research projects (2nd Year Research Opportunity Projects, 4th Year Projects)
have been a valuable way for undergraduates to gain experience doing research and presenting
it to others. Likewise, these projects have been an opportunity for a supervisor like
myself to try out various ideas, half-baked or otherwise.
Some of the most interesting projects
that students have done with me are outlined below; two
posters from the most recent of these is shown here (upper photo © 2002
T. A. Dickinson; lower photo © 2002 R. Dickinson).
White's unfinished botanical scrapbook" - Thursica Kovinthan & Matthew Tse, BOT 299Y, 2001/02.
- "A survey
of the foliar flavonoids in hawthorns (Crataegus L.)"
- Eric Harris, BOT461H1S,
- "An etic perspective on the plants used by five
first nations of eastern North America to facilitate parturition" -
Susan Horsfall, BOT461H1S, 2001.
- "So, just what is Vaccinium section
Vitis-idaea?" - Wendy Strickland, BOT 460Y, 1998/99. [in collaboration
with Dr S. Vander Kloet, Acadia University, and published as S. P. Vander
Kloet, T. A. Dickinson & W. Strickland. "From Nepal to Formosa; a larger
footprint for Vaccinium section Aethopus." Acta Botanica Yunnanica,
25: 1-24 (2003)]
DELTA database for interactive identification of Ontario tree genera
- Eric Harris, BOT 299Y, 1998/99. [based on original observations as well
as data published in Farrar, J. L., Trees in Canada. Fitzhenry &
- "Testing mate competition theories in hawthorns." -
Anu Sharma, BOT 299Y, 1996/97. [based on ideas published in Charnov, E. The
theory of sex allocation. Princeton University Press (1982)]
- "Petal epidermal micromorphology as a taxonomic character
in North American Crataegus." - Rachel Melzer, BOT 299Y, 1995/96. [based
on ideas published in Christensen, K. I. & H. V. Hansen, "SEM-studies
of epidermal patterns of petals in the angiosperms." Opera Botanica 135: 1-91
- "Morphometric techniques for landmark data applied to Crataegus
short shoots." - Nadia Talent, BOT 463H, 1995.
- "The pollen tube pathway and obturator in hawthorn sexual
reproduction." - Nina Celotti, Honours B.Sc. thesis, Biology Department,
Queen's University, 1995. [co-supervised by Dr C. Eckert, Queen's University]
- A DELTA database for interactive identification
of Ontario hawthorns - Jenny Bull, BOT 460Y, 1993/94. [based on original
observations as well as data published in Phipps, J. B. & M. Muniyamma,
"A taxonomic revision of Crataegus (Rosaceae) in Ontario." Canadian
Journal of Botany 58: 1621-1699 (1980)]
- "A test of the hypothesis that leaf and flower emergence
phenology correlates with vessel diameter and density within the genus Crataegus."
- Dale Hoy, BOT 460Y, 1991/92. [based on ideas published in Lechowicz, M.
J., "Why do temperate deciduous trees leaf out at different times? Adaptation
and ecology of forest communities." American Naturalist 124: 821-842 (1984)]