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Biology Graduate Students

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Graduate Program


  • Sultan Areshi
    Sultan Areshi
    Graduate Student - McNeely's Lab
    SCI 275
  • Christopher Baber
    Christopher Baber
    Graduate Student - Castillo's Lab
    SCI 291
  • Christopher Brady
    Christopher Brady
    Graduate Student - O'Connell's Lab

    I am currently measuring the owl species richness and abundance on TNWR using autonomous digital recorders in non-commercially thinned treatment areas.

  • Josh Chastek
    Josh Chastek
    Graduate Student - Herr's Lab
    SCI 237
  • Carolyn Connelly
    Carolyn Connelly
    Grraduate Student - McNeely's Lab
  • Kaeli Davenport
    Kaeli Davenport
    Graduate Student - Spruell, J Matos, Herr Labs
    SCI 190
  • Derek Entz
    Derek Entz
    Graduate Student - O'Connell, Brown Labs
    SCI 272

    I received my BA in Environmental Science from Simpson College, Iowa in 2014. While at Simpson College, during summers, I worked for the Pend Oreille Public Utility District where most of my work was focused on stream restoration for native trout species; specifically, Bull (Salvelinus confluentus) and Westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi).  Currently I am pursuing my Master's in Biology at Eastern Washington University.  


  • Savannah Garcia
    Savannah Garcia
    Graduate Student - Castillo's Lab
    SCI 291
  • Samuel Gunselman
    Samuel Gunselman
    Graduate Student - Spruell's Lab
    SCI 190
  • Emily Hendrix
    Emily Hendrix
    Graduate Student - L Matos' Lab
    SCI 293

    I have just graduated with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry at Eastern Washington University. I am continuing my scholarly and professional relationships through Molecular Biology graduate studies at EWU. I am extremely interested in viral genome studies, hoping to work in biodefense with BSL 3&4 organisms.

  • Amy Joy Hess
    Amy Joy Hess
    Graduate Student - O'Quinn's Lab
    SCI 242
  • Chantilly Higbee
    Chantilly Higbee
    Graduate Student - J. Matos' Lab
    SCI 240

    My research interests are in aquatic toxicology. I am interested in the relationships between environmental contaminants and invertebrate physiology, and in the use of invertebrates as biomonitors in impacted ecosystems. My thesis research involves studying the patterns of amphipod (Hyalella azteca) abundance and metal burden in the contaminated Coeur d'Alene (CdA) chain lakes and testing the stress and tolerance of CdA amphipods to trace metal and thermal stresses.

  • Sarah Hindle
    Sarah Hindle
    Graduate Student - McNeely's Lab
    SCI 275

    My name is Sarah Hindle. Im originally from Brooklyn, New York, and then moved to Syracuse. There, I got my bachelor's degree in Aquatics and Fisheries Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I am also a SEA Semester alum. 

    Currently, I am a Masters student with Dr. Camille McNeely, where I study larval recruitment of white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt, WA.

  • Shelby Hunter
    Shelby Hunter
    Graduate Student - O'Connell's Lab
    SCI 272
  • Wendall Kane
    Wendall Kane
    Graduate Student - Bastow's Lab
    SCI 235
  • Trevor Kirby
    Trevor Kirby
    Graduate Student - Ochoa Reparaz's Lab
    SCI 289
  • Olivia Morgan
    Olivia Morgan
    Graduate Student - Brown's Lab
    SCI 245
  • Henry Price
    Henry Price
    Graduate Student - McNeely's Lab
    SCI 275
  • Chelan Rogers
    Chelan Rogers
    Graduate Student - Black lab

    I received my BS in Biology from Utah State University in 2013. My previous research experience includes working with insect biocontrol in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, invasive species of lady bird beetles, and vegetation surveys to monitor bee habitat. I am primarily interested in evolutionary ecology, particularly in invertebrate systems.  My thesis project involves phenotypic plasticity of Daphnia pulex in multi-predator systems. Specifically, I am interested in applying the well-studied phenomenon of necktooth induction via Chaoborus kairomone into an ecological context.

  • Robert Shadix
    Robert Shadix
    Graduate Student - Magori's Lab
    SCI 272
  • Steven Smith
    Steven Smith
    Graduate Student - Matos' Lab
    SCI 293
  • Cody Thomas
    Cody Thomas
    Graduate Student - Brown's Lab
    SCI 245
  • Morgan Thomas
    Morgan Thomas
    Graduate Student - Castillo, Daberkow, Matos' Lab
    SCI 291

     I completed my BS degree in Physiology at the University of Washington in 2013. After working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle for two years I returned home to eastern Washington to pursue my Masters of Science in Biology here at EWU. I am working in Dr. Daberkow's lab studying effects of treatment for PTSD and related treatments on reward seeking behavior and dopamine signaling.

  • Shawna Warehime
    Shawna Warehime
    Graduate Student - Spruell and McNeely's Lab
    SCI 190
  • Bryan Witte
    Bryan Witte
    Graduate Student - Spruell's Lab
    SCI 190
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