Immersion Program Participants 2017-2018

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Bianca Lopez, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  
BA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

Current Research: Benefits of urban green spaces.  



Billy Hall, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
BS Liberal Studies, Florida International University  

Current Research: Long-Term Socio-Environmental Dynamics of Urban Segregation.   


Ginger Allington, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, Saint Louis University
BA  Biology & Environmental Studies, Sarah Lawrence College   

Current Research: Developing a new framework for mapping and modeling land cover change in arid rangelands.


Chris Field, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
MS Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, University of Connecticut
BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

Current Research: Integrating social, ecological, and evolutionary factors to improve understanding of tidal marsh ecosystem responses to sea-level rise. 


Colin Carlson, SESYNC 

Degrees: PhD Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley
MS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

Current Research: Network models for emerging infectious disease.


Elizabeth Daut, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Veterinary Pathobiology/Applied Biodiversity Science, Texas A&M
DVM, Cornell University
BS Biology, Virginia Tech   

Current Research: Disease risk facing native U.S. wildlife associated with the importation of exotic animals for the pet industry; evaluation of mitigation strategies.


Jessica Gephart, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Environmental Science, University of Virginia
BA Zoology, Miami University  

Current Research: Seafood supply-demand modeling to link environmental and policy changes to food security in select African nations.


Maia Call, SESYNC 

Degrees: PhD Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current Research: Climate, migration and gender in Asia: Unexplored Intersections.


Dean Hardy, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Integrative Conservation & Geography (Certificate GIScience), University of Georgia
MS Ecology, University of Georgia
BS Marine Sciences, Ecology, and Biology (Minor: Anthropology), University of Georgia

Current Research: Examining how landscape histories and futures, measured via changing sociocultural and ecological conditions, affect vulnerability to flooding in coastal communities, particularly sea-level rise.


Dexter Locke, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD (candidate) Geography, Clark University
MA Geography, Clark University
MEsc Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
BS Environment and Natural Resources

Current Research: The relationship among taxonomic, phylogenetic, and trait diversity of New World terrestrial vertebrates and how it may be impacted by future global change.


Nate Jones, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
BS Biological Engineering, University of Arkansas

Current research: Hydrologic Connectivity in Wetland Dominated Headwater Catchments.


Rob Rankin, SESYNC  

Degrees: PhD Biological Sciences, Murdoch Univeristy University
MS Biology, Lund University
BS Environmental Science, Simon Fraser University

Current Research: Population Biology and Social Networks of Bottlenose Dolphins.


Tijana Jovanovik, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Pennsylvania State University
MS Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
BS Civil Engineering,  University of Belgrade

Current Research: High resolution land cover data set developed for Puget Sound and Chesapeake Watersheds.


Phillip Staniczenko, SESYNC

Degrees: DPhil Condensed Matter Physics, University of Oxford
MPhys Physics, University of Oxford

Current Research: The effect of deforestation and urbanization on ecological networks representing interactions between species in a community (e.g., food webs, plant–pollinator, and host–parasitoid networks).


Chris Trisos, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Zoology, University of Oxford
Masters in Integrative Bioscience, University of Oxford
BS Honours Botany, University of Cape Town
BS Ecology and Economics, University of Cape Town   

Current Research: Using phylogenies and citizen science data to estimate rates of colonization and local extinction to understand why some species in the genus Protea are more resilient to environmental change.


Albert Ruhi Vidal, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Ecology, University of Girona (Spain)
Interuniversity M.S. (DEA) Fundamental and Applied Ecology, University of Girona, CEAB‑CSIC, and University of Barcelona (Spain)
BS Biology, University of Girona (Spain)

Current Research: Footprint of streamflow regulation by dams on hydrologic alteration and freshwater biodiversity patterns in the U.S., and how dams may be re-operated to maximize social and ecological resilience in the face of global change.



Morgan Grove, U.S. Forest Service and SESYNC

Research Scientist, US Forest Service, and Social Scientist in Residence, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Social Ecology, Yale University
M. Phil,  Social Ecology, Yale University
M.F.S, Community Forestry, Yale University

BA Architecture and Studies in the Environment, Yale University

Cynthia Wei, SESYNC

Associate Director of Education, SESYNC

Degrees: PhD Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University
BA Biology, Cornell University