2017 Scholars

 

Top Row (from left to right): Sydney Fuller, Teresa Dorado, Ami Fofana, Josh Thorne / Makayla Marshall, Isaac Klimasmith, Blenna Kiros, Emily Rau, Muhajir Lesure / Juliette Pascual, Jorge Agudelo, Logan Dreher, Brandon Arbuckle, Harbria Gardner, Alec Flores Pina / Whitney Vong, Malik Smith, Maeghen Goode, Gabbie Buendia, Kim Tran / (Bottom right row) Tonyisha Harris, Tiffany Wu, Jessica Riojas Photo Credit: Jaime Muñoz Velazquez

2017 Scholar Cohort Research

Lourdes Abreu Torres, Rutgers University

Research Title:How does variation in soil impact the potential for character displacement in root traits?”

Research Mentor: Sara Colom and Dr. Gina Baucom (PI)

Internship Host Sites: Freshwater Future

 

 

Jorge Agudelo, Florida International University

Research Title: “Deductive Reasoning in Wasps: Success of Transitive Inference in Polistes dominula

Research Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Tibbetts

Internship Host Sites: Fair Food Network

 

 

Brandon Arbuckle, Wabash College

Research Title: “Tied Hands: Parcelization’s constraints on land management strategies in the Northwoods”

Research Mentor: Dr. Paige Fischer

Internship Host Sites: Ecology Center

 

 

Gabbie Buendia, Rollins College

Research Title: “Expanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Center for Sustainable Systems”

Research Mentors: Helaine Hunscher and Dr. Geoff Lewis

Internship Host Sites: Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Great Lakes Great Communities

 

 

Teresa Dorado, Loyola University Chicago

Research Title: “Impact of Nearby Vegetation on the Potential for Character Displacement in Root Traits”

Research Mentors: Sara Colom and Dr. Gina Baucom (PI)

Internship Host Sites: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

 

 

Logan Dreher, Brown University

Research Title: “Adapting to Climate Change in Tribal Communities in the Great Lakes”

Research Mentors: Dr. Frank Marsik, Dr. Jenna Jorns and Ornar Gates

Internship Host Sites: Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

 

 

Alec Flores Pina, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Title: “Prophage Induction in Pseudoalteromonas sp.”

Research Mentors: Dr. Melissa Duhaime and Morgan Lindback

Internship Host Sites: City of Ann Arbor, Natural Area Preservation (NAP)

 

Ami Fofana, The University of Toledo

Research Title: “Quantifying Feedbacks Between Soil Fertility and Legume Nitrogen Fixation on Organic”

Research Mentors: Dr. Jennifer Blesh and Beth VanDusen

Internship Host Sites: Legacy Land Conservancy

 

 

Sydney Fuller, University of Michigan

Research Title: “Reality of Michigan Cover Crops: Ecosystem Services and Practicality for Farmers”

Research Mentors: Dr. Jennifer Blesh and Beth VanDusen

Internship Host Sites: Washtenaw County Health Department

 

 

Harbria Gardner, Florida A&M University

Research Title: “How do environmental stressors affect fitness of Daphnis?”

Research Mentor: Dr. Meghan Duffy

Internship Host Sites: Michigan League of Conservation Voters

 

 

 

Maeghen Goode, Michigan State University

Research Title: “How Are Soil Chemical and Physical Properties Affected by Deer Browsing?”

Research Mentor: Jacqueline Popma

Internship Host Sites: EcoWorks

 

 

Tonyisha Harris, Loyola University Chicago

Research Title: “How do phosphorous loads affect water quality and fish production in western Lake Erie?”

Research Mentors: Dr. Hongyan Zhang, De Rutherford and Doran Mason

Internship Host Sites: Huron River Watershed Council

 

 

Blenna Kiros, Humboldt State University

Research Title: “Daphnia: How Has Body Size Changed?”

Research Mentor: Dr. Meghan Duffy

Internship Host Sites: Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office

 

 

Isaac Klimasmith, Wesleyan University

Research Title: “Toxic Microcystis Blooms and Viral Replication Strategies in Western Lake Erie”

Research Mentors: Dr. Melissa Duhaime and Rachel Cable

Internship Host Sites: National Wildlife Federation-Great Lakes Regional Center

 

 

Makayla Marshall, Lake Superior State University

Research Title: “Assessing the relationship between threats and responses to environmental change”

Research Mentor: Dr. Paige Fischer

Internship Host Sites: City of Ann Arbor, Natural Area Preservation (NAP)

 

 

Juliette Pascual, University of California-Berkeley

Research Title: “Geospatial Analysis of Vacancy Patterns in Detroit, Michigan”

Research Mentor: Professor Joan Nassauer

Internship Host Sites: Great Lakes Commission

 

 

 

Emily Rau, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Title: “Component Use Patterns for the Michigan Sustainability Case, ‘Dioxane Plume Pollution'”

Research Mentor: Dr. Meghan Wagner and Dr. Rebecca Hardin

Internship Host Sites: Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Great Lakes Great Communities

 

Jessica Riojas, Lowa State University

Research Title: “Deductive reasoning in paper Wasps: Polistes dominula are capable of transitive inference”

Research Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Tibbetts

Internship Host Sites: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

 

 

Malik Smith, Marshall University

Research Title: “Assessing the Importance of Abiotic and Biotic Drivers on Tree Seedling Recruitment in Temperate Forests”

Research Mentor: Dr. Ines Ibanez

Internship Host Sites: Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office

 

Josh Thorne, University of Mount Union

Research Title: “Case-based Experiential Learning through Urban Farming in Detroit”

Research Mentor: Dr. Meghan Wager and Dr. Rebecca Hardin

Internship Host Sites: EcoWorks

 

Kim Tran, Pomona College

Research Title: “Life by the Riverfront: A Review of Residents’ Public Perception of Chicago and Other Legacy Cities”

Research Mentor: Professor Joan Nassauer

Internship Host Sites: EcoWorks

 

Whitney Vong, University of Maryland-College Park

Research Title: “Repurposing Detroit’s Vacant Lots to Provide Pollinator Habitat”

Research Mentor: Professor Joan Nassauer

Internship Host Sites: Great Lakes Commission

 

 

Tiffany Wu, Colby College

Research Title: “Are deer browsing effects on soil nutrient cycling rates mediated by changes in plant biomass and species composition?”

Research Mentor: Jacqueline Popma

Internship Host Sites: Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum