University of Vermont

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

Rubenstein Lab undergraduate students

Undergraduate Students

Current Undergraduates

  • Bethany AlgerBethany Alger
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2016
    Bethany is currently assisting on a Limnology project on Shelburne Pond. She filters water samples and prepares settling chambers of phytoplankton from the weekly samplings. Bethany, in the future, will be identifying and counting phytoplankton from Shelburne Pond. Bethany is working with Dr. Jason Stockwell as a work study.
  • Levi BrownLevi Brown
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2016
    Levi is assisting graduate student Carrie Kozel with her research focused on lake trout foraging ecology in Lake Champlain and thiamine deficiency in lake trout fry. He spends his time transferring and sampling fry, processing lake trout caught from bottom trawls, and identifying the contents of lake trout stomachs.
  • Jake CalvittiJake Calvitti
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2017
    Jake is working on a research project that compares the fatty acid composition of pelagic- and benthic-caught Mysis diluviana from different parts of Lake Champlain. Jake is working with Dr. Jana Kraft (Animal Sciences), UVM James Marsh Professor Dr. Sture Hansson (Stockholm University), and Dr. Jason Stockwell.
    • Rachael DeWittRachael DeWitt
      Institution: University of Vermont
      Major: Environmental Sciences
      Graduation year: 2016
      Rachael was a volunteer in Dr. Jason Stockwell’s lab her first year at UVM, assisting with a stable isotope study. She used that experience to land a summer technician position at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she worked on a team of graduate students conducting fisheries assessments and plant surveys on Onondaga Lake. Rachael is currently working on a genetics study of the opossum shrimp Mysis diluviana with Dr. Matthew Wargo (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics), UVM James Marsh Professor Dr. Sture Hansson (Stockholm University), and Dr. Jason Stockwell.
    • Margot GagnonMargot Gagnon
      Institution: University of Vermont
      Major: Biological Sciences
      Graduation year: 2017
      Margot helps collect and process water samples from Shelburne Pond and use the FlowCam to look at phytoplankton. She is working on her honors thesis project, which will examine colony size of phytoplankton and abiotic factors in their environment.
    • Jessie GordonJessie Gordon
      Institution: University of Vermont
      Major: Environmental Sciences
      Graduation year: 2017
      Jessie is working with Brian O'Malley to study the characteristics of Mysis diel vertical migration. She is processing Mysis samples from Lake Champlain to help compile a demographic assessment of size, age, sex, and reproduction patterns and distributions.
    • Haley GrigelHaley Grigel
      Institution: University of Vermont
      Major: Environmental Sciences, concentration: Water Resources
      Graduation year: 2017
      Haley began volunteer work for Jason Stockwell in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab in fall of 2014, quantifying and identifying phytoplankton in water samples from Missisquoi Bay and Shelburne Pond. She is doing her honors college thesis research in the Rubenstein Lab, looking at phytoplankton vertical distribution under ice in Shelburne Pond over a 24-hour period. Haley will also work at the lab for the summer of 2016.
    • Frances IannucciFrances Iannucci
      Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
      Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
      Graduation year: 2015
      Frances was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2012. Since then, she has conducted research on the world’s largest salmonid, taimen (Hucho taimen), in Mongolia (See Rubenstein School story) and is currently developing a research project to examine the impacts of cyanobacteria blooms on fish metabolism.
    • Hannah ListerHannah Lister
      Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
      Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, concentration: Fisheries Biology
      Graduation year: 2018
      Hannah is studying zooplankton in Shelburne Pond under ice. She has also worked on nutrient analyses and phytoplankton samples on Shelburne Pond.
    • Kevin MelmanKevin Melman
      Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
      Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
      Graduation year: 2018
      At the lab, Kevin helps with counting Mysis diluviana either in a dish or in footage. His own research involves comparing sampling methods of Mysis at the bottom of the lake, including benthic sled tows and benthic camera footage. He really likes working with the camera footage because it's a somewhat novel sampling method in the field, and it feels great to be part of a lab that has access to that technology
    • Elise MitchellElise Mitchell
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      Elise is studying the food web dynamics of Daphnia mendotae and phytoplankton in Shelburne Pond using fatty acids as a biomarker. She works with Dr. Jason Stockwell, PhD candidate Trevor Gearhart, and Dr. Jana Kraft (animal science).
    • Brad RoyBrad Roy
      Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
      Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Geospatial Technologies minor
      Graduation year: 2016
      Outmigration of transformer stage sea lamprey into Lake Champlain and Shelburne Pond limnology
    • Grace ScorpioGrace Scorpio
      Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School and Honors College
      Major: Environmental Sciences, concentration: Water Resources
      Graduation year: 2017
      In the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, Grace is studying the rotifer populations of Shelburne Pond.
    • John TruongJohn Truong
      Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
      Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
      Graduation year: 2016
      John's work in the lab consists of running various samples from Shelburne Pond through the Flowcam, a machine that photographs plankton flowing past the camera. After running the samples he is also responsible for sorting and classifying the phytoplankton images captured by the Flowcam.
    • Pascal WilkinsPascal Wilkins
      Institution: University of Vermont
      Major: Biological Sciences
      Graduation year: 2016
      Pascal is working on a research project studying foraging rates of Mysis diluviana in the presence of different benthic and pelagic predator kairomones. He is currently drafting a manuscript of his research for submission to several scientific journals. Pascal is working with Brian O’Malley and Dr. Jason Stockwell.

