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Biology Graduate Students

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Graduate Program


  • Christopher Brady
    Christopher Brady
    Graduate Student - O'Connell Lab

    Measuring the owl species richness and abundance on TNWR using autonomous digital recorders.

  • Megan Chastain
    Megan Chastain
    Graduate Student - Herr Lab

    Cryogenic preservation of zebrafish eggs.

  • Erin Cubley
    Erin Cubley
    Graduate Student - Brown Lab

     I received my BS in Environmental Conservation Studies from the University of New Hampshire in 2008. My undergraduate studies were focused on wetland ecology and restoration and I conducted research on restoration techniques for the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Following the completion of my BS, I worked for the Peace Corps in Morocco and taught environmental education in the High Atlas mountains. My thesis research is on vegetation response following the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in Washington. Specifically, I will examine plant community structure before and after dam removal and the influence of edaphic conditions on new plant communities.



  • Denise Davis
    Denise Davis
    Graduate Student - McNeely Lab
    I received my Bachelor's in Biology from EWU in 2006. I have taken classes related to ecology, conservation, habitat restoration, environmental science, wetlands, and GIS.  I am currently studding the effects of agricultural runoff on the aquatic invertebrate communities in the Latah creek watershed.
  • Katherine Farrell
    Katherine Farrell
    Graduate Student - O'Connell Lab

    I received my BS in biology from EWU in 2011. Currently, I am pursuing a Master's in wildlife biology and a certification in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) while studying the effects of anthropogenic disturbance to the elk of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Specifically, I am reporting how hunting effects elk movement in relation to the refuge and investigating how increasing landuse and anthropogenic climate change may effect resource use and availability.


  • Amy Gray
    Amy Gray
    Graduate Student - Schwab Lab
  • Calla Hagle
    Calla Hagle
    Graduate Student - O'Connell Lab

    I received my B.S. in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho in 2010. Since then I have worked for the Forest Service studying numerous species including bald eagle, Goshawk, White-headed woodpecker, Flammulated owls, and rattlesnakes. I have trapped sage-grouse and collected hair samples (for DNA analysis) from carnivores including bear and wolves. Before working in wildlife research, I worked as a wildland firefighter. Besides having some exciting times fighting wildfires, I worked on a variety of fire management projects that were directed toward forest and habitat restoration and soil and water protection.  For my thesis project, I am studying the seasonal habitat use of elk populations in north central Idaho.

  • Eric Marr
    Eric Marr
    Graduate Student - Daberkow Lab

    The research/study of dopamine in the basal ganglia in a rat model with respect to learnng and memory.

  • Taylor McCroskey
    Taylor McCroskey
    Graduate Student - Black Lab
  • Timothy Moran
    Timothy Moran
    Graduate Student - O'Quinn Lab
  • Wyatt Plastino
    Wyatt Plastino
    Graduate Student - O'Quinn Lab


  • Melody Dossey
    Melody Dossey
    Graduate Student - Joyner-Matos Lab

    I received my BS in Biology from EWU in 2012. My graduate thesis work explores the cellular-level responses of freshwater clams to heavy metal pollution. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of cellular chaperones in the response to heavy metals.

  • Conor Giorgi
    Conor Giorgi
    Graduate Student - McNeely Lab

    "Several tributaries to the upper Wenatchee River (Nason Creek, Little Wenatchee, White, and Chiwawa Rivers) are currently being considered for nutrient enhancement.  At this time they are being studied to assess their nutrient status.  My research is one component to this broader study.  In the White River I am calculating benthic macroinvertebrate production in reaches above and below the spawning grounds of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka).  Comparisons between upper and lower reaches will allow me to assess the influence spawning salmon have on the composition of the macroinvertebrate community as well as their production.  In the remaining tributaries I am conducting a bioassessment by applying metrics of the benthic macroinvertebrate community to established indices of stream health."

  • Paul Reilly
    Paul Reilly
    Graduate Student - O'Quinn Lab

    I graduated with a B.S. in biology from EWU in 2012, I am now pursuing a M.S. degree in Plant Systematics with an emphasis on how indigenous cultures may have affected population genetics and distributions of a historic food plant, Claytonia lanceolata.

  • Chelan Rogers
    Chelan Rogers
    Graduate Student - Black lab
  • Cristine Schucker
    Cristine Schucker
    Graduate Student - McNeely Lab

    I received my B.S. in Biology (and a minor in chemistry) from EWU in the Spring of 2011. Currently I am pursuing a microbial stream ecology thesis, which incorporates a few of my favorite areas of study: the environment, microbiology and molecular biology. My study area is Latah Watershed (aka Hangman Watershed), here in Eastern WA. The purpose of my research is to determine if there is a correlation between the amount of agricultural runoff and overall nitrifier abundance, as well as a change in microbial species diversity.  The two molecular techniques I will be using (qPCR and T-RFLP) on DNA extracted from the sediment microbes will allow me to quantify a functional gene (amo-monooxygenase) in nitrifiers, and calculate overall species diversity based on the small ribosomal subunit, 16s rRNA.


  • Jarrett Schuster
    Jarrett Schuster
    Graduate Student - Brown Lab

    I received my B.S. degree in Natural Resource Sciences from  Washington State University in 2013.  My major as an undergraduate was wildlife ecology and while attending school at WSU I worked for the wild ungulate research facility with mule deer and black-tailed deer.  At Eastern Washington University my thesis research is focused on vegetation response to dam removal along the Elwha River, more specifically I will be looking at the primary vegetative succession within the impoundments of the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. 

  • Jessica Walston
    Jessica Walston
    Graduate Student - Scholz Lab

    I received a B.S. degree with two majors (biology and environmental science) from EWU in 2013. My project involves the tagging and tracking of wild redband trout in tributaries of Lake Roosevelt.  45 wild redband trout will be tagged with Vemco hydroacoustic tags and tracked for one year to observe their movements in the reservoir, entrainment, and return to natal tributaries. This project is a continuation of Aaron Stroud's project. I will be changing the anesthesia methods and will be also testing which anesthetic method is the best (electroanesthesia, MS-222, and Aqui-S 20E) by comparing swimming ability and cortisol levels of hatchery rainbow trout.

  • Carolyn Connelly
    Carolyn Connelly
    Graduate Student - McNeely Lab
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