QuEST welcomes both incoming and returning trainees to campus! The traineeship is all about engaging in community building, peer-to-peer mentoring, and interest group networks. Activities like the UVM Ropes course begins the collaboration across disciplines. The graduate students attend a weekly seminar where they are learning how the use of improv can bridge communication across the sciences. They have also identified three research areas (i.e., climate change predictions, disease – epidemiology, socio-environmental) and are working together determining three guest speakers who will visit campus to conduct 90-minute workshops and lectures.
Advisor: Taylor Ricketts
Hobbies: Reading, running, outdoor activities
Advisor: Melissa Pespeni
Lab website: Pespeni Lab ~ Ecological Genomics
Research Interests: Evolution and adaptation to global climate change, marine biology, ecological genomics, microbiome
Hobbies: Skiing, climbing, running, biking - really anything outdoors; aquariums, dogs, cats and all animals, playing guitar
Advisor: Brian Beckage
Research Interests: Forest modeling, climate change, human behavior, and forest composition/ecology; interested in how these and other biotic and abiotic drivers impact mycorrhizal networks and their role in forest systems.
Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, cross country skiing, hanging with cat, Daisy, love Cabot cheese, snow, wildflowers, the LGBTQIA+ community, sunshine, climate legislation, animals, and mountains
Advisor: Jason Stockwell
Lab website: Stockwell Laboratory; Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory
Research Interests: Freshwater ecology, food webs, invasive species ecology, ecosystem function, environmental change
Hobbies: Reading, live music, gardening, biking, playing piano