University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal - Volume 11, Issue 1
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Volume 11, Issue 1

Sanguinus oedipus in a Habitat of Brotherly Love

By: Haley Atkinson | Mentor: Frank Logiudice

This observational study analyzes the social dynamic and agonistic behavior between the two youngest males in a captive troupe of cotton-top tamarins, Sanguinus oedipus, found at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens located in Sanford, Florida. The troupe consists of a breeding pair, two sets of twins, and a set of triplets—totaling nine individuals. The study focuses on the second-youngest and youngest males in the troupe and how they interact with each other. Read more

A Content Analysis on the Phases of Emergency Management for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

By: Jose Rivera | Mentor: Dr. Fernando Rivera

The destruction caused by Hurricane Maria challenged the emergency management agencies in Puerto Rico. More than a month after the storm, most of the island remained without electricity, and full recovery has taken several months, if not years. This study explores the four phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico from the perspective of FEMA and AEMEAD. Read more

Gender in Dystopia: The Persistence of Essentialist Ideologies in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower

By: Elijah Drzata | Mentor: Farrah Cato

If we were living in a dystopian society, we might view gender, sexuality, and race differently. When survival is on the line, it would be a privilege to fight back against any remaining bigotry. Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower provides us with possible answers to these situations, as well as a look into the future of society if we do not change. In this essay, I situate Octavia Butler's dystopic novel in the context of gender. Read more

Are We Producing Society-Ready Foresters? A Quantitative Content Analysis of Graduate-Level Forestry Curriculum

By: Jacqueline Meyer | Mentor: Dr. Peter Jacques

Forestry education in the United States has been hailed for its ability to provide students with the scientific and technical skills needed for a career in forestry as much as it has been criticized for ignoring social dimensions of the discipline. While forestry education and curriculum has been thoroughly analyzed at the undergraduate level, no such analysis exists for graduate curriculum. This study analyzes the course content of 40 graduate-level forestry programs using a quantitative content analysis to determine what curriculum disparities exist and how future course content can be improved. Read more

Self-Injurious Behavior of a Captive Coragyps atratus

By: Jennifer Bouchenot | Mentor: Frank Logiudice

As zoos become more numerous the challenge for keepers to ensure animal well-being and identify adverse behaviors becomes immense. Intelligent animals in captivity have a higher likelihood of participating in selfharm activities compared to their wild counterparts. Feather picking in birds is one such adverse behavior characterized by the individual breaking or removing feathers and, in severe cases, excision of the skin. In this study, a feather-picking captive Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) was observed preening, resting, and displaying self-mutilating behavior. Read more

Gender Disparities in Depression in Elderly Puerto Ricans

By: Arnaldo Perez-Negron | Mentor: Dr. Fernando Rivera

Past research has shown considerable differences in depression levels in elderly Hispanics. Specifically, past studies have found high levels of depressive symptoms among elderly Hispanic women, particularly those with a Puerto Rican cultural background. However, few studies have analyzed gender as a predictor of depression among elderly Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico. This study aims to close the knowledge gap regarding gender disparities in depression in elderly Puerto Ricans residing on the island. Read more