Christy Baggett, Anthony Lab
I received my B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University in 2012. After graduation I worked at OSU as a biological technician assisting with fieldwork and lab studies on NW stream amphibians as well as conducting my own research. I studied the effects of male courtship pheromones on female choice in red-legged salamanders (Plethodon shermani) from the southern Appalachian Mountains. For my Master’s thesis, I am working in the Anthony/Hickerson Lab on populations of red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) in northern Ohio. I am studying how differences in pheromone composition between populations might influence mate recognition, assortative mating, and maintenance of distinct lineages.
Annelise Blanchette, Saporito Lab
I received my B.S. in biology in 2014 from Eastern Connecticut State University. As an undergraduate I completed research on Dendrobates auratus, the green and black poison frog, at Selva Verde in Costa Rica. I am pursuing my M.S. under the advisement of Dr. Ralph Saporito and plan to study D. auratus behavior and determine a way to accurately assign sex to these frogs in the field.
Sarah Bolton, Saporito Lab
I graduated from JCU with a B.S. in Biology in 2014. As an undergraduate, I spent 3 years working as a Research Assistant in the Neuroscience Lab of Drs. Wideman and Murphy. I am pursuing my M.S. in Dr. Ralph Saporito’s lab where I plan to study how variation in alkaloid-based chemical defenses of poison frogs relate to defense against predation.
Alex Cameron, Anthony Lab
I received my B.S. in Environmental Science from John Carroll University in 2014. I have worked on a variety of projects that include a phylogeography study of the black throated – green warbler, general amphibian surveys and a microcosm study examining interactions between the red back salamander and an invasive earthworm. For my thesis work I will be investing patterns of gene flow between populations of Red Back salamanders inhabiting fragmented environments.
Alfonso Dell’Accio, Johansen Lab
I graduated from the University of Florence in 2015 as Molecular Biologist. As an undergraduate student I worked for my Master thesis in Italy at The National Research Council (CNR), and I focused my studies on isolation and characterization of cyanobacteria from High Arctic enviroments (Greenland). I am currently working in Dr. Johansen’s lab. My Master’s thesis will be focused on isolation and characterization of cyanobacteria from saline environments using molecular, morphological, and ecological data.
Marissa Ganzfried, Anthony Lab
I received my B.S. in biology in 2015 from Baldwin Wallace University. As an undergraduate I completed research on emerald ash borer, red-backed salamanders, and aquatic macroinvertebrates. For my Master’s thesis, I am working in the Anthony/Hickerson lab and am using geometric morphometrics to assess potential differences in shape between striped and unstriped morphs of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander.
Kyle Hovey, Saporito Lab
I received a B.S. degree in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014. My previous research experience has focused on the ecology of deep-sea communities and kinematics of spider locomotion in relation to limb autotomy. I am now working in Dr. Saporito’s lab, investigating the antimicrobial activity of poison frog alkaloids for my Master’s thesis.
Chase Kilgore, Johansen Lab
I graduated from the University of North Florida in 2014 with a B.S. in biology. I spent time in the lab at UNF under the guidance of Dr. Casamatta, researching evolutionary relationships among cyanobacteria. I am currently working in Dr. Johansen’s lab. My time here will be focused on the evolutionary relationships of cyanobacteria using molecular, morphological, and ecological data.
Truc Mai, Johansen Lab
I received my Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from HCMC International University, Vietnam, and did research on marine green algae as biofuels. In Dr. Johansen’s lab I am collecting genetic data to build a better supported phylogeny of a family of cyanobacteria, the Leptolyngbyaceae.
Clare Muller, Drenovsky Lab
I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from JCU in 2015. My undergraduate research focused on the leaf chemistry of endemic plant species growing on gypsum soils in the Chihuahuan Desert. My Master’s thesis will investigate the physiological mechanisms behind plant tolerance of gypsum soils within the context of the lineage ages of target species.
Andras Ponti, Johnson Lab
I received my B.S. in Biology from John Carroll University in 2014. My thesis research will examine the ability to enhance interferon signaling as a means to induce apoptosis of human cancer cells.
Ian Reider, Watling Lab
I graduated from JCU in 2015 with a B.S. in environmental science. As an undergraduate student I worked in Dr. Johansen’s phycology lab as well as Dr. Watling’s GIS lab. I am doing my masters research under Dr. Watling and I am interested in conservation and landscape ecology. For my thesis I plan to study the species richness in fragmented landscapes using GIS methods.
Sergei Shalygin, Johansen Lab
I graduated from MSTU (Murmansk, Russia) as a environmental ecologist. I also conducted field botany research while working for the Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden Institute. Now, I am working in the Johansen lab, exploring the systematics of some arctic terrestrial cyanobacteria.
Brian Waldron, Anthony Lab
I graduated from St. John’s University in 2015 with a B.A. in biology. My research interests are in amphibian behavior and ecology, and I am currently defining my thesis topic.
Becca Wier, Watling Lab
I received a B.A. in biology from Boston University in 2012. After graduation, I worked as a field assistant researching microhabitat preference in Plethodontid salamanders, as well as several other projects. My research interests include effects of landscape on amphibian populations.