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Jamie Crait

Program Director, WRSP

Ag-C, Rm 5007

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: craitj@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Tabatha Spencer

Project Coordinator, UW Science Initiative

A&S Rm 152A

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4447

Email: tspence5@uwyo.edu

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2017-18 WYOMING RESEARCH SCHOLARS

Emily Armitage

Emily Armitage

 

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Biology

Emily is a UW senior and is working with Dr. Naomi Ward (Molecular Biology) on a project entitled "Exploring sterol function in the bacterium Gemmata obscriglobus."


Sarah Brannon

Sarah Brannon

 

Hometown: Westminster, MA

Major: Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management; Environment & Natural Resources

Sarah is a UW senior and has been working for the past two years with Dr. Corey Tarwater (Zoology and Physiology) researching the influence of changing rainfall, parental traits, and nest traits on parental care in tropical birds and how that may subsequently alter juvenile survival and recruitment. Over two summers, Sarah has spent four months in Panama helping to collect data at field sites.


Rebecca Brannon

Rebecca Brenner

 

Hometown: Harrisburg, NE

Major: Physiology

Rebecca is a UW junior and has been working with Dr. Baskaran Thyagarajan (School of Pharmacy) on a project exploring how TRPV1 activation enhances thermogenesis by increasing mitochondrial biogenesis in brown adipose tissue.


Delta Burchi

Delta Burchi

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Zoology & Physiology

Delta is a UW junior and is working with Dr. Travis Brown (School of Pharmacy) researching the "incubation of craving" phenomena that is thought to help explain why former substance abusers relapse, and also why those actively dieting can seem to "lose control" and binge even after positive results. They are working to better understand how genetic predispositions may play a role in these behaviors, as well as looking at differences in brain morphology (in areas related to these behaviors) between rats of different genetic backgrounds. 


Madison Crawford

Madison Crawford

 

Hometown: Newcastle, WY

Major: Botany

Madi is a UW Junior and has been working with Lusha Tronstad (WYNDD) and Delina Dority (Graduate Student) researching how wind turbine color effects insect populations, specifically pollinator populations. By researching the amount of insects that are attracted to wind turbine colors, Madi hopes to propose her results to land managers in order to help mitigate insect mortality rates at wind farms. 


Amanda Christensen

 

Hometown: Buford, WY

Major: Chemical Engineering

Amanda is a UW Freshman studying Chemical Engineering. She greatly enjoys the Wyoming outdoors. Her greatest areas of interest are medicine and cattle and she hopes to do research in one or both of these areas.


Thyme Cooke

 

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Zoology

Thyme is a UW senior working with Dr. Jacob Goheen (Zoology & Physiology) investigating links between hybridization and natural gas development for a mammalian species of conservation concern.


Olivia Croft

Olivia Croft

 

Hometown: Sundance, WY

Major: Secondary Education/Biological Science; Botany

Olivia is a UW sophomore researching with Dr. Amy Krist (Zoology and Physiology); her research is centered around the interactions between parasites and the freshwater snail, Pyrgulopsis idahoensis, in Polecat Creek in Grand Teton National Park. More specifically, Olivia is interested in how snail behavior in a temperature gradient may influence their infection rate by nematode parasites. Through this research, she hopes to better understand how climate change may influence parasitism of snails and thus the greater freshwater ecosystem.


Colton Curtis

 

Hometown: Meeteetse, WY

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management

Colton is a UW freshman. 


Ella DeWolf

Ella De Wolf

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Molecular Biology; Microbiology

Ella is a UW junior and has been working with Dr. Cynthia Weinig (Botany and Molecular Biology) for almost a year researching interactions between plants and soil microorganisms. Ella hopes to contribute to a better understanding of how plants influence their microbial communities and vise versa by analyzing secondary metabolite production, insect damage, and 16s sequencing of the rhizosphere micro biome.


Delta Burchi

Logan Eicholzer

 

Hometown: Liverpool, NY

Major: Double-majoring in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management and Environment & Natural Resources

Logan is a UW sophomore.


Logan Fairbourn

Logan Fairbourn

 

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Microbiology

Logan is a UW senior working with Ms. Rachel Watson (Molecular Biology), Dr. John Willford (Molecular Biology), and Dr. Jennifer Harmon (Family and Consumer Sciences) on an interdisciplinary project involving determining the fiber properties of bacterial cellulose and surmising application potentials as they relate to the textile industry.


Andrew Flaim

Andrew Flaim

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Geology

Andrew is a UW senior who has been working for the past year with Dr. Bryan Shuman (Geology and Paleoclimatology) studying controls on abrupt forest changes in the Snowy Range Mountains in Wyoming. The investigation uses charcoal, pollen, and oxygen isotopic records in two lake sediment cores from the Libby Flats plateau to better understand the relationships between major destructive events, such as fires, and past climatic shifts. This information will help highlight the potential for the coincidence of fires and climate change to alter forests over large areas today and in the near future.

 


Olivia Glassock

Olivia Glassock

 

Hometown: Buffalo, WY

Major: Physiology

Olivia is a UW sophomore who will be working with Dr. Guanglong He (School of Pharmacy).

 


Logan Jensen

Logan Jensen

 

Hometown: Greybull, WY

Major: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physics

Logan is a UW senior working with Dr. Michael Pierce (Physics & Astronomy) on analyzing data collected from the recent eclipse by the "Citizen CATE" experiment.

 


Lukas Lindquist

Lukas Lindquist

 

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Major: Zoology & Physiology

Lukas is a UW senior working with Dr. Ellen Currano (Botany and Geology).