Former Undergraduates

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2015
  • Ashley BreenAshley Breen
    Institution: Castleton State College
    Ashley was a NEWRnet intern studying change in carbon quality across land use types.
  • Becca DillonRebecca Dillon
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2015
    Becca volunteered in Dr. Jason Stockwell's lab, assisting with a stable isotope study. She went on to participate in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences where she constructed her own remotely operated vehicle. Becca designed a research project using high-definition video to examine the behavior of the opossum shrimp Mysis diluviana and slimy sculpin on the bottom of Lake Champlain.
  • Barbara FravalBarbara Fraval
    Institution: Universidad Metropolitana
    Barbara was an EPSCoR RACC intern studying resource limitation in Lake Champlain.
  • Gabe LeMayGabe LeMay
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Gabe was a NEwRnet intern studying nutrient dynamics during storm events and baseflow across land use type.
  • Miranda MadridMiranda Madrid
    Institution: University of Notre Dame
    Miranda was an EPSCoR RACC intern studying lake sediment phosphorus dynamics.
  • Jessica MailhotJessica Mailhot
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Environmental Sciences
    Graduation year: 2016
    Jess was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 where she assisted graduate student Peter Isles in maintaining and analyzing high-frequency sensor data in Missisquoi Bay, and identifying and assessing phytoplankton and zooplankton samples using FlowCAM. Prior to her internship, Jess worked with Dr. Jason Stockwell to process tissue samples for stable isotope analyses and continued to assist various projects at the Rubenstein Laboratory.
  • Genevieve MellerGenevieve Meller
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Environmental Sciences
    Graduation year: 2017
    Genevieve began working in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory during her first semester at UVM. She worked with graduate student Peter Isles comparing methods of identifying and quantifying lake phytoplankton and investigating the dynamics of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain.
  • Baxter MiatkeBaxter Miatke
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Environmental Engineering
    Graduation year: 2015
    Baxter was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 and continued his summer project through an internship in the department of Geology with Dr. Andrew Schroth. His work focused on delivery of sediment and nutrients from the Missisquoi Watershed to Missisquoi Bay in Lake Champlain. Baxter's project generated preliminary estimates of phosphorus, nitrogen, and total suspended solids loads at multiple locations within the Missisquoi Watershed during the 2012-2013 field seasons.
  • Nemesis OrtizNemesis Ortiz
    Institution: University of Puerto Rico
    Nemesis was an EPSCoR RACC intern studying storm impacts on lake dynamics.
  • Annie ProcacciniAnnie Procaccini
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Annie assisted graduate student Tori Pinheiro in her acoustic telemetry research (C.A.T.O.S) with data input and fish surgery to determine the probability of detection of acoustic tags and the spawning habitat of lake trout and habitat fragmentation of fish species in Lake Champlain. She also worked with Dr. Ellen Marsden, studying lake trout spawning in Yellowstone Lake. Annie also worked with Dr. Jason Stockwell’s research in Shelburne Pond, running nitrate and nitrite tests to determine the effects of hypertrophy on their concentrations throughout the water column.
  • Christine SandbachChristine Sandbach
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Christine was an EPSCoR RACC intern studying zooplankton ecology.
  • Nick StrayerNick Strayer
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Mathematics and Statistics
    Graduation year: 2015
    Nick worked with graduate student Peter Euclide and Dr. Jason Stockwell to test the hypothesis that the opossum shrimp Mysis diluviana, an important macroinvertebrate in deep, cold lakes, has declined across the Great Lakes over the past decade. Nick also developed an optimal annual routine model to better understand why Mysis exhibit partial diel vertical migration. He worked with Peter, Dr. Stockwell, and UVM James Marsh Professor Dr. Sture Hansson on this second project.
  • Jeremy TaylorJeremy Taylor
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Jeremy was an EPSCoR RACC intern studying storm impacts on river discharge in Missisquoi Bay on Lake Champlain.
2014
  • Ryan CrossRyan Cross
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2014
    Ryan tested the hypothesis that yellow perch growth rates in northern Lake Champlain have changed with the establishment of the non-native alewife. Ryan worked with Mr. Bernie Pientka (VT Fish and Wildlife), Dr. Ellen Marsden, and Dr. Jason Stockwell.
  • Edwin GonzalezEdwin Gonzalez
    Institution: Universidad del Turabo
    Edwin was a REU student studying impact of habitat fragmentation on Lake Champlain fishes.
  • Evan NathanEvan Nathan
    Institution: Skidmore College
    Evan was a REU student studying cyanobacteria impacts on aquatic food webs.
  • Monisha SuglaMonisha Sugla
    Institution: University of Rutgers
    Monisha was a REU student studying impact of zooplankton diel vertical migration on community metabolism.
  • Nathan TillotsonNathan Tillotson
