Bryan Costa playing with dolphins after collecting data describing the seafloor in Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. As a Geospatial Scientist contracted to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Biogeography Branch, Bryan Costa has worked for the last 5 years to map, monitor and model the physical and biological processes of marine regions and coral reef ecosystems in the coastal waters, territories and flag islands of the United States. For more information on the Biogeography Branch, please see the following URL: https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/centers/ccma
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Plant Biology students at a quaking bog
Plant Biology students at quaking bog, Fall 2014
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This is a fluorescently labeled cell in the hippocamppus showing the protein Ki67, which a marker of cell proliferation.
Dr. Carroll will chronicle the adventures of Jacques Monod, a co-founder of molecular biology, from the dark years of the German occupation of Paris to the heights of the Nobel Prize, his friendship with the great writer Albert Camus, and his emergence as a public figure and leading voice of science. The lecture will be a synthesis of science, history, and literature. Dr. Carroll will also deal with denialism of two of the biggest ideas in biology, as effectively confronted by the lead character Monod
Caitlin Hicks getting her PhD 2012, University of Florida, Gainesville where she studied the response of soil and plant carbon to climate change in the Alaskan tundra. She's now headed to California: has a post doc at the Dept of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, California where she will be studying the vulnerability of soil carbon to climate change.
After a post-graduation adventure spent teaching in Morocco, Lauren has begun her graduate studies at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her Masters in Environmental Management research focuses on the geopolitical implications and environmental impacts of climate change in the Middle East and North Africa. She spent last summer with Darwin's turtles on the Galapagos Islands and will be on a Tanzanian safari after conducting her summer research in Algeria and Lebanon, inshallah! She still spends her days speaking four languages while learning about international environmental development and marathon training.
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The sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus has always been assumed to be an introduced parasite in Lake Champlain, but recent genetic evidence suggests they may be native. Utilizing molecular and population genetic techniques, and the department's DNA sequencer, Cassidy’s data show the likelihood of multiple changes in the sea lamprey population over the past 200 years, with population size rapidly decreasing about 150 years ago, and more recently, expanding.
Kyle's undergraduate thesis combined field and genetic techniques by collecting blood and tissue samples from endangered rat snakes and sequencing the mitochondrial marker in order to understand the species’ post-glacial migration into New York and Vermont. After graduation he married Liz Rolerson ('03), and studied molecular ecology at UC Irvine. Currently he is enrolled in a Masters of Architecture program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture focusing in prefabrication, passive design, and efficiency.
I completed my Master’s in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town, then worked in Tanzania for a conservation/environmental education NGO, tracking large and small mammals, conducting bird surveys and more! Back in the U.S. I’ve been a wildlife biology intern in remote northeastern Montana, and continued my sage-grouse work tracking winter habitat in Colorado’s Yampa Valley for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It’s been quite an adventure, and my thanks go out to Middlebury and all the exceptional faculty of the biology and environmental studies departments who helped to send me on my way!
Caitlin Littlefield (Environmental Studies-Conservation Biology) at work in UVM's Carbon Dynamics Lab. She went on to receive an M.S. in Natural Resources Forestry from the University of Vermont, and currently works as a forest analyst in the Burlington area.
Moria Robinson '12, and E.O. Wilsonat the ATBI Conference, April 2012. Moria was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). In addition to three years of funding and an annual stipend, the Fellowship offers international research and collaboration opportunities. Moria begins her PhD in Fall ’12 at U.C. Davis, in the Population Biology program, in the lab of Dr. Sharon Strauss. Moria is a talented photographer and artist, as well as scientist.
After graduating in 2003, I worked as a CRA and then as a tech in the Spatafora Lab. In 2006 I married Kyle (!) and began a PhD program at UC Irvine, but at the end of that year we moved to Portland with eleven other Midd grads, all eager for some re-assessment. After two amazing years almost all of us ended up heading back to business schools, med schools, masters and PhD programs. Kyle and I both started a masters program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and I am loving it! I didn't take any architecture as an undergrad, but I've consistently felt that Middlebury has equipped me incredibly well for my graduate work, both in Biology and in Architecture
Phil Higuera, who graduated with a double biology-geology major back in 1998 (and wrote a thesis on avalanche disturbances in the Adks) is now an assistant professor of forestry at the University of Idaho.
Hilary Eisen is at the University of Montana working on a Master's degree in wildlife biology. She grew up in Billings, MT and ventured to Middlebury, VT for college, completing a joint degree in biology and environmental studies in 2006. Hilary has worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and before that, spent her summers working on Forest Service trail crews and as a wilderness ranger in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness, and her winters assisting with wildlife research in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
Dr. Engle is Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School. Her work has been recognized by multiple high-profile publications and by receipt of multiple honors, including the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics from the Society for Pediatric Research, the Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology and a Research Award for Vision from the Alcon Institute.
After graduating Lauren continued her research on carbon dynamics at Harvard University and led summer field studies programs in Costa Rica. In fall 2011 she moved to North Africa and is now a Teaching Intern at the American School in Fez. Lauren shares her love for Biology, Environmental Studies and Spanish with her Moroccan students while pursuing her interest in sustainability issues abroad. She spends her days speaking four languages, exploring the fine art of teaching, and applying to graduate programs for next year.
L to R: George B. Saul II, Christopher Watters, (Dr.) Elizabeth Engle, and Tom Root. The photo was taken following Dr. Engle's thesis defense in 1980. She went on to receive her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is currently Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and at Children's Hospital Boston, she is a member of the Departments of Neurology, Ophthalmology and Medicine (Genetics).
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