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Biology Graduate Students
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Nadiah AlotaibiGraduate Student - Carlberg Lab
Kristin AnicitoGraduate Student - Brown LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm received my BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, from Hofstra University. While I was there I gained experience with east coast vegetation, small mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates. My graduate thesis work is focused on prairie restoration techniques where the primary goal is to remove invasive annual grasses and promote native species growth at the Mima mound prairie in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
Alixandria BlakeGraduate Student - Scholz LabEmail: email@example.com"My graduate work focuses on the hatchery released and wild kokanee salmon spawning returns in Lake Roosevelt. I will be performing an assessment of the hatchery program from 2010-2012. I have worked in Dr.Scholz' lab for two years now, helping on many projects. I have helped on a predation study of walleye and smallmouth bass in the Sanpoil River, Bull trout tracking in the Pend Orielle system, kokanee acoustic tracking in Lake Roosevelt, and various other task in the fisheries lab. In my undergraduate years i also helped a graduate student collect data on coyote abundance using vocalizations; as well as, some experience tracking elk on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge."
Amelia BothwellGraduate Student - Castillo LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan ChastainGraduate Student - Herr LabEmail: email@example.com
Carolyn ConnellyGraduate Student - McNeely LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dustin CousinsGraduate Student - O'Connell LabEmail: email@example.com
The majority of my education has been in the field of wildlife conservation. I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from EWU in 2009. I was an AmeriCorps Intern for 2 years at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. For the past 3 summers I have worked as a field technician monitoring wildlife and wildlife habitats for a habitat restoration project through Eastern Washington University and the Upper Columbia United Tribes. For my Masters' research I am investigating the sensory modalities used in underground navigation by the northern pocket gopher (Thomomys talpoides).
Brittany DavidsonGraduate Student - Brown LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I evaluate ecological function provided by bank stabilization in the Box Canyon Reservoir; research interests include stream/wetland restoration; linkages between ecology and hydrogeomorphology; human impacts in stream/wetland ecosystems; integration of scienctific information with management/planning processes.
Denise DavisGraduate Student - McNeely LabEmail: email@example.comI 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.
Melody DosseyGraduate Student - Joyner-Matos LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Katherine FarrellGraduate Student - O'Connell Lab
Adam GebauerGraduate Student - Brown LabEmail: email@example.com
I have a background in wildlife biology from the University of Rhode Island. I have had field jobs working with Lesser Prairie Chickens, Spotted Salamanders, Porcupines, invasive weeds in Yellowstone NP, and Northern Goshawks here in eastern Washington. For four years I worked with the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program in Abuquerque, New Mexico monitoring the health of the riparian ecosystem along the Middle Rio Grand Valley. Through all these experiences I have worked closely with middle and high school students and have most recently taught science to middle school students in Maine. My research interests are in plant ecology and restoration management. I am currently looking at how the water use of the invasive reed canary grass affects the stream flow in small creeks in eastern Washington.
John GetzGraduate Student - Schwab LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conor GiorgiGraduate Student - McNeely LabEmail: email@example.com
"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."
Lorraine HeathGraduate Student - Brown LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew HodgsonGraduate Student - Black LabEmail: email@example.comMy background is in aquatic ecology. My current project is to determine whether brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans) prey color preferences predict mate color preferences in sticklebacks generally.
Michele LarsonGraduate Student - Black LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pursuing my second Master's degree from EWU. I have a Master's in Education and was a high school biology teacher in Western Washington. I have returned to the Cheney area to obtain my Master's in biology with a focus in freshwater aquatic ecosystems. My area of interest is in invasive species and gastropods. I will be conducting research on the distribution and diversity of snails near Lewiston Idaho. I will be determining if New Zealand mud snails have invaded the Snake River below Hell's Canyon between the Grand Ronde River and the Clearwater River. I will also be conducting laboratory experiments to determine the extent of competition between native snails and New Zealand mud snails and possibly determine the underlying reason(s) for these competitive interactions.
Elizabeth LindseyGraduate Student - Scholz LabEmail: email@example.com
Dava LomaxGraduate Student - Herr LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gureet MannGraduate Student - Herr LabEmail: email@example.com
Amanda MatthiessenGraduate Student - Herr Lab
Gayle MayGraduate Student - Carlberg LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgMy background is in human and animal physiology. I will be determining the effects of Diethylstilbestrol on myometrial contractility in mice.
Aaron MettlerGraduate Student - Scholz LabEmail: email@example.com
Gaayathiri ParamasivamGraduate Student - Bhuta LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I graduated from AU, India with a Master's degree in Biotechnology. I came to EWU in Winter 2011 to continue my education. I was helping Dr. Bhuta in teaching Microbiology and Molecular biology labs. My graduate work is focused on identification and characterization of drug resistant bacteria and plasmids in biosolids. I chose this research because all over the states people are using biosolids as a fertilizer without knowing their health effects. I have identified bacteria that were resistant to two or more drugs tested. These bacteria need be tested further for their potential in transfer of drug resistance genes to others.
Tyler ParsonsGraduate Student - Scholz LabEmail: email@example.comMy project deals with the tagging and tracking of wild kokanee salmon in Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir created by the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. I implanted 25 wild kokanee with Vemco hydroacoustic tags and tracked them for the year of 2010 to see how they behave throughout the year. We are interested in learning more about their seasonal use of the different parts of the reservoir, how warm water affects their daily vertical migrations in the water column, and also to see if we could identify any deep water spawning grounds for this wild population of kokanee.
Cassandra PharrGraduate Student - Hancock LabMy thesis topic is: "The Effects of Swim Training on Juvenile Kokanee Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka kennerlyi)"
Paul ReillyGraduate Student - O'Quinn LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cody SchoonoverGraduate Student - Joyner-MatosEmail: email@example.comI received my BS in Biology from EWU in 2011. My graduate thesis work explores the functional consequences of heavy metal exposure on freshwater bivalves (Musculium sp.). Most of my work focuses on clam reproduction, climbing, burial, and tissue metal loads.
Cristine SchuckerGraduate Student - McNeely LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Abrar SindiGraduate Student - Carlberg LabEmail: email@example.com
Devin SontagGraduate Student - Scholz LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgI will be looking at the interactions between flow and predation on salmonids in the Snake River.
Sarah StankavichGraduate Student - O'Connell LabEmail: email@example.com
"I grew up in northeast Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Biology. After graduation I worked as a biology intern with a county park in Ohio. In this capacity, I was involved with a variety of projects including radio tracking coyotes, mist netting bats, small mammal surveys, endangered plant monitoring, and invasive species control. I began my Masters' program in Fall 2011 and I am researching biotic and abiotic factors affecting the foraging activity of bats over wetland habitats.
Terence StephensGraduate Student - Bhuta LabEmail: Terence.Stevens@gmail.com
Aaron StroudGraduate Student - Scholz LabEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Savanah Hobbs WalkerGraduate Student - O'Connell LabEmail: email@example.comA native of Zillah WA, I received my BS in Zoology from Washington State University in 2010. While at WSU I gained experience working with captive mule deer and grizzly bears at the WSU animal facilities. I came to EWU in Fall 2010. My Masters' research examines the effectiveness of predator urine in deterring elk from browsing aspen on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge initiated a hunt on portions of the refuge in fall 2010 with the broad management objective of reducing elk damage to aspen. However, preliminary radio telemetry data collected by another graduate student in our lab suggest that during the hunting season elk move into portions of the refuge, such as the public use area, where hunting in not feasible. In addition to examining the feasibility of using non lethal methods to deter elk browsing on aspen, I will continue montoring elk movements during a second hunting season on the refuge.