Five IGC Fellows awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships & Honorable Mention Recognition

Congratulations to several IGC Fellows awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in 2020!!

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.”

Nicholas Bone (BIOL) – working with Dr. Josef Uyeda, Nic hopes to tease out the nuances of trait adaptation at differing time-scales as well as understand and test the biological assumptions underlying the common methods of the field. He is particularly interested in how understanding evolutionary processes can provide a framework for conservation. 

Korin Jones (BIOL) – studying with Dr. Lisa Belden, Korin’s research interests lie in microbial ecology, particularly looking at the way that microbes can impact the emerging amphibian threat, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

Amber Wendler (BIOL) – is working with Dr. Ignacio Moore to better understand how certain birds respond to changing environments, with the intent of applying this research toward conservation and management efforts.

Chloe Moore (BIOL) received Honorable Mention! – while working in a variety of environments with varying levels of anthropogenic modifications, Chloe has become increasingly interested in using genetic/genomic techniques to monitor, manage, and understand its effect on biodiversity. She is studying with Dr. Meryl Mims.

Heather Wander (BIOL) received Honorable Mention! – is interested in using both experimental and modeling approaches to study ecosystem function in reservoirs. As part of Dr. Cayelan Carey’s lab team, Heather will explore how climate change affects community interactions and ultimately ecosystem dynamics at a broader scale.