Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
Snails are nocturnal and therefore active at night, when they move about and feed. This experiment tested the effect that changing the daily length of darkness (24, 18, 12, 6 and 0 hours per day) on the amount of sweet potato consumed by a land snail. Our hypothesis was that if the length of darkness is increased, snails will remain more active and therefore eat more than snails under conditions of shorter darkness (especially full light). Our results did not show a significant correlation between day length and food consumption but revealed a trend of higher feeding activity under increased light compared to increased dark – the opposite of our prediction.
Awards and/or presentations:
Hassoun, Adam. "Does Day Length Effect Feeding Behavior?" Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.