Let the summer research begin!
As I enter the final summer semester of my PhD journey, I am so grateful to have 3 new undergraduate assistants!! These three awesome women will be helping me execute the last bits of research for my dissertation work looking at how predation risk influences the behavior and physiology of prey insects.
Below is a short blurb written to introduce these wonderful budding scientists (and one aspiring cyber security guru!). It will be a great summer of aphids, monarchs and so many arthropod predators!!!!
“I recently became interested in working with wildlife and registered for my second undergraduate degree at University of Delaware to study Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. As a (super) senior, my goal is to gain research experience through Sara that will be useful when continuing my academic career as a Master’s student where I see myself out in the field studying terrestrial vertebrate predator-prey relationships. When I am not studying wildlife, you will find me enjoying time with friends and family, hiking, kayaking, or binge-watching re-runs of The Office.”
find me on instagram: @wildlifebiologistdanielle
“I am a Cybersecurity major with minors in German and History. In my free time I like to hike, rock climb, read, and play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends. I wanted to get involved with the work Sara is doing this summer because I really love learning about things that are outside of my comfort zone, and I can still remember always looking for bugs when I was younger, so it just kind of made sense!”
“My name is Sydney Bird and I am a rising senior at Colgate University double majoring in Biology and Geography. My interests are mainly gene regulation, genetics, human-environment interactions, and the application of spatial analyses in these fields. I am hoping that this summer gives me an idea of whether I would like to continue with research as a career post graduation. In my free time I enjoy watching baseball, traveling, and reading.”