Jenna Braun

I am interested in plant-insect interactions, restoration ecology and spatial ecology. In addition to biology, I really enjoy cycling, knitting and gardening.


Calvin Cho

I am interested in the effects of brome competition on native annuals under different density/spatial conditions. I enjoy drawing, weight-lifting, and am currently learning guitar.

Nargol Ghazian 

My interest lies in examining the frequency and abundance of different animal species through data extracted from camera trap photos. Currently I am studying the above parameter from pictures in the Californian desert in hopes of finding the link between certain interactions. I also enjoy cooking as much as eating.

Stephanie Haas

Ecologist with interest in plant-animal interactions in deserts.

Ron Kleiman

Exploring biogeography and invasive plants. A huge fan of urban ecology and how we can make cities greener. Definitely making music or baking a cheesecake if it’s too cold out!

Christopher Lortie
I am an integrative scientist. I enjoy creative challenges but hate puzzles. I love being outside. I love to run. Plants are cool. I want to learn how to build interaction networks. Here is my personal website:


Jacob Lucero

I am a community ecologist interested in connecting ecological patterns to the processes that drive them.  To do this, I use a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches, but I’m a sucker for field experiments!  I conduct most of my work at regional and global scales in hot deserts.  I enjoy most anything that gets me moving outdoors: running, biking, hiking, fishing, etc.  I have four very silly kids, which means that my TinkerToy skills are formidable.

Malory Owen

I’m interested in positive plant-animal interactions, conservation biology, spatial ecology, and science advocacy. I’m working on my Masters at York University, and I have completed my Bachelors in Zoology, Environmental Science, and Geography at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There I looked at how vegetation characteristics influence the reproductive success of female prairie voles. When I’m not doing science stuff, you can find me working on a collage or out looking for birds.