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Cloquet, MN, United States

Rosemore B.J.,Cloquet Senior High School | Welsh C.A.,Cloquet Senior High School
Zebrafish | Year: 2012

Environmental stressors are often present when an aquatic species, such as the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) fish, are developing. This study examined the effects of some of these environmental stressors (variation in rearing density, salinity, and incubation temperature) on medaka embryo development. The hypotheses are if rearing density is increased, then hatching success will also be improved, while having no effect on embryo development; if the salt concentration is increased to 20 parts per thousand (ppt), then the rate of development will also be increased; if temperature is increased to 32C, then the rate of development will also be increased. To determine the effects of variations in rearing density (1, 2, 3, and 4 eggs per well), the time of hatch was observed and noted. When testing variations in temperature (24, 28, and 32C) and salinity (0.3, 10, 15, and 20 ppt), the onset of heartbeat and onset of retina pigmentation were observed. The original hypotheses were not all supported: as rearing density increased, success of hatch decreased; as salinity increased, only the rate of development for heartbeat increased; as temperature increased, the rate of development for both onset of the heartbeat and retina pigmentation also increased. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

Moynan A.B.,Cloquet Senior High School | Welsh C.A.,Cloquet Senior High School
Zebrafish | Year: 2012

Ibuprofen can enter bodies of water via waste water treatment. The question was what effect does photodegradation have on ibuprofen and dissolved organic matter (DOM) in Lake Superior (oligiotrophic) and St. Louis (tannic stained) River water? Ibuprofen concentrations of 15,000, 30,000, and 60,000 μg/L were made from lake, river, and distilled water, as well as additional distilled concentrations of 7,500 and 120,000 μg/L. Half of the eighty-four trial cups were placed in an ultraviolet light cabinet and half of the set were placed in a dark cabinet for three days. After the exposure period, a UV-Vis was performed to measure change in molar mass and the summed absorbance of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM). It appears that ibuprofen decreases in molar mass after exposure to light in distilled and lake water with 15,000 μg/L of ibuprofen. Surprisingly, the molar mass of DOM in river water increases after UV exposure. Possibly, this occurred because the river water has such a high molar mass of DOM and was not filtered. Microbial biomass could also have contributed to this increase. Ibuprofen entering bodies of water via the waste water treatment system appears to be affected by UV light exposure, but in different ways. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

Vick B.M.,University of Minnesota | Pollak A.,Cloquet Senior High School | Welsh C.,Cloquet Senior High School | Liang J.O.,University of Minnesota
Zebrafish | Year: 2012

Here we describe projects that used GloFish, brightly colored, fluorescent, transgenic zebrafish, in experiments that enabled students to carry out all steps in the scientific method. In the first project, students in an undergraduate genetics laboratory course successfully tested hypotheses about the relationships between GloFish phenotypes and genotypes using PCR, fluorescence microscopy, and test crosses. In the second and third projects, students doing independent research carried out hypothesis-driven experiments that also developed new GloFish projects for future genetics laboratory students. Brianna Vick, an undergraduate student, identified causes of the different shades of color found in orange GloFish. Adrianna Pollak, as part of a high school science fair project, characterized the fluorescence emission patterns of all of the commercially available colors of GloFish (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). The genetics laboratory students carrying out the first project found that learning new techniques and applying their knowledge of genetics were valuable. However, assessments of their learning suggest that this project was not challenging to many of the students. Thus, the independent projects will be valuable as bases to widen the scope and range of difficulty of experiments available to future genetics laboratory students. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

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