I have had the pleasure of working with a number of students--below are some short bios of lab members


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Kristen Numata

Kristen is a 2014 graduate of Santa Clara with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science.  She took my upper-division ecology course in Winter 2013, and afterwards started a project investigating the biogeography of the Gray Petaltail dragonfly, Tachopteryx thoreyi.  She was awarded a travel grant from SCU for this work, and was also named an Instars Fellow by the Society for Freshwater Science.  She presented a poster at the Joint-Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon in May 2014, and is continuing to develop this project, while pursuing new research opportunities.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Nikole Ankrom

Nikole worked in my lab for two years, using landmarking techniques to analyze wing color in the Polythore damselflies.  She worked in collaboration with myself and PhD students Melissa Sanchez Herrera and Will Kuhn at Rutgers University.  Nikole presented a poster on her work at the Evolution meeting in Snowbird, Utah and the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference in San Diego, both in 2013. She contributed this work as a coauthor to a manuscript that is currently in review.  Upon graduating Santa Clara in Spring 2013, Nikole began studies at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

 


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Ashley Wu

Ashley was a Bridge to Employment summer research intern in my lab in 2011. She helped collect Tanypteryx hageni adults and larvae in northern California. She is now an undergraduate studying neuroscience at Brown University and expects to graduate in 2016.


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Michael Nechayev

Michael was a Bridge to Employment summer research intern in my lab in 2010, collecting Tanypteryx hageni adults and larvae in northern California and Oregon. He is in his final year of a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at UC Berkeley, with an interest in synthetic organometallic chemistry. His passion for chemistry spans a wide range of disciplines, including cluster chemistry, biomimetics, toxicology, materials science, and green chemistry. He is currently exploring PhD programs.


Xengie Doan

Xengie was a Bridge to Employment summer research intern in my lab in 2011. She helped collect Tanypteryx hageni adults and larvae in northern California. She is now an undergraduate at Willamette University in Oregon, where she is a Webber Scholar with the Willamette Science Outreach Program (WSOP), teaching in 5th grade classrooms to engage, excite, and encourage students to pursue an interest in science, math, and engineering.


Marissa Savoie

Marissa was a Bridge to Employment summer research intern in my lab in 2010, collecting Tanypteryx hageni adults and larvae in northern California and Oregon. She is in her senior year at Columbia University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Math. She has worked at Genentech for two summers as a research assistant in clinical studies and at a birthing center in Knoxville, Tennessee. She will be a clinical research coordinator at UCSF next year before applying to medical school.