Matthew Carman

OU Major: 
Biology
Research Mentor: 
Elizabeth Bergey
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project: 
This project focuses on understanding the overwintering success of snails in greenhouses. Greenhouses are excellent habitats for snails, offering shelter, food, and ostensibly a lack of natural predators. Through the purchase of potted plants with snails, greenhouses promote the distribution of snails into non-native locations. In the fall of 2017, plants in a greenhouse in Norman, OK, were inspected for snails. Information like location of snails, snail species, and snail density were recorded. In the following winter, the locations of snails in the same area was determined. By having a better understanding of the overwintering habits and habitats of snails within greenhouses, this project leads to better understanding of how snails persist in greenhouses, even after plants are removed during the winter, and could lead to a better understanding of the roles of greenhouses in snail dispersal.
Awards and/or presentations: 
Carman, Matthew. "Greenhouses: Not Quite a Winter Wonderland for Snails." Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.