Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
Calcium is a vital nutrient for snails because of their calcium-based shells. We hypothesized that there would be a positive correlation between soil calcium levels and snail population density. We surveyed four locations, each with two subsites in Norman, Oklahoma and counted snails during a timed search and collected soil samples. Soil samples (in part) were tested for calcium content at OSU and the remainder was sifted through in search of small snails. Results indicated no correlation between soil calcium levels and snail density. Snail populations are affected by many additional factors. For example, the two samples with the highest snail density had protective ground covers, specifically a rotting log and a dense monkey grass bed.
Awards and/or presentations:
Gonzalez, Angela. "Got calcium? The relationship between snail density and soil calcium levels." Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.