Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
With plastic waste becoming more common in terrestrial habitats, snails are interacting more with plastics. Our goal was to study the effect that plastics had on the food finding behavior of two species of snails. The two types of plastics were plastic bags and Styrofoam cups and the two species of snails we were Cornu aspersum and Angiuspira alternata. Plastics were placed either fully covering or next to the food (Romaine lettuce), obscuring the direct path towards the food. We also had a control with no plastics. After measuring the percent loss of lettuce twice weekly for 6 weeks, we found no significant difference in food consumption among the different plastics and control. The plastics did not affect the snails ability to find and consume food.
Awards and/or presentations:
Gill, Hussan. "Food Finding Behavior of Snails." Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.