Christy Baggett, Anthony Lab
I received my B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University in 2012. After graduation I worked at Oregon State as a biological technician assisting with 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. For my Master’s thesis, I will be working on the behavior of red-backed salamanders with Dr. Anthony.
David Bartholow, Sheil Lab
I received my B.S. in Environmental Science from John Carroll in 2012. My research interests are in the ecology of fungi, reptiles and amphibians. As an undergraduate I created the John Carroll University Fungal Collection and surveyed the mushrooms of local parks. My current research attempts to understand the spread of the disease amphibian chytridiomycosis on small spatial scales.
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.
Cameron Eddy, Anthony Lab
I earned a B.S. from Allegheny College in 2012 with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science and a minor in German. My undergraduate thesis focused on eavesdropping in a non-social species. I spent the past year doing field research around North America and am starting a Master’s here this fall. For my Master’s thesis, I will be working in Dr. Anthony’s lab studying salamanders.
Meaghan Gade, Saporito Lab
I received a B.S. degree in Zoology, Conservation and Biodiversity from Auburn University in 2013. I will be working in Dr. Ralph Saporito’s lab, researching female mate choice in the strawberry poison frog, Oophaga pumilio.
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.
Anjali Karunatt, Johnson Lab
I graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Zoology from M.G. University in India. I will be working in Dr. Johnson’s lab on the role of interferons in immune function.
Kim Peterson-Daut, Sheil Lab
I received a B.S from the University of Maryland-College Park in Physiology-Neurobiology. I am interested in studying Parasitology, especially within the field of veterinary medicine.
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.
Kathleen Sagarin, Sheil Lab
I graduated in 2012 from McGill University with a BSc. in Biology and a minor in Geology. I’m interested in studying turtle phylogenetics with Dr. Sheil.
Valerie Wagner, Sheil Lab
I earned my bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University-Erie in 2013 with a minor in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree at JCU to deepen my understanding of Biology. My professional goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Julie Ziemba, Anthony Lab
I completed my B.S. in Biology at John Carroll University in 2009. Following graduation, I worked as a project assistant for a Lyme disease ecology lab at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. My thesis research will examine interactions between Plethodon cinereus and invasive earthworms.