University of Vermont

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

Rubenstein Lab undergraduate students

Undergraduate Students

Current Undergraduates

  • Jake CalvittiJake Calvitti
    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.
  • Ryan CrossRyan Cross
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2014
    Ryan is testing the hypothesis that yellow perch growth rates in northern Lake Champlain have changed with the establishment of the non-native alewife. He is currently drafting a manuscript of his research for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Ryan is working with Mr. Bernie Pientka (VT Fish and Wildlife), Dr. Ellen Marsden, and Dr. Jason Stockwell.
  • Rachael DeWittRachael DeWitt
    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.
  • Becca DillonRebecca Dillon
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2015
    Becca volunteered in Dr. Jason Stockwell's lab, assisting with a stable isotope study. She then 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 is currently designing 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.
  • Megan EuclideMegan Euclide
    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.
  • Erin HullingerErin Hullinger
    Major: Environmental Sciences
    Graduation year: 2015
    Erin is conducting a modeling study to test the hypothesis that mussel aquaculture in Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain, could reduce phosphorous loads and improve water clarity. Erin is working with Dr. Jason Stockwell.
  • Frances IannucciFrances Iannucci
    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.
  • Jessica MailhotJessica Mailhot
    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 continues to assist various projects at the Rubenstein Laboratory.
  • Genevieve MellerGenevieve Meller
    Major: Environmental Sciences
    Graduation year: 2017
    Genevieve began working in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory during her first semester at UVM. She is working 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
    Major: Environmental Engineering
    Graduation year: 2015
    Baxter was a summer intern with the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change project in 2013 and is currently continuing his summer project through an internship in the department of Geology with Dr. Andrew Schroth. His work primarily focuses on the 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.
  • Tyler ParentTyler Parent
    Major: Wildife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2014
    Tyler is testing the hypothesis that habitat fragmentation, resulting from causeways built in Lake Champlain in the 1800s, has led to genetic differentiation of lake whitefish from Lake Champlain's main basin, Mallets Bay, and the Inland Sea. Tyler is working with Dr. Ellen Marsden and Dr. William Kilpatrick (Department of Biology).
  • Katie RitchieKatie Ritchie
    Major: Animal Sciences
    Graduation year: 2014
    Katie is testing the hy"othesis 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 completed her field work in October 2013. She is currently processing her samples. Katie is working with graduate student Trevor Gearhart, Dr. Jana Kraft (Animal Sciences), and Dr. Jason Stockwell.
  • Thornton RitzThornton Ritz
    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. Currently, Thornton is examining fish diets to couple fatty acid composition of fish with their prey.
  • Nick StrayerNick Strayer
    Major: Mathematics and Statistics
    Graduation year: 2015
    Nick is working 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 is also developing an optimal annual routine model to better understand why Mysis exhibit partial diel vertical migration. He is working with Peter, Dr. Stockwell, and UVM James Marsh Professor Dr. Sture Hansson on this second project.
  • Ben SzydlowskiBen Szydlowski
    Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
    Graduation year: 2017
    Ben is using a series of "mock" artificial reefs in the laboratory to determine the depth to which lake trout eggs will penetrate into interstitial spaces after spawning. This work with Dr. Ellen Marsden will contribute to understanding the vulnerability of eggs to predators and to damage by wave-generated turbulence, and sampling from the surface of the substrate.

Former Undergraduates

  • Suze BallSuze Ball
    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.
  • Reine FowajuhReine Fowajuh
    Major: Biology (University of Maryland Eastern Shore)
    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.
  • Chelsea MitchellChelsea Mitchell
    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.
  • Verónica Matta RosaVerónica Matta Rosa
    Major: Cell and Molecular Biology (Universidad Metropolitana, PR)
    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. 
  • Darren SchiblerDarren Schibler
    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.
  • Catie WielgaszCatie Wielgasz
    Major: Natural Resources (Castleton State College)
    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.

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