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.
Cory Gargas, Johansen Lab
I received my B.S. in Conservation Biology from Kent State University in 2013. During the interim between then and now I have worked as a field and lab technician on projects such as the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Biofilm project and the periphyton portion of the 2013 USEPA National River and Streams Assessment. I am currently working in Dr. Johansen’s lab. My research interests are focused on improving our knowledge of the evolutionary relationships of diatom taxa through the use of molecular and taxonomic data.
Joseph DeMarchi, Anthony/Hickerson Lab
I received my B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College in 2016. As an undergraduate, I completed research on the behavior, resistance and polymorphic differences of amphibian hosts when infected with the skin-infecting fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. I am working in the Anthony/Hickerson lab to understand the stress physiology of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) under different ecological factors.
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.
Václava (Vendy) Hazuková, Johansen Lab
I graduated in 2016 from the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. As an undergraduate I worked in dr. Kaštovský´s phycology lab. In my thesis I focused on the species composition and ecology of algae in Czech fishponds. In my Master´s thesis, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Johansen, I will probably focus on diatoms as a tool for water quality assessment.
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.
Julia Laterza Barbosa, Watling Lab
I graduated in 2012 from Universidade de São Paulo, in Brazil, obtaining a B.S in biology. From 2013 to 2015 I worked in a faunal rescue program in the construction of an hydroelectric dam in the Amazon forest; that experience got me interested in studying animal translocations. For my master’s thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Watling, I will investigate the effects of translocations in neotropical reptiles and amphibians.
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.
Reina Nielsen, Drenovsky Lab
I received my B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota in 2016. At my undergraduate college, I conducted research on the effects of inbreeding on the physiological and functional traits of Echinacea angustifolia. I also was able to conduct research on the longevity of different anatomical features of the Botrychium species. My research interest are in plant ecophysiology, and I am still developing my masters thesis topic.
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.
Jacqueline (Nickie) Trudeau, Saporito Lab
I received my B.S. in biology from Hartwick College in 2016. As an undergraduate I was involved in several herpetology research projects, including the study of limb deformities in Rana sylvaica as well as the molecular analysis of DNA homologies in the chromosomes of Proteid salamanders. For my Master’s thesis I plan to study toxic alkaloids in poison frogs under the advisement of Dr. Ralph Saporito.
I am a graduate student in the Education Department, at John Carroll and a Graduate Assistant in the Biology Department.
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.