The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP welcomes nine new Ph.D. Fellows in Spring 2022

 January 18, 2022

The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP welcomes nine new Ph.D. fellows in Spring 2022. The incoming cohort reflects the disciplinary diversity of the Global Change Center, representing seven different departments and six colleges across the VT campus!

Meet our newest fellows:

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Prashasti Agarwal
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Working with Drs. Brian Badgley & Jacob Barney

Research interests: Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, plant-microbe-soil interactions.

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Taylor Fossett
Biological Sciences

Working with Dr. Kendra Sewell

Research interests: Behavioral ecology, behavioral neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, ecophysiology.

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Caetano Franco
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Working with Dr. Michael Sorice

Research interests: Co-management and community-based management of natural resources, use of common resources, local populations, protected areas.

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Megan Harris
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Working with Dr. John Little

Research interests: Systems modeling, hydrology, software framework, uncertainty, system dynamics, interdependencies.

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Dexter Howard
Biological Sciences

Working with Dr. Cayelan Carey

Research interests: Limnology, aquatic biogeochemistry, organic carbon cycling, drinking water quality.

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Tori Hymel
School of Public and International Affairs

Working with Dr. Todd Schenk

Research interests: Human-wildlife conflict, conservation social science, anti-poaching, cross-cultural research.

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Amir Mortazavigazar
Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

Working with Dr. Ryan Calder

Research interests: Public health, environmental health, policy-making, decarbonization, renewable energy systems, artificial intelligence.

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Grace O’Malley
Biological Sciences

Working with Dr. Meryl Mimms

Research interests: Bioacoustic monitoring, effects of climate change on freshwater organisms, applied conservation science.

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Sergio Sabat-Bonilla
Entomology

Working with Dr. Sally Entrekin

Research interests: Aquatic entomology, macroinvertebrate response to human and environmental stressors, traits-based approaches.  

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