Immersion Program Participants 2018-2019

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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.   





 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.




 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 Geography, Clark University
 MA Geography, Clark University
 MEsc Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
 BS Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermony

 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.





 Evan Fricke, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Biology, University of Washington
 BA Biology, Bowdoin College

 Current Research: The role of animals in mediating plant global change responses.







 Florian Gollnow, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Geography, Humboldt University
 BA Geography, Humboldt University

 Current Research: Evaluating Zero Deforestation





 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.




 Kelly Jones, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Nursing Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
 BS Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst
 BS Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

 Current Research: Climate and Health: What is the role of the neighborhood environment in children’s respiratory health outcomes?




 Lauren White, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
 BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

 Current Research: Integrating host movement, genomic, and spatial data to understand the effects of human-altered landscapes on pathogen spread.





 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.




 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.




 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).




 Quentin Read, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
 BS Environmental Science, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

 Current Research: Ecological impacts of food waste.



 Se Jong Cho, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Environmental Engineering and Management, Johns Hopkins
 MS Environmental Engineering and Science, Johns Hopkins Univerisity
 BS Civil Engineering,  Northwestern University

 Current Research: Evaluation and projection of global landcover change and impacts on water resources.


 Tijana Jovanovic, 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.





 Varsha Vijay, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Environmental Sciences, Duke University
 BS Environmental Sciences, Duke University

 Current Research: The Effectiveness of Protected Areas in Meeting Ecological and Socio-economic Goals of Conservation.





 Xavier Benito, SESYNC

 Degrees: PhD Aquatic Ecology, University Rovira & Virgili
 MS Physical Geography, University Rovira & Virgili
 BS Biology, University of Girona
 BS Environmental Sciences, University of Girona

 Current Research: Critical transitions in Andean Socio-Environmental systems.



 Lee Mordechai, SESYNC

 Degrees: Princeton University, PhD in History

 Hebrew University, M.A. in Clinical Psychology 
 Hebrew University, B.A. in History and Psychology

 Current Research: Cities and environment in late antique east Mediterranean.