Research Articles

Research articles describe research and creative projects in all the disciplines and are authored by UNH undergraduates or recent graduates in collaboration with Inquiry student and staff editors. They should not exceed 2500 words (excluding bibliography). These articles are based on research reports or essays written for a course or independent study. Because of the relatively short length and general audience of research articles, their authors often choose to narrow or refocus their original text. The research experience is held to be as important as research results.

Using Radio Telemetry and Geographic Information Systems to Map and Estimate the Home Range Size and Daily Movement Patterns of Female Cheetahs on Namibia’s Commercial Farmland

Into the Bush

The Pragmatism of Politics: Senator Norris Cotton and the Civil Rights Legislation in the 1960s

I have always been fascinated by the hows and whys of history. My interest in civil rights legislation did not truly begin until the later semesters of college. My original research work began as an assignment for the Senior Colloquium in History in the spring of 2016. At the time, my research concerned the influences on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Pain Perception: Investigating Links Between Pain Transmission and CCK(+) Neurons, with Regard to the Opioid Crisis

With dependence upon opioids, such as codeine, morphine, and heroin, steadily increasing amongst the American public, the withdrawal symptoms associated with disuse are receiving much more attention. From its regular appearance in pop culture songs to serving as the underlying theme in many independent films, opioid addiction and withdrawal has become part of many Americans’ everyday life. Often, patients experiencing the withdrawal symptoms of opioid dependence complain of the devastating impact of hyperalgesia (Angst, Koppert, Pahl, Clark, & Schmelz, 2003).

Experiences of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients with Nonhealing Wounds in Ghana

I traveled to Ghana, Africa in summer 2016 to study diabetic wounds at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the city of Kumasi. While conducting my research I would walk through the overcrowded medical wards where some patients laid on mattresses on the floor because there were not enough hospital beds. Each day I passed by one patient, who I will call Immanuel. Immanuel relied on someone to carry him to a wheelchair because of a large wound on his thigh that left him unable to walk. He always smiled at me as I passed. One day I stopped to talk to Immanuel.

Farm to Restaurant: Exploring the Availability of Locally Grown Food and Obstacles to Its Use in Seacoast New Hampshire Restaurants

The United States is among the top agricultural producers in the world in total revenue, behind only China and India. Much of this production occurs in the vast agricultural regions of the Midwest and West (Low and Vogel, 2011). Western and midwestern states have a growing movement toward buying and using locally grown food. This trend has also become notable across the New England states.

Exploring the Recent Abundance of Spiny Dogfish in the Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine traditionally has been a popular area for commercial fishing fleets searching for groundfish species. This is particularly true on the continental shelf, an area spanning 200 to 350 miles from the eastern seaboard off the coast of New England to the drop-off of the continental slope (Ames 2004). Decades of overfishing and stock exploitation have led to massive depletions of economically important groundfish biomass in the Gulf of Maine (Ames 2004; Jackson et al. 2001).

Social Behavior and Personality Patterns of Captive African Elephants

When I was young, I had a holographic trading card of a cheetah with facts about the species on the back. As I moved the card, the cheetah appeared to sprint through the lush grass, which fascinated me. That was probably my first exposure to any wild animals. I grew up in a city, but quickly fell in love with the local zoo. Years later, I decided to major in biomedical science at the University of New Hampshire because I was intrigued by anatomy and physiology.

Does Foam Rolling Really Work?

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is an enigma to the exercise world: researchers are still trying to understand the process by which DOMS occurs and figure out exactly which modalities, or treatment methods, can alleviate DOMS. You may have experienced DOMS after working out at a higher intensity than usual, after going on a long hike that you’re unaccustomed to, or back in high school when you started preseason workouts. Foam rolling is just one proposed modality for reducing the length of time an individual experiences a high level of perceived soreness after exercise.

The Evolution of Senses: My Research Journey into the Nervous System of Cnidaria

I began my journey in biological research the summer after my first year at UNH, when I was selected to participate in the in the Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP). I still remember walking into the Plachetzki laboratory for the first time. Just like me, the laboratory was brand new. It felt as if I was walking into a different world, one filled with shiny equipment and foreign reagents that could unlock the answers to scientific questions. My mentor, Dr. David Plachetzki, gave me a tour and told me about all the research ideas he planned to pursue at UNH.

Exploring the Diversity of Tropical Pumpkin in Costa Rica

My generation faces the challenge of feeding an exponentially growing population with an increasingly energy-intensive meat diet, while adapting to and mitigating climatic shifts. To engage in this matter, I am graduating with a bachelor of science in sustainable agriculture and food systems (SAFS), a dual-major in international affairs, and a minor in Spanish. Concern about climatic impacts led me to conduct an independent research project in Costa Rica, motivated by my interest in crop diversity and food security.


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