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.

Marina Goldgisser

I am interested in ecosystem ecology, spatial ecology, and environmental justice. As a former secondary science teacher, my passion was in connecting young adults to nature. Catch me exploring the outdoors, cuddling my cats, or beating my little cousins at Super Smash Bros.

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.

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.

About lortie

ecologist. runner.

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