Undergraduate Research

Katie with her cat, Wolf.

Kathryne Durant.--Katie is student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology working on a joint B.S./M.S. degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Katie is working in collaboration with Laura Cisneros, Ryan Hall, Rachel Hyland, and Dr. Willig to investigate seasonal patterns of phyllostomid bat reproduction in Costa Rica. She plans to work in wildlife conservation, with the goal of doing fieldwork with mammals for an government agency such as the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Ryan with a white-bellied caique.

Ryan Hall.--Ryan is student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology working on a joint B.S./M.S. degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Ryan is working on multiple projects in the lab, including a collaboration with Laura Cisneros, Kathryne Durant, Rachael Hyland, and Dr. Willig to investigate seasonal patterns of phyllostomid bat reproduction in Costa Rica and a collaboration with Brian Klingbeil to develop species-specific acoustic recognizers for bird species of conservation concern in Connecticut. Ryan hopes to become an aviculturist, focusing on the general care of captive birds as well as the implementation of breeding programs to rear chicks in captivity. His ultimate goal is to become a curator in an aviculture program associated with a zoo or sanctuary.

 

 

 

Katie Abbot.--Katie received her Bachelor's degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In collaboration with Brian Klingbeil, Katie used statistical models to evaluate seasonal differences in habitat selection of three species of terrestrial gastropods from the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. Katie now works for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

 

Scott Adamson

Scott Adamson.--Scott is working on a Bachelor's degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In collaboration with Brian Klingbeil, Scott is developing species-specific acoustic recognizers for bird species of conservation concern in Connecticut. Scott aspires to become an environmental health and safety specialist or consultant for a private company. Environmental health and safety is a quickly evolving field that requires continual professional development and learning, which Scott hopes to take advantage of as a professional.

Rachael performing night-time field work in the rainforests of eastern Puerto Rico.

Rachael Hyland.--Rachael is working on a Bachelor's degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Rachael is working with Laura Cisneros, Kathryne Durant, Ryan Hall, and Dr. Willig to investigate seasonal patterns of phyllostomid bat reproduction in Costa Rica. Rachael is hoping to find a hands on job in field of conservation and has broad interests, leaving open the possibility of a number of career paths.

Jason conducting nocturnal surveys of invertebrates in Puerto Rican rainforest.

Jason Lech.--Jason recently graduated from UCONN with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in Molecular and Cell Biology. Jason participated in three field seasons in the Luquillo rainforest of Puerto Rico to assist with data collection for long term research projects on population dynamics of tropical invertebrates in response to anthroprogenic and natural disturbances. Jason also worked in collaboration with Brian Klingbeil to record bird and bat vocalizations in Connecticut forests and worked independently to create species-specific accoustic recognizers, which can automatically scan recordings to identify the presence of specific bird species at sites. Jason is currently working at a consulting company that specializes in lake management and limnological research and plans to pursue a graduate program in the near future working with either bird communities or lake systems.

 

 

 

Shane McNamara.--Shane is working on his Bachelor's degree in the Department of Natural Resources and the environment. Shane was funded by a research opportunities for undergraduates NSF award and worked on elevational patterns of phylogenetic diversity of gastropods at the Luquillo Mountains Long Term Ecological Research site. Shane hopes to volunteer in the Peace Corp before continuing on with graduate education.

 

 

 

 

Ekaterina Morozova.--Ekaterina is working toward a Bachelor's degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In collaboration with Brian Klingbeil, Ekaterina used acoustic recording data to evaluate the relationships between two species of insectivorous bat and variation in the composition and configuration of landscape in Connecticut.

 

Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts.--Christopher is working on a Bachelor's degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In collaboration with Brian Klingbeil, Christopher is developing species-specific acoustic recognizers for bird species of conservation concern in Connecticut.

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