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I'm received my BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, from Hofstra University. While I was there I gained experience with east coast vegetation, small mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates. My graduate thesis work is focused on prairie restoration techniques where the primary goal is to remove invasive annual grasses and promote native species growth at the Mima mound prairie in Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
The majority of my education has been in the field of wildlife conservation. I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from EWU in 2009. I was an AmeriCorps Intern for 2 years at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. For the past 3 summers I have worked as a field technician monitoring wildlife and wildlife habitats for a habitat restoration project through Eastern Washington University and the Upper Columbia United Tribes. For my Masters' research I am investigating the sensory modalities used in underground navigation by the northern pocket gopher (Thomomys talpoides).
I evaluate ecological function provided by bank stabilization in the Box Canyon Reservoir; research interests include stream/wetland restoration; linkages between ecology and hydrogeomorphology; human impacts in stream/wetland ecosystems; integration of scienctific information with management/planning processes.
I received my BS in Biology from EWU in 2012. My graduate thesis work explores the cellular-level responses of freshwater clams to heavy metal pollution. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of cellular chaperones in the response to heavy metals.
I have a background in wildlife biology from the University of Rhode Island. I have had field jobs working with Lesser Prairie Chickens, Spotted Salamanders, Porcupines, invasive weeds in Yellowstone NP, and Northern Goshawks here in eastern Washington. For four years I worked with the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program in Abuquerque, New Mexico monitoring the health of the riparian ecosystem along the Middle Rio Grand Valley. Through all these experiences I have worked closely with middle and high school students and have most recently taught science to middle school students in Maine. My research interests are in plant ecology and restoration management. I am currently looking at how the water use of the invasive reed canary grass affects the stream flow in small creeks in eastern Washington.
"Several tributaries to the upper Wenatchee River (Nason Creek, Little Wenatchee, White, and Chiwawa Rivers) are currently being considered for nutrient enhancement. At this time they are being studied to assess their nutrient status. My research is one component to this broader study. In the White River I am calculating benthic macroinvertebrate production in reaches above and below the spawning grounds of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Comparisons between upper and lower reaches will allow me to assess the influence spawning salmon have on the composition of the macroinvertebrate community as well as their production. In the remaining tributaries I am conducting a bioassessment by applying metrics of the benthic macroinvertebrate community to established indices of stream health."
I am pursuing my second Master's degree from EWU. I have a Master's in Education and was a high school biology teacher in Western Washington. I have returned to the Cheney area to obtain my Master's in biology with a focus in freshwater aquatic ecosystems. My area of interest is in invasive species and gastropods. I will be conducting research on the distribution and diversity of snails near Lewiston Idaho. I will be determining if New Zealand mud snails have invaded the Snake River below Hell's Canyon between the Grand Ronde River and the Clearwater River. I will also be conducting laboratory experiments to determine the extent of competition between native snails and New Zealand mud snails and possibly determine the underlying reason(s) for these competitive interactions.
I graduated from AU, India with a Master's degree in Biotechnology. I came to EWU in Winter 2011 to continue my education. I was helping Dr. Bhuta in teaching Microbiology and Molecular biology labs. My graduate work is focused on identification and characterization of drug resistant bacteria and plasmids in biosolids. I chose this research because all over the states people are using biosolids as a fertilizer without knowing their health effects. I have identified bacteria that were resistant to two or more drugs tested. These bacteria need be tested further for their potential in transfer of drug resistance genes to others.
I graduated with a B.S. in biology from EWU in 2012, I am now pursuing a M.S. degree in Plant Systematics with an emphasis on how indigenous cultures may have affected population genetics and distributions of a historic food plant, Claytonia lanceolata.
I received my B.S. in Biology (and a minor in chemistry) from EWU in the Spring of 2011. Currently I am pursuing a microbial stream ecology thesis, which incorporates a few of my favorite areas of study: the environment, microbiology and molecular biology. My study area is Latah Watershed (aka Hangman Watershed), here in Eastern WA. The purpose of my research is to determine if there is a correlation between the amount of agricultural runoff and overall nitrifier abundance, as well as a change in microbial species diversity. The two molecular techniques I will be using (qPCR and T-RFLP) on DNA extracted from the sediment microbes will allow me to quantify a functional gene (amo-monooxygenase) in nitrifiers, and calculate overall species diversity based on the small ribosomal subunit, 16s rRNA.
"I grew up in northeast Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Biology. After graduation I worked as a biology intern with a county park in Ohio. In this capacity, I was involved with a variety of projects including radio tracking coyotes, mist netting bats, small mammal surveys, endangered plant monitoring, and invasive species control. I began my Masters' program in Fall 2011 and I am researching biotic and abiotic factors affecting the foraging activity of bats over wetland habitats.
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