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.

Evaluating Plant Brushing as a Strategy for Height Control in Edible Crop Species

Demand for high-quality, locally produced leafy greens and herbs has increased in major metropolitan areas across the northeast. As a result, the number of commercial greenhouse operations producing these crops has increased in New England states. Because greenhouse growers have the ability to supply heat and supplemental lighting during fall and winter months, there is potential to provide local markets with fresh leafy greens and herbs year-round.

Conservation of the Lion: Preventing an Africa without the African Lion

I never thought I would find myself sitting in a Land Rover on a peaceful afternoon watching twelve lions nap off their meal from the previous evening under a shady tree. As I looked out into the tall grass and surrounding trees, it all seemed surreal. I smiled with the warm African sun on my face as Zulu, the lion pride male, lazily rolled over and yawned.

Impact of Suspended Particles on Bacterial Concentrations in Great Bay Estuary Oysters

Food poisoning caused by the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus has recently become a problem in the northeastern United States, particularly in the summer (Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, 2011; Urquhart, Jones, Yu, Schuster, & Marcinkiewicz, 2016). As climate change causes water temperatures to rise, these pathogenic (infectious) and non-pathogenic (harmless) V.

Heirs to the Frontier: James Fenimore Cooper’s Influence on Leo Tolstoy

The summer of 2017 was the summer of reading. Before then, I had never considered that I could conduct intensive historical research as an undergraduate. But after numerous meetings with my thesis advisor and future mentor, history professor Cathy Frierson, I realized that a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) would give me a chance to work on my honors thesis, as well as conduct original research in my field. Professor Frierson knew of my passion for Russian literature, and she suggested investigating the popularity of foreign authors in Russia.

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).

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