Meet the Lab
Utah Valley University
Project Title: How Do Environmental Stressors Affect Mutualistic Relationships in Thatch Ants
Chloe is an NSF STEM Biology Scholar at Utah Valley University working towards her BS in Biology. Her primary interests lie in earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences–particularly as it applies to environmental sustainability. She also has interests in the aquatic ecosystems and ice-ocean-climate interactions. Following her undergraduate program, her goal is to pursue a graduate degree relating to conservation science and sustainable ecosystems.
Project: Maternal effects on consistency in offspring behavior
Tessa is a junior at Utah Valley University pursuing a B.S. in Biology. Her interests are primarily in evolutionary biology and how evolutionary histories affect species’ current reactions to the environment. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school and potentially pursue a PhD. She is currently a teaching assistant for BIOL 1010 and a medical assistant in primary care.
Project: Ant microbiome comparison within thatch ants to analyze bacterial influence on behavior
I am a senior at Utah Valley University, pursuing a B.S. in Biology while working towards attending medical school after graduation. Some of my educational pursuits while at UVU include being the president of UVU's Pre-Students of Osteopathic Medical Association Club, volunteering with the UVU athletic training department physicians and athletes, co-founding a medical humanitarian service club at UVU called The Medical Brigades at UVU, and interning with a local non-profit organization called Encircle to provide mental health resources, safe spaces, and support to LGBTQ+ youth, adults, and their families! My personal interests include walking & hiking with my wife and dog, skiing, eating yummy food, and traveling!
Naghieli is currently a senior at Utah Valley University working towards her B.S. in Biology. She is primarily interested in the ecological and zoological aspects of science. She hopes to pursue a career in wildlife conservation by providing reliable scientific data that can impact and promote effective decision making for conservation. She is currently working on analyzing dolphin behavior in response to dredging in the Charleston Harbor.
Project: Photo ID of Chaleston dolphins and the effects of dredging on dolphin behavior in the Charleston Harbor.