Mildred Akagha, Johansen Lab
I graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2014. As an undergraduate, my research focused on the Antioxidant effect of aqueous ethanolic extract of Anthocleista vogelii on wistar albino rats intoxicated with Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4). I further evaluated the proximate composition and lipid profile of Nitzschia sp. isolated from a tidal creek in Lagos state as a graduate student. I am currently exploring systematic taxonomy and phylogenetic analysis of cyanobacteria from understudied ecosystems for my masters research project in Dr. Johansen’s lab at John Carroll University.
Micah Ashford, Watling Lab
My research interests vary from conservation practices to endangered species management and my professional career has followed these interests. My project goals at John Carroll University are to examine landscape thermal heterogeneity and refine methods for spatial, thermal data collection using modern technology.
Osmary Medina Baez, Watling Lab
I received my B. S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2017. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to conduct research related to movement and habitat distribution of the invasive Boa constrictors in Puerto Rico. As an REU student at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Virginia, I studied critical thermal limits in red-backed salamanders. I will be working on my thesis project as a member of Dr. James Watling’s research laboratory studying thermal physiology of salamanders found in Colombia.
Olivia Brooks, Saporito Lab
I graduated from Ohio University with my B.S. in wildlife and conservation biology in 2018. My undergraduate research focused on the impacts of abandoned crabbing and fishing gear on the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin). As a member of Dr. Saporito’s lab, I plan to study the maternal provisioning of alkaloids in dendrobatid frogs.
Teah Evers, Anthony/Hickerson Lab
I received by B.S. in Biology (Ecology and Environmental Biology) from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, I did research on territoriality and sex-specific spatial movement in the Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus). At John Carroll, I will be in the Anthony/Hickerson lab continuing my research with this polymorphic salamander. Specifically, I will be applying my knowledge of territoriality to compare range edge and range core populations.
Kelsey Garner, Anthony/Hickerson Lab
I am interested in whether behaviors such as aggression, dispersal, and exploration are repeatable in a given individual; if so, are they often observed together, as a behavioral syndrome. Specifically, do behavioral differences exist between range-core and range-edge populations of Eastern Red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus), and if so, what evolutionary and ecological aspects contributed to such divergence.
Joy Jackson, Johansen Lab
I am currently enrolled in the M.S Biology program. I am interested in aquatic ecology specifically, freshwater systems. My thesis research is focused on analyzing benthic diatom communities in Lake George, NY to further understand the effects of cultural eutrophication.
Abigail Perrino, Drenovsky Lab
I received my B. A. in Biology in 2010 from Judson University. Since then I have done botanical studies and wetland surveys for both research and regulatory purposes for several organizations across the Midwest. I am excited to be a part of the Drenovsky lab, studying plant ecology.
Adam Ruka, Johansen Lab
I graduated last Spring from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Biology. During my undergraduate, I studied the effect of fire upon bryophyte communities and nutrient gradients in algae communities. I am working in Dr. Johansen’s lab to assess the phycological health of Lake George in the New York Adirondacks.
Jessica Ryan, Anthony-Hickerson Lab
I received my B.S. in Biology (Emphasis in Ecology and Biodiversity) from Humboldt State University in 2018. As an undergraduate, I spent two summers with the Clark lab at San Diego State University studying the predator-prey interactions of Sidewinder rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerastesem>) and Desert kangaroo rats (Dipodomys deserti). At John Carroll, I will be working in the Anthony/Hickerson lab studying Eastern red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). I am very interested in predator-prey interactions from my previous research experience and behavioral ecology in general and hope to study some aspect of P. cinereus’ behavior in relation to its polymorphic color patterns and intraspecific interactions.
Rachel Snyder, Watling Lab
I am broadly interested in studying how landscape context influences behavior of tropical amphibians. Currently, I am researching the effects of habitat edges on tadpole rearing site choice and tadpole fitness of Oophaga pumilio.
Amanda Szinte, Johansen Lab
Phone: 216.397.4496 or 216.397.3077
I’m a first year M.S. Biology student interested in studying algal ecology and systematics. I graduated from Ohio University in May 2019 with research projects including eDNA within stream biofilms and freshwater red algae. My thesis research will be focused on using morphological and molecular data to identify cyanobacteria in gypsum soil biocrusts from White Sands, New Mexico.
Courney Thomas, Anthony/Hickerson Lab
I earned my BS/BA degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from The Evergreen State College. As an undergraduate, I concentrated on the ecology and natural history of amphibians and reptiles, with a focus on phenotypic plasticity within the salamander family Dicamptodontidae. I’ve had the opportunity to study diverse herpetofauna in a variety of ecosystems as a research assistant since I graduated, and I am excited to return to academia under the advisement of Dr. Cari Hickerson and Dr. Carl Anthony. I will be joining their ongoing investigation of a polymorphic population of Plethodon cinereus in fall 2018.
Andrew Veselka, Watling Lab
I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College in 2015. Since then I have tried to work in as many areas of wildlife ecology as possible. These include tracking king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) for a local NGO in Northeast Thailand to better understand their life history, assisting The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC office in land management, and surveying herpetofauna around the Santa Monica National Recreation Area to understand how they respond to human land use changes. Working in the Watling lab, I plan to research the thermal effects that human development has on herpetofaunal communities.