Many undergraduate students work on research projects with faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students at the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab. Many other students intern with Lake Champlain Sea Grant to extend aquatic science to K-12 teachers and students. Meet some of our students and learn about their work.

Dani Berger

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Graduation year: 2023
Research involvement: Dani currently works with post-doctoral associate Ariana Chiapella on mapping the food web of Lake Champlain using fish diets, fatty acids, and stable isotopes of multiple trophic levels.

Naomi Chandler

Major: Zoology
Graduation year: 2022
Education involvement: Naomi is a Watershed Educator working with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension to extend current lake and stream science to K-12 teachers, students, and communities within the Lake Champlain basin.

Gabe Frigo

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation year: 2023
Education involvement: Gabe is a Watershed Educator working with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension to extend current lake and stream science to K-12 teachers, students, and communities within the Lake Champlain basin.

Audrey Healey

Major: Environmental Studies
Graduation year: 2021
Education involvement: Audrey is a Watershed Educator working with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension to extend current lake and stream science to K-12 teachers, students, and communities within the Lake Champlain basin.

Undraa Irvin

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Graduation year: 2022
Research involvement: Undraa currently works on an EU AQUACOSM project to assess how zooplankton migration behavior is affected by fish predations, nutrient additions, and hypoxia.

Lia Ivanick

Major: Environmental Sciences
Graduation year: 2021
Research involvement: Lia currently works with Rosaura Chapina to assess zooplankton size-structure and composition in Lake Ontario.

Madeline Lerz

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology 
Graduation year: 2023
Research involvement: Madeline currently works with post-doctoral associate Ariana Chiapella on mapping the food web of Lake Champlain using fish diets, fatty acids, and stable isotopes of multiple trophic levels.

Chris Liazos

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Graduation year: 2022
Research involvement: Chris currently works with Rosaura Chapina on Mysis ecology in Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario.

Alex Naccarato

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology 
Graduation Year: 2021
Research involvement: Starting during his sophomore year, Alex helped analyze data to build a food-web model of Lake Champlain. In the summer of 2019, Alex was a temporary field technician for the juvenile lake trout project. For his honors thesis, Alex will examine how the size distribution of rainbow smelt has changed over time using microelemental analysis, growth, and age.

Margaret Polifrone

Major: Biological Science
Graduation year: 2022
Education involvement: Margaret is a Watershed Educator working with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension to extend current lake and stream science to K-12 teachers, students, and communities within the Lake Champlain basin.

Katrina Rokosz

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Graduation Year: 2020
Research involvement: Katrina is working on juvenile lake trout field sampling and diet analysis, slimy sculpin demographic data, and data entry/quality control.

Bethany Smith

Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Graduation year: 2023
Research involvement: Bethany currently works with post-doctoral associate Ariana Chiapella on mapping the food web of Lake Champlain using fish diets, fatty acids, and stable isotopes of multiple trophic levels.

Grace Turnbull

Major: Elementary Education
Graduation year: 2021
Education involvement: Grace is a Watershed Educator working with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension to extend current lake and stream science to K-12 teachers, students, and communities within the Lake Champlain basin.

Lindsay VanFossen

Major: Environmental Sciences
Graduation year: 2022
Education involvement: Lindsay is a Watershed Educator working with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension to extend current lake and stream science to K-12 teachers, students, and communities within the Lake Champlain basin.