MEET OUR IGC FELLOWS

The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP provides PhD students with a unique intellectual focus and training. Each IGC Fellow gains depth in their specific scientific area of expertise (e.g. biology or engineering), while simultaneously gaining breadth in the multifaceted realm of global change and the science-policy interface.

The IGC Graduate Student Association exists to benefit the IGC community as a whole through student contributions to infrastructural, educational, and social investments and activities.

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Camilo Alfonso

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Behavioral endocrinology, ecophysiology, tropical ecology, ornithology

Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore

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Abigail Belvin

Ph.D. Student

Department of Entomology

Research Interests: Interactions between riparian habitats and freshwater ecosystems; the impacts of land use change on aquatic environments with a focus on macroinvertebrates.

Advisor: Dr. Sally Entrekin

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Gaëlle Blanvillain

Ph.D. Student

Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Ecology and evolution of emergent infectious diseases, host-pathogen coevolution, pathogen virulence, conservation biology

Advisor: Dr. Joseph Hoyt

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Nicholas Bone

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Trait adaptation, phylogenetic comparative methods, and macroevolutionary dynamics

Advisor: Dr. Josef Uyeda

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Gabriel Borba

Ph.D. Student

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: the impacts of climate change, habitat loss and overfishing

Advisor: Dr. Leandro Castello

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Kristen Bretz

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Stream ecology, the effects of climate change on aquatic biogeochemistry

Advisor: Dr. Erin Hotchkiss

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Jennifer Brousseau

Ph.D. Student

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Human dimensions of wildlife; motivations behind environmental awareness and pro-environmental behavior; environmental education-specifically informal STEM learning; climate change adaptation

Advisor: Dr. Marc Stern

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Emma Bueren

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Disease ecology

Advisor: Dr. Lisa Belden

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Melissa Burt

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Species interactions, community ecology, climate change, habitat fragmentation, functional traits

Advisor: Dr. Susan Whitehead

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Felipe Carvalho

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Fisheries management; fish ecology; invasive species; climate change

Advisor: Dr. Leandro Castello

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Sara Cathey

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Community ecology; stream ecology; restoration ecology

Advisor: Dr. Bryan Brown

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Jordan Coscia

Ph.D. Student

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Grassland ecology, community ecology, ecological restoration, botany

Advisor: Dr. Leighton Reid

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Amanda Darling

Ph.D. Student

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation for low resource settings, the intersection of environmental engineering and public health, rural drinking water systems

Advisor: Dr. Alasdair Cohen

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Stephanie Duston

Ph.D. Student

Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Soil biogeochemistry; soil organic matter and microbe dynamics; distribution and partitioning of soil organic matter through plant and microbial function

Advisor: Drs. Brian Strahm and Brian Badgley

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Zach Gajewski

Ph.D. Student

Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Using statistical models to better understand the complex interactions between disease and host microbiota

Advisor: Dr. Leah Johnson

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Kerry Gendreau

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biology

Research Interests: Genomics, evolutionary biology, coevolution, adaptation, conservation genetics

Advisor: Dr. Joel McGlothlin

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Luke Goodman

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Research Interests: Watershed modeling focused on management and policy; Climate change adaptation in the context of water resource management

Advisor: Dr. Durelle Scott

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Bennett Grooms

Ph.D. Student

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Human dimensions of wildlife; citizen science; conservation sociology; wildlife education; animal behavior

Advisor: Dr. Ashley Dayer

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Ariel Heminger

Ph.D. Student

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Plant-insect-microbe interactions, chemical ecology, genomics, micro biome, climate change

Advisor: Dr. David Haak

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Amanda Hensley

Ph.D. Student

Department of Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health

Research Interests: Public health implementation science, immunology and infectious disease, health equity for diverse, under-engaged, and rural populations

Advisor: Dr. Kathy Hosig

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Jessica Hernandez

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Stress and reproductive physiology; behavioral endocrinology; urban ecology

Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore

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Devin Hoffman

Ph.D. Student

Department of Geosciences

Research Interests: Macroevolutionary and diversity responses of vertebrates to rapid environmental changes, particularly those surrounding mass extinctions

Advisor: Dr. Sterling Nesbitt

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Bailey Howell

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Urban evolution, phylogenetic comparative methods, macroevolution, trait adaptation

Advisor: Dr. Josef Uyeda

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Korin Jones

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Microbial ecology

Advisor: Dr. Lisa Belden

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Macy J. Kailing

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Infectious disease ecology, host-pathogen coevolution, wildlife and ecosystem health, heterogeneity in host susceptibility

Advisor: Dr. Kate Langwig

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Okeshola Idowu Kayode

Ph.D. Student

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Development and testing of sensor technologies for the detection of environmental contaminants

Advisor: Dr. Peter Vikesland

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Junyao Kang

Ph.D. Student

Department of Geosciences

Research Interests: Geochemistry and geobiology; Neoproterozoic paleoenvironment reconstruction, co-evolution of life and environment through deep time.