    Institution: Murray State University
    Nathan was a REU student studying effects of quagga mussels on zebra mussels.
2013
  • Megan EuclideMegan Euclide
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Environmental Sciences
    Graduation year: 2015
    During summer 2013, Megan worked in Dr. Ellen Marsden's lab dissecting larval lake trout stomachs from Lakes Huron and Champlain and identifying diet content. Results from Megan's internship will be used to test the hypothesis that larval lake trout are nutrient-limited in these two systems.
  • Reine FowajuhReine Fowajuh
    Institution: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Major: Biology
    Graduation year: 2015
    Reine was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 where she assisted Dr. Courtney Giles (post-doc), Dr. Andrew Schroth (Geology), and graduate student Peter Isles in research on the spatial distribution of phosphorus and metals in the sediments of Missisquoi Bay (Lake Champlain) and the use of reactive phosphorus fractions for identifying periods of internal phosphorus loading in the bay.
  • Verónica Matta RosaVerónica Matta Rosa
    Institution: Universidad Metropolitana, PR
    Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
    Graduation year: 2014
    Verónica was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 where she assisted Dr. Courtney Giles (post-doc), Dr. Yaoyang Xu (post-doc), and graduate student Peter Isles in research on the spatial variability of water quality and nutrient concentrations in the surface water of Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain. 
  • Tyler ParentTyler Parent
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2014
    Tyler Tyler worked with Dr. Ellen Marsden and Dr. Bill Kilpatrick in the Biology Department to study genetic consequences of habitat fragmentation on lake whitefish in Lake Champlain.
  • Katie RitchieKatie Ritchie
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Animal Sciences
    Graduation year: 2014
    Katie tested the hypothesis that there is a negative relationship between cyanobacteria blooms and essential fatty acids in fish. Cyanobacteria have low essential fatty acids and may represent a trophic "dead end” because of their poor nutritional value. Katie sampled four different sites in Lake Champlain and in Shelburne Pond and processed her samples in the Lab. She worked with graduate student Trevor Gearhart, Dr. Jana Kraft (Animal Sciences), and Dr. Jason Stockwell.
  • Thornton RitzThornton Ritz
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2014
    Thornton was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 where he assisted graduate student Trevor Gearhart to test how fatty acids move through the food web before, during, and after cyanobacteria blooms. He also examined fish diets to couple fatty acid composition of fish with their prey.
  • Darren SchiblerDarren Schibler
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Environmental Sciences
    Graduation year: 2014
    Darren was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 where he assisted Dr. Andrew Schroth (Geology) to assess metals and dissolved organic carbon in Missisquoi Bay and its surrounding watershed.
  • Ben SzydlowskiBen Szydlowski
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2017
    Ben worked on a research project with Dr. Ellen Marsden to determine how far lake trout eggs settle into rocky reefs, to evaluate optimal design of artificial reefs and quality of natural reefs for protecting eggs from predators.
  • Catie WielgaszCatie Wielgasz
    Institution: Castleton State College
    Major: Natural Resources
    Graduation year: 2016
    Catie was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 where she assisted Dr. Andrew Schroth (Geology) in research on watershed nutrient and metal fluxes. She studied the magnitude and temporal distribution of nutrient and metal loads to Lake Champlain from the Missisquoi River system.
2012
  • Suze BallSuze Ball
    Institution: University of Vermont Rubenstein School
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2013
    Suze conducted a research project that compared the dynamics of the opossum shrimp Mysis diluviana in Lake Champlain in 2012 to a study conducted in 1975. She hypothesized that Mysis populations declined since the 1970s because of flux of invasive species into the lake since that time. Suze’s manuscript for this research, with co-authors Dr. Jason Stockwell and Dr. Timothy Mihuc and Mr. Luke Meyers (SUNY Plattsburgh), is currently in review at the Journal of Great Lakes Research. After graduating, Suze was hired as the deckhand for the R/V Melosira for the 2013 field season.
  • Chelsea MitchellChelsea Mitchell
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Biology
    Graduation year: 2013
    Using stable isotope analyses, Chelsea tested the hypothesis that observed partial diel vertical migration of the opossum shrimp Mysis diluviana was a result of fixed behavior versus plastic behavior. Her research was conducted with Dr. Jason Stockwell and Dr. Andrea Lini (Geology). A manuscript of Chelsea’s research is expected to be submitted to a peer-reviewed scientific journal by May 2014.
  • Hannah RicknerHannah Rickner
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major:
    Graduation year: 2012
2011
  • Molly MorrisseyMolly Morrissey
    Institution: University of Vermont
    Major: Biology
    Graduation year: 2012
    Mysis DVM

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