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Joanna I. Lumbsden-Pinto- SUNY ESF

Joanna’s major research interest lies in studying the interaction between ecosystem dynamics and the effects of both anthropogenic activities and climate change. She seeks to understand how this interaction impacts the resilience and adaptability of forests and the implications it carries for their management and restoration. Her curiosity drives her to explore such topics with the aim of developing sustainable…

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Emea Okorafor Ude- TU Berlin

Emea’s research interests revolve around a detailed study of anaerobic microbial transformations, with a specific focus on bacteria, archaea, and their responses to the environment. These responses include antibiotic resistance, environmental interactions, and protein biochemistry. He also explores the connections between the activities of these organisms and various omics disciplines, such as genomics and proteomics. Equipped with extensive knowledge and…

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Gene Estrada- University of Michigan

 Gene holds a broad interest in primate ecology and behavior. His current research endeavors center around uncovering the ecological factors that influence terrestrial behavior in predominantly arboreal primates. Specifically, he is investigating the impact of physical forest structure, predator presence, fruit availability, and weather on the timing and location of primate ground descents at Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesian Borneo….

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Elliot Cameron- Oregon State University

Elliot enjoyed a fulfilling eight-year teaching career, educating high school students about environmental science. However, driven by a strong desire to align their career with their passions, he decided to pursue his childhood dreams of working in wildlife conservation. Currently enrolled as a student at Oregon State University, he is actively pursuing a Master of Science degree. Elliot’s research focuses…

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Elisabeth A Maxwell UofMaine

Elisabeth recently graduated from the dual-degree masters program through the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. Her research focused on the soft-shell clam industry, which is one of Maine’s most valuable commercial marine fisheries. More broadly, Elisabeth is interested in fisheries management, sustainable resource use, wildlife conservation, and ocean exploration. She is an experienced scientific diver and recently started training with her dog, Athena, to learn how to run agility courses. 

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Alissa J. Brown UNC Chapel Hill

For her PhD work, Alissa has been analyzing mapped forest plots to determine what factors are most important in predicting conspecific negative density dependence in temperate forests. When she’s not coding in R, Alissa is trying to take steps to reduce harmful power dynamics and harassment in research labs.

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Kelsey E. Fisher IowaState

Kelsey Fisher is a PhD student in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. Kelsey’s project, “Tracking Monarch Butterflies Through the Iowa Landscape Utilizing an Automated Radio Telemetry System,” researches how monarch butterflies are utilizing the fragmented landscape to support the establishment of biological guidelines for habitat restoration.

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Melinda Martinez NCState

Melinda Martinez is a PhD student in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at North Carolina State University. Currently her research focuses on detecting early warning signs of alternative stable states in coastal forested wetlands along Albemarle Pamlico Peninsula.

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Dulcinea Groff UofMaine

Dulcinea Groff is a PhD candidate in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maine as well as a fellow of the IGERT: Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change program.

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