Six IGC Fellows awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to several IGC Fellows awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in 2019!!

According to the National Science Foundation, “The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.”

Current Fellows:

Lauren Maynard (BIOL) – studying the chemical ecology of seed dispersal and fruit defense, as well as the multi-trophic interactions among plants, insects, and bats, with Dr. Susan Whitehead in the Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Interactions Lab.

Stephen Plont (BIOL) – currently assessing how stream confluences influence ecosystem function, the fate of carbon and nutrients in stream networks, and ultimately how stream confluences impact downstream water quality, with Dr. Erin Hotchkiss in the Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology Lab.

Daniel Smith (BSE) – studying how plant roots and soil microorganisms impact stream bank soil resistance to fluvial erosion, with Dr. Tess Thompson in the Watershed Assessment Lab.

Ben Kligman (GEOS) received Honorable Mention! – whose research involves using the vertebrate fossil record and data from the stratigraphic record to understand how and why terrestrial ecosystems and evolutionary patterns change in geologic time, with Dr. Michelle Stocker in the Paleobiology and Geobiology Lab.

 Incoming Fellows:

Gaëlle Blanvillain (FWC) – is interested in how rapid environmental changes affect the physiology, behavior and health of endemic populations of reptiles and amphibians, and the consequences at the population level of such changes over the long term. She is working with Dr. Bill Hopkins in the Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology Lab.

Melissa Burt (BIOL) – whose dissertation will likely focus on the effects of habitat fragmentation and climate on ant community dynamics and their interactions with plants that have ant-dispersed seeds, with Dr. Susan Whitehead in the Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Interactions Lab.

Abby Lewis (BIOL) – planning to study the effects of changing oxygen conditions on carbon dynamics in lakes and reservoirs, with Dr. Cayelan Carey in the Freshwater Ecosystem Science lab.