 


Aylin McGough

Aylin McGough-Peker

 

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Major: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physics

Aylin is a UW sophomore who is studying expoplant photometry with Dr. Henry Kobulnicky (Physics & Astronomy).

 


Tyler Myers

Tyler Myers

 

Hometown: Sheridan, WY

Major: Chemistry

Tyler is a UW sophomore and is working with Dr. David Anderson (Physical Chemistry) researching the synthesis and characterization of titanium ethylene molecules at liquid helium temperatures and determining their ability to absorb hydrogen. Ultimately, this research will provide crucial information on the feasibility of using this complex as a clean alternative hydrogen fuel source.

 


Brittany Nordberg

Brittany Nordberg

 

Hometown: Cody, WY

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Management

Brittany is a UW senior working with Dr. Catherine Wagner (Botany) exploring the evolutionary history of Tanganyika's Nile perch species. 


Delta Burchi

Isabel Noyes

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Biology

Isabel is a UW freshman.

 


Kianna Olson

Kianna Olson

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physics


Kianna is a UW sophomore working with Dr. Michael Brotherton (Physics & Astronomy) on examining VLA data reduction.

 


Zachary Parsons

Zachary Parsons

 

Hometown: East Wenatchee, WA

Major: Zoology

Zachary is a UW junior and is working with Dr. Michael Dillon (Zoology and Physiology) researching how bumblebees fly at high elevations, where decreased air density makes flying more difficult, as well as how energetically expensive it is to do so. This knowledge will help predict range shifts of these crucial pollinators that may be forced to move to cooler areas when faced with warming temperatures.

 


Ryan Parziale

Ryan Parziale

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physics

Ryan is a UW junior and is working with Dr. Daniel Dale (Physics & Astronomy) researching star clusters in nearby galaxies.

 


Ashleigh Rhea

Ashleigh Rhea

 

Hometown: Dillon, MT

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Management 

Ashleigh is a UW senior working with Dr. Matt Carling (Zoology and Physiology) to test for correlations between immune function and cartenoid levels.

 


Tatiana Rice

Tatiana Rice

 

Hometown: Casper, WY

Major: Physiology

Tatiana Rice is a UW freshman and is working with Dr. Kara Pratt (Zoology & Physiology). As a member of the Pratt lab, she is studying the development of the Xenopus tadpole visual system, specifically the change in their response to visual stimuli at different times of the day.

 


Anna Savage

 

Hometown: Greybull, WY

Major: Environment Systems Science and Molecular Biology

Anna is a UW freshman who is working with Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai (Botany and WyGISC) on monitoring vegetation phenology using MODIS time-series satellite data.


Danielle Schurhammer

Danielle Schurhammer

 

Hometown: Plainview, MN

Major: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Physics

Danielle is a UW senior working with Dr. Adam Myers (Astronomy/Astrophysics) researching 'changing-look' quasars and how they change over time. Quasars are some of the most distant objects that we can see, which (in the context of astronomy) means they are some of the oldest. Studying quasars gives us an insight into the history of our Universe.

 


Veronica Spaulding

Veronica Spaulding

 

Hometown: North Folk, CA

Major: Chemistry

Veronica is a UW junior and is working with Dr. John Hoberg (Chemistry) to analyze nitrogenated crystalline organic frameworks.

 


Heather Townsend

Heather Townsend

 

Hometown: Douglas, WY

Major: Biology

Heather is a UW junior.

 


Narisse Trippel

Narisse Trippel

 

Hometown: Worland, WY

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Narisse is a UW sophomore and is working with Dr. Erica Belmont (Mechanical Engineering)

 


Kasey Trotter

Kasey Trotter

 

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Major: Chemistry

Kasey is a UW senior working with Dr. Peter Thorsness (Molecular Biology).

 


Joshua Walmsley

Joshua Walmsley

 

Hometown: Douglas, WY

Major: Chemistry

Joshua is a UW junior working with Dr. Caleb Hill (Chemistry) using measurements at individual nanoparticles to screen catalysts for water-splitting reactions.

 


Jacob Williams

 

Hometown: Centennial, WY

Major: Chemistry; Mathematics; Statistics

Jacob is a UW junior working with Dr. Bryan Shader (Mathematics and Statistics) investigating questions toward novel insights in discrete tomographic theories and algorithms. Discrete tomography is a field of mathematics which studies the reconstruction of images from limited information about them; it has applications in fields such as medical imaging and scientific microscopy.


Elizabeth Wirsching

Elizabeth Wirsching

 

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management


Elizabeth is an Air Force veteran and UW senior who is working with Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai (Botany and WyGISC) and Dr. Greg Brown (Botany) on a pilot project researching the viability of using Unmanned Arial Vehicles (drones) for close up image collection within complicated flying conditions (i.e. forest canopies) as well as under different lighting conditions and look angles. A rating system is used to determine the quality of images created under these conditions for use in studies.

 


Sarah Wurzel

Sarah Wurzel

 

Hometown: Powell, WY

Major: Biology; Spanish

Sarah is a UW senior working with Dr. Lusha Tronstad (Zoology & Physiology) investigating the effects of spraying mosquitos on macroinvertebrates in Spring Creek, Laramie, WY. 

 


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Jamie Crait

Program Director, WRSP

Ag-C, Rm 5007

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: craitj@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Tabatha Spencer

Project Coordinator, UW Science Initiative

A&S Rm 152A

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4447

Email: tspence5@uwyo.edu

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