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Our Biology graduate students work closely with faculty members on research. For information about our graduate students’ research, see below.

For faculty research interests and contact information, see our faculty directory.

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Muteb Alanazi

Graduate Student
Ochoa Reparaz and Castillo's Lab
SCI 295 & SCI 291
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Ethan Bean

Graduate Student
Brown's Lab
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SCI 245

I am conducting a population genetics study on bluebunch wheatgrass, a native, cool-season bunchgrass with deep root structures that will be a staple in the EWU Prairie Restoration Project. I am looking into whether native populations that have persisted until now are reproductively isolated from each other, which could lead to inbreeding depression and genetic drift depending on the size, and degree of isolation of populations. Additionally, I am investigating whether local populations are closely related to commercial seed sources that are supposed to be adapted to this region.

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Giovanna Bishop

Graduate Student
Allen's Lab
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I am studying the impacts of Rock Climbing to Lichen and Bryophyte cliff communities in the Spokane area. Very little is known about the lichens and bryophytes here in Eastern Washington; there is no key or field guide, as well as the groups themselves are very understudied. Cliff ecologists have found rare and endangered lichens and bryophytes when conducting these studies and I think it is imperative that more climbing areas are assessed, especially those in the Pacific NW which is known for the density and diversity of lichens and bryophytes. In this project I will be attempting to catalog the lichens and bryophytes of these cliff communities as well as assessing the overall impacts that rock climbing has on the biodiversity and cover. Rock climbing is a very fast growing sport and many areas around Spokane are developing new routes without any regulations or conservation management plans. My goal by the end of my masters is to better understand the impacts of rock climbing to the lichens and bryophytes in Eastern Washington, create a field guide to the common lichens and bryophytes of climbing areas, and to establish a conservation management plan for areas that currently have routes and areas that wish to develop new ones.

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Nicholas Broderius

Graduate Student
McNeely's Lab
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Hannah Coles

Graduate Student
Spruell and McNeely's Lab
SCI 190 & SCI 275
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Dana Colley

Graduate Student
Magori's Lab
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I am studying the interactions between ectoparasite loads, skin microbiome composition, and white-nose syndrome severity in Washington State bats. White-nose syndrome (WNS) was first detected in the winter of 2006/2007 in New York and has spread rapidly across the Eastern United States since its initial introduction. WNS was first detected in Western Washington in 2016 and continues to gain momentum in local bat colonies. The relationship between ectoparasite loads, skin microbiome composition, and WNS severity is still unknown, and few studies have been conducted of this kind outside of the Eastern United States. The goal of my research is to potentially isolate naturally-occurring antifungal bacteria from the bats, and to provide novel information on factors impacting WNS severity for future management of this disease.

Alicia Cozza

Graduate Student
Spruell's Lab

Krista Dodd

Graduate Student
Walke's Lab
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Dechen Edwards

Graduate Student
J. Matos & Ochoa-Reparaz' Lab
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SCI 240 & SCI 295

Nicole Hamada

Grraduate Student
Case's Lab
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Christopher Harding

Graduate Student
Ashley's Lab
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Emma Hoskins

Graduate Student
Brown's Lab
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Hannah Kohl

Graduate Student
Ochoa-Reparaz' Lab
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SCI 295
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Taylor Mauzy

Graduate Student
L. Matos' Lab
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Macee Mitchell

Graduate Student
Walke's Lab
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Sarah Richardson

Graduate Student
Black's & Spruell's Labs
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SCI 252 & SCI 190
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Ronald Scerbicke

Graduate Student
Black's Lab
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I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2016. I have a background working at SEWRPC (Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) involving environmental planning with lakes and streams. With my background in streams and lakes, it has led me to Eastern Washington University where I will be working in Dr. Black’s lab. The research I will be conducting involves looking at the water quality at Deep Lake in Stevens County, WA and why the lake is having occurrences of early anoxia.

Kristin Snyder

Graduate Student
Brown's Lab

Bryn Tennyson

Graduate Student
Castillo's Lab
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Benjamin Thompson

Graduate Student
Magori's Lab
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I am researching tick populations in the greater Spokane area. My collection data is used twofold. One purpose is to create a questing tick density map of Spokane County, WA to visually show the areas that have the highest likelihood of encountering ticks. Also, all ticks collected are tested for disease. The primary disease of concern is Rocky Mountain spotted fever caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. The purpose for this is the public health importance of monitoring local vector-borne zoonotic diseases.

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Craig Wells

Graduate Student
Spruell's Lab
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My research aims to use molecular techniques build a genetic baseline that can be used to identify the most likely stream of natal origin for Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi) within the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Basin in the hopes of aiding conservation goals for the species. Many dams in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Basin lack fish passage systems, a problem which blocks migratory salmonids—including Westslope Cutthroat Trout—from completing spawning migrations to their natal streams and making reproductive/genetic contributions. A genetic baseline, based on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), will allow biologists and managers to capture a fish below a barrier, conduct a genetic analysis, and then use those results to make informed decisions about whether that fish should receive passage over a barrier. Improving the passage of migratory individuals over dams will allow them to reproduce and make genetic contributions to populations that may be experiencing decline.