Two Cazenovia College Student-Athletes Publish Original Biological Research

Cazenovia, N.Y. – Two members of the Cazenovia College swimming and diving team, Nina Kalantari and Van Scholten (Nashville, Tenn.), recently had their research on dragonfly spiketail nymphs, "The Distribution of Cordulegaster (Odonata: Cordulegastridae) Nymphs in Seeps and Springs of Nelson Swamp (Madison County, NY)", published in the biological journal Northeastern Naturalist (Vol . 19 [Special Issue 6]:67-72, 2012).  

The pair of environmental studies majors conducted their study in the fall of 2010, traveling weekly to Nelson Swamp to survey the waters for the presence of the spiketail nymphs and try to determine what characteristics were key to their presence.  At the end of the fieldwork, they analyzed the data and created a research poster presentation for the April 2011 Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany, N.Y.   A content editor, after reading the poster, asked them to submit the work as a scientific manuscript for the journal.  As is the case with most scientific research, the manuscript went through a rigorous review before it was accepted in September and finally published in the April 2012 issue of the journal.  

All of this work was done while maintaining full course loads and participating in the 19-week long, two-semester swim season. 

"We even met once with the research supervisor (Dr. Barb Hager) during the January break and while we were in exhausting two-a-day practices," commented Scholten.  "To make sure we would be there, Dr. Hager even picked me up at the airport from my return from Tennessee."

Both students spoke positively of their experience.

 "The process of doing the research and getting it published was much longer and more complicated than I expected, but well worth the effort," said Kalantari.  Scholten commented that he never imagined publishing a scientific paper when he first thought about what his college experiences would be, especially after joining the swim team and working out with the crew team.   

Dr. Hager, who says she is very proud of them, pointed out how unusual it is for an undergraduate science student to publish original research, especially students who are as busy as the typical student-athlete.   


*Release courtesy of Michael Brooks, Cazenovia College assistant athletic director