Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill


The goal of the project was to examine differences between eggshell characteristics of COLO populations throughout the US. We measured thickness, water vapor conductance, and pore density of eggshells from the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest regions. Measurements were compared to determine whether eggshell characteristics vary between genetically distinct populations. The data suggests that there is no significant difference between water vapor conductance and thickness of eggshells from the three regions. Although the data indicated a statistically significant difference between the pore densities of eggshells collected from the three regions studied, many limitations were encountered during this study. Based on our study, we recommend further experimentation to validate our findings.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology