N. Will Mudballs Containing Effective Microbes Improve Water Quality in Ponds?
Julia S. The Balance Between Productivity and Stormwater Mitigation on an Agricultural Green Roof
Kamron R. The Effect of Temporary and Permanent Trap Crops on Cephus cinctus Infestation Rates in Hollow Stem Wheat
Katherine S. The Effect of Increased Temperatures on Growth Rate and Bleaching of Scleractinian Corals
Kathryn H. How is the Phytohormone Gibberellic Acid (GA) Perceived in Panicum virgatum?
Kavita J. Demonstrating Relationships between the Morphology of the Trigeminal System and Feeding Performance in the American Alligator: A New Tool for Understanding Feeding Evolution
Laura I. Longitudinal Study of the Effect of β-estradiol on Reproduction and Longevity in Drosophila melanogaster
Liza F. Fish and Water Quality in the Wissahickon
Mariah R. The Determination of the Binding Affinity of the A3 Receptor for 3-Nitrotyrosine
Nicole C. The Effect of Environmental Factors on the Foraging Activity of the Florida Harvester Ant
Rona J. The Effect of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on Motor Oil and Elodea canadensis in Freshwater Oil Spills
Sarah M. Determining the Prevalence of Genetically Modified DNA in Corn Products
Uri R. Avian Mimicry in Color-Space
Vaishnavi R. Activity-Dependent Regulation of Nitric Oxide Expression