Latest Lab News: What Are Students Doing Now?
Miranda Johnson (SCU '06) is preparing to start work on her second master's degree in Coastal Zone Management at NOVA Southeastern University. She recently completed a master's program in Marine and Coastal Climate Change in addition to an internship focused on marine conservation at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), "Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women" in Paris, France.
Kelsey Boeff (SCU '11) was just accepted into the graduate program in Quaternary and Climate Studies in the Climate Change Instititute at the University of Maine for Fall 2012! Until then, she continues to work as a field and lab research technician for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), assisting with research and water chemistry analyses.
Anika Bratt (SCU '10) just received a highly competitive three-year EPA STAR (Environmental Projection Agency, Science to Achieve Results) fellowship to support her Ph.D. research studying nutrient cycling in river ecosystems at the University of Minnesota. She recently finished working as a field intern on a project linking the ecology and evolution of guppies in Trinidad, funded by the National Science Foundation. Her graduate work will expand upon her undergraduate research results.
Michaela Swanson (SCU '07) is in the final stages of completing her master's research at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Her work focuses on the ecology of alder trees, especially how they acquire essential nutrients and the genetics of their associated micorrhyzal fungi. Her research is part of a larger National Science Foundation funded project studying the effect of climate change and disturbance on boreal forests at the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site in Alaska.
Caitlin Gray (SCU '10) has just completed her work with AmeriCorps in California developing recycling programs and local food education programs for public schools.
Hannah Kaup (SCU '11) is now working as a chemist for General Mills. She has also been working as a lab technician in the Welter lab where she has been responsible for new method development and sample analysis.
Jessica Cormier (SCU '12) gave a poster presentation entitled, "Comparison of N2-fixation rates in dominant cyanobacterial taxa and the implications for nitrogen loading in an N-limited river ecosystem" at the Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium, Oconomowoc, WI, in February. Jessica was also recented awarded the Minnesota High Tech Foundation Scholarship.