2014 REU Students

2014 REU Students
  • Mauricio Barreto - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  •     Faculty Mentor: Fred Rainey
  • Bryan Box - University of Alaska Anchorage
  •     Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson
  • Marcus Burwell - Huntingdon College
  •     Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Stecyk
  • Chloe Cayabyab - University of Alaska Anchorage
  •     Faculty Mentor: Khrys Duddleston
  • Jessica Espinosa - Mount Holyoke College
  •     Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Burns
  • Anna Gudjonsdottir- Luther College
  •     Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson
  • Sara Hamilton - Bowdoin College
  •     Faculty Mentor: Paddy Sullivan
  • Morgan Manger - Georgetown University
  •     Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel
  • Catheryn Wilson - University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  •     Faculty Mentor: Khrys Duddleston & Jonathan Stecyk
  • Victor Zhang - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  •     Faculty Mentor: Loren Buck
     

    2013 REU Students

    REU 2013(web)
    • Alexandria (Allie) Dyer - Colgate University
    • Faculty Mentor: Khrys Duddleston
    • Ana-Gabriela (Ana Gaby) Herrera - University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Faculty Mentor: Miki Ii
    • Ellen Irwin - Dartmouth College 
    • Faculty Mentor: Dan Rinella
    • Teresa Liu - Bowdoin College
    • Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson
    • Kathryn Metzker - University of Miami
    • Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson
    • Kaitlynn Miller - Bowdoin College
    • Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker
    • Erin Oliver - Louisiana State University
    • Faculty Mentor: Fred Rainey
    • Jon Shero - MacDaniel College
    • Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Stecyk
    • Lauren Simonitis - University of Miami
    • Faculty Mentor: Jenn Burns
    • Kate Wilsterman - Bucknell
    • Faculty Mentor: Loren Buck
     

    2012 REU Students

    REU students 2012(web)

    • Kristin Cheney - University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
    • Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel 
    • Susan Gray - University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson
    • Alexander Krichels - Oberlin College, OH 
    • Faculty Mentor: Paddy Sullivan 
    • Caitlin Leach - University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
    • Faculty Mentor: Dan Rinella 
    • Katherine Litrell - Skidmore College, NY
    • Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel 
    • Lacy Merrill - Univeristy Alaska Anchorage
    • Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker 
    • Katie Robertson - North Carolina State University, NC
    • Faculty Mentor: Jenn Burns 
    • Brady Salli - University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Faculty Mentor: Loren Buck 
    • Devinn Sinnott - Ohio Wesleyan University, OH 
    • Faculty Mentor: Khrys Duddleston 
    • Patrick Succo - Fort Lewis College, CO 
    • Faculty Mentor: Jocelyn Krebs
    • Allison Zimont - Milwaukee School of Engineering, MI 
    • Faculty Mentor: Fred Rainey 

     

     

    2011 REU Students

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    • Brandon Baird - State University of New York, Stony Brook
      Lichen color and water relations

      Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson

    • Melanie Dufva - University of Florida
      Analysis of the gut microbiota of arctic ground squirrels and Alaska marmots: Development of 16s rMRNA clone libraries
      Faculty Mentor: Khrys Duddleston

    • Annie Farner - University of Michigan
      REU on Unimak: An analysis of caribou (Rangifer taradus) habitat at large and small scales (project completed with Martha Newell)
      Faculty Mentor: Don Spalinger         
    • William Harbour - Whitman College
      Knockdown of Williams Syndrome transcription factor (WSTF) affects mesoderm development in Xenopus laevis
      Faculty Mentor: Jocelyn Krebs
    • Brian Kramp - Alaska Pacific University
      High arctic riverine DOC and 14C
      Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker
    • Aaron Heaslet - University of Alaska Anchorage
      Developing intracellular tools for analyzing pcDNA3.1 ATP7B DsRed in HepG2 cells
      Faculty Mentor: Jason Burkhead

    • Beth Morrison - University of California Santa Cruz
      Mercury concentration in benthic versus limnetic morphotypes of threespine stickleback
      Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel

    • Martha Newell - Columbus State University
      REU on Unimak: An analysis of caribou (Rangifer taradus) habitat at large and small scales (project completed with Annie Farner)
      Faculty Mentor: Don Spalinger

    • Kathleen Robbins - University of North Carolina Wilmington|
      Hematological development in young Arctic Ground Squirrels:  a model for natural resistance to iron deficiency? 
      Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Burns

    • Jeff Skaza - Fitchburg State University
      Habitat associations of odonate communities on the Kenai Peninsula, AK, and implications on amphibian abnormalities
      Faculty Mentor: Dan Rinella 
     

    2010 REU STUDENTS

    REU 2010

    • Kerri Ackerly - Adelphi University
      Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel

    • Annie Brownlee - St. Olaf College
      Effects of spacial environmental heterogeneity of open-top (ITEX) chamber design for simulated climate change on cryptograms
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      Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson

    • Maggie Hepler - Colorado State University
      Faculty Mentor: Jason Burkhead

    • Amber Lewis - University of Alaska Anchorage
      The effects of snow depth on active layer in tussock tundra of northern Alaska
      Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker

    • Brian Lohman - University of Idaho 
      Prey Selection by Dragonfly Naiads Webstream

      Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel

    • Chris Payne - Saint Vincent College
      Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson

    • Brian Quinlan - University of Alaska Anchorage
      Comparative Analysis of the Gut Microbiota Between Arctic Ground Squirrels and Alaska Marmots  Webstream 

      Faculty Mentor: Khrys Duddleston

    • Grace Russell - Carleton College
      Biotic factors affecting wood frog (Rana sylvatica) morphology in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

      Faculty Mentor: Dan Bogan

    • Michelle Shero - St. Mary’s College of Maryland
      Post-molt condition of Weddell seals and links with overwinter diving behavior

      Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Burns
     

    2009 REU STUDENTS

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    • Bourke Betz - Wheaton College
      Environmental Awareness & Perception of Change in the Urban Waterways of Anchorage
      Faculty Mentors - Lilian Alessa & Andrew Kliskey

    • Samuel Cason - University of Alaska Anchorage
      The Effect of Chronic Stress on the Adrenal Cortex of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus)
      Faculty Mentor - David Pfeiffer

    • Allison Chan - Bowdoin College  
      Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson

    • Robert McNown - College of William and Mary
      Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson

    • Eian Prohl - University of New Hampshire   
      Faculty Mentor - Jeff Welker

    • Elaine Ramos - California State University   
      1)  Development of macroinvertebrate and diatom biological monitoring indices for wadeable streams
      2)  Yukon River Synoptic Survey, A Part of the U.S. EPA National Survey
      3)  A Pilot study to understand the history of a known nuisance diatom (Didymosphenia geminata)
      Faculty Mentors - Dan Bogan & Dan Rinella

    • Michelle Shero - St. Mary's College of Maryland    
      Ontogeny of muscle fiber composition and enzyme activities in Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus)
      Faculty Mentor - Jennifer Burns

    • Alice  Vislova - University of Minnesota  Dan Bogan & Rinnella
      Didymosphenia geminata habitat preferences and colonization patterns  of natural substrate in Campbell Creek, Anchorage, AK
      Faculty Mentors - Dan Bogan & Dan Rinella

    • Peter Wilton - Carleton College  Frank
      Anthropogenic disturbance and trophic feeding morphology of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in Southcentral Alaska
      Faculty Mentor- Frank von Hippel
     

    2008 REU STUDENTS

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    • Benjamin S. Cohen – Williams College 
      Expression Patterns of MRF4 in X. laevis
      Faculty Mentor: Timothy Hinterberger

    • Quiana Childress – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
      Regulation of the CUP1 gene by an antisense transcription
      Faculty mentor: Jocelyn Krebs

    • Heath Eggleston- Dakota Wesleyan University
      Microtopographic Controls on Treeline Advance in Noatak National Preserve, Alaska
      Faculty Mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson 

    • Ashley M. Fenn – Colorado State University
      Behavior and Home Range of the Arctic Ground Squirrel
      Faculty Mentor: C. Loren Buck

    • Brett Frazer – University of Alaska Anchorage|
      Grazing mediates tundra responses of ecosystem photosynthesis to warming: Carbon cycling biogeochemistry in west-central Greenland
      Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker

    • Ruth Heindel – Brown University
      Changes in Betula Nana Abundance and Growth Characteristics Due to Increases Snow Cover
      Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker

    • Elliott Kittel – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
      Unusual Stickleback Morphology on Adak Island, Alaska
      Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel

    • Ryan Langendorf – Bates College
    • Modeling Diving Patterns of Foraging Crabeater Seals(L. carcinophaga)
      Faculty Mentors: Jennifer Burns and Ward Testa

    • Leonardo E. Matthews – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
      The Recolonization of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in Salmonberry Pond
      Faculty Mentor: Frank von Hippel

    • Keith Miller – University of Central Michegan
      Evaluation of moose habitat using low-level aerial photography
      Faculty Mentor: Don Spalinger  
     

    2007 REU STUDENTS

    • Jon Van Ravenswaay – University of Alaska Anchorage
      Regulation of copper homeostasis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
      Faculty Mentor: Joceyln Krebs

    • Ashley Kehoe
      FTIR Investigation of Forage Digestibility
      Faculty Mentor: Don Spalinger 

    • Jayelene Duarte – University of Alaska Anchorage
      Effects of Long-term Stress on the Cetacean Adrenal Cortex
      Faculty Mentor: David Pfeiffer

    • Emma Coleman
      MRF4 Gene Expression in the Xenopus laevis Frog
      Faculty mentors: Tim Hinterberger and Frank von Hippel

    • Jeremy Chignell – University of Alaska Anchorage
      Changes in Betula nana Shrub Canopy Characteristics in
      Response to Increased Snow Depths at a Wet Acidic Tundra Site in the Alaska High Arctic

      Faculty mentor: Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson

    • Joel Cortes
      Kinetics of Forage Digestion in Fistulated Captive Moose
      (Alces alces)

      Faculty Mentor: Don Spalinger 

    • Heidi Kristensen
      Effects of experimental warming on CO2 fluxes in a high arctic prostrate dwarf-shrub/herb tundra ecosystemtal and Nat
      Faculty Mentor: Jeff Welker 

    • Alexandra Wright
      Pre-hibernation focal observations in free-living arctic ground squirrels
      Faculty Mentor: C. Loren Buck