Advisor: Dr. Shuhai Xiao

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Ben Kligman

Ph.D. Student

Department of Geosciences

Research Interests: Vertebrate evolution, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, paleoclimate, geochronology

Advisor: Dr. Michelle Stocker

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Sarah Kuchinsky

Ph.D./DVM Dual Degree Student

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Research Interests: One Health initiatives; zoonotic disease ecology and management; understanding factors that drive viral emergence

Advisor: Dr. Nisha Duggal

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Sam Lane

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, ecophysiology

Advisor: Dr. Kendra Sewall

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Abby Lewis

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Freshwater ecology, nutrient cycling, and science communication

Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey

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Mary Lofton

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Limnology; effects of climate change and land use change/degradation on plankton diversity and trophic webs in lakes and reservoirs and implications for water quality; best practices in scientific communication regarding policy, resource management, and education

Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey

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Zach Martin

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Stream habitat management, landscape ecology, reproductive biology of fishes, watershed modeling, spatial modeling

Advisor: Dr. Paul Angermeier

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Lauren Maynard

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Species interactions, trophic cascades, chemical ecology, tropical ecology, integrated pest management

Advisor: Dr. Susan Whitehead

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Noah McNeill

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Ornithology, animal behavior, ecology, conservation biology, anthropogenic land use

Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Walters

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David Millican

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Avian ecology and conservation, natural and sexual selection, game theory, and breeding ecology

Advisor: Dr. Jeff Walters

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Chloe Moore

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Population and community ecology, biogeography, landscape genetics/genomics, traits-based approaches, conservation biology

Advisor: Dr. Meryl Mims

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Joshua Mouser

Ph.D. Student

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Stream ecology, landscape ecology, land-use change

Advisor: Dr. Paul Angermeier

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Leah Novak

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Impacts of habitat loss and climate change on avian species; the application of science to conservation, management, and public policy

Advisor: Dr. Jeff Walters

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Caleb O’Brien

Ph.D. Student

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Human dimensions of natural resources, climate change adaptation, science communication

Advisor: Dr. Marc Stern

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Rebecca O’Brien

Ph.D. Student

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, wildlife biology, science communication, landowner relations, sensory ecology

Advisor: Dr. William Hopkins and Dr. Ashley Dayer

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Namrata Shanmukh Panji

Ph.D. Student

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and atmospheric measurement techniques

Advisor: Dr. Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz

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Amanda Pennino

Ph.D. Student

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Soil biogeochemistry of forested ecosystems; geochemistry, watershed hydrology and forest ecology

Advisor: Drs. Brian Strahm and Kevin McGuire

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Luciana Pereira

Ph.D. Student

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Migration and population genetics of Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum in the Amazon

Advisor: Dr. Leandro Castello

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Stephen Plont

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Stream ecosystem processes and biogeochemical cycles in the face of environmental change

Advisor: Dr. Erin Hotchkiss

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Joshua Rady

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Ecological and eco-climate modeling, forest ecology and dynamics, systems ecology, decision analysis, land use change

Advisor: Dr. Quinn Thomas

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Sara Teemer Richards

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Disease ecology, behavioral ecology, and microbiology 

Advisor: Dr. Dana Hawley

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Paul Risteca

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Microbial and ecosystem ecology; effects of climate change on polar soil microbial communities and nutrient cycling

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Barrett

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Meredith Semel

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Behavioral endocrinology; examining how lemurs respond to ecological stress; dispersal behavior/fission-fusion dynamics in primates; the importance of habitat connectivity; and overall primate responses to anthropogenic disturbances

Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore

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Hye-jeong Seo

Ph.D. Candidate

School of Public and International Affairs

Research Interests: Environmental risk communication, environmental planning and policy, collaborative planning and decision-making, public participation, public dispute resolution

Advisor: Dr. Todd Schenk

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Brendan Shea

Ph.D. Student

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Marine ecology; predator-prey dynamics; ecological role of sharks and the ecosystem consequences of their removal

Advisor: Dr. Francesco Ferretti

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Samuel Silknetter

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Stream ecology and biodiversity, landscape genetics, traits-based approaches, species interactions

Advisor: Dr. Meryl Mims

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Daniel Smith

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Research Interests: Stream and wetland restoration, soil microbial ecology, soil erosion

Advisor: Dr. Tess Thompson

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Charles W. Sterling III

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Research Interests: Private well water quality; Environmental Justice

Advisor: Dr. Leigh-Anne Krometis

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Irving Forde Upshur

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biochemistry

Research Interests: Mosquito-plant interactions, entomology, behavioral ecology, ecophysiology

Advisor: Dr. Chloé Lahondère

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Isaac VanDiest

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, urbanization, ornithology, ecophysiology, and conservation biology

Advisor: Dr. Kendra Sewall

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Nicole K. Ward

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Freshwater ecology, hysteresis of lake water quality, human impacts on freshwater systems, policy and management

Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey

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Heather Wander

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Limnology, plankton dynamics, food web interactions, climate change, water quality

Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey

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Tyler Weiglein

Ph.D. Student

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Terrestrial biogeochemistry, hillslope/catchment hydrology

Advisor: Drs. Brian Strahm and Kevin McGuire

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Alaina Weinheimer

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Microbial ecology and evolution, marine microbiology, marine ecosystem management

Advisor: Dr. Frank Aylward

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Amber Wendler

Ph.D. Student

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, conservation biology, and ornithology

Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore

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Brenen M. Wynd

Ph.D. Student

Department of Geosciences

Research Interests: Paleoecology, functional morphology, phylogenetics, conservation paleobiology, mass extinctions

Advisor: Dr. Sterling Nesbitt