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2009-2010 Undergraduate Participants

 
Nilmarie Colon Albino
Universidad Metropolitana
My name is Nilmarie Colon Albino. I will be entering my junior year as a Chemistry major this fall at the Universidad Metropolitana in Puerto Rico. I love all kinds of sports, especially Tennis and Table Tennis. Of which I am member of both team. I also have passion for science, which is one of many reasons for why I am studying Chemistry and attracted me to the University of Vermont to work on the Streams Project. In the Project I will analyze and collect samples of Phosphorus and E. coli.

 
 
 
 
Benjamin Kirchner
Johnson State College
My name is Benjamin Kirchner, and I am a senior Biology major at Johnson State College. I've started the long search for graduate school advisors, focusing on microbial remediation, phytoremediation, and Bioinformatics. This summer we will be concentrating on E. coli source tracking and phosphorus testing of the Lamoille River watershed, and I'm also hoping to start some interesting collaborations with other Streams Project teams.

 
 
 
 
Schae Martin
Norwich University
My name is Schae Martin, and I will be a sophomore at Norwich University this coming academic year. I am a Geology major with a double minor in Education and Psychology. My summer research project will examine the Dog River drainage basin, Cox Brook sub-basin, and Pain Creeks water chemistry and quality. I will look at a transect of the basin using preliminary data and data the I gather. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, being outside, painting, sketching, reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family. I am also very active with in school clubs and my hometown community.

 
 
 
 
Luis M. Ortiz Jordan
Universidad Metropolitana
My name is Luis M. Ortiz Jordan, and I am a Cell and Molecular Biology major at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I enjoy research in both the lab and the field. This is my first summer internship, and I will be working with the Streams Project comparing the different chemical concentrations in various areas in the Potash Brook. My future goal is to become a researcher in the areas of genetics, microbiology, or environmental field. In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball, reading, listening to music, sightseeing, cultivating orchids, collecting minerals, playing the flute and the violin, and studying for my classes.

 
 
 
 
Greggory Perry
Johnson State College
I am a senior Biology major at Johnson State College. This is my second stint with the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project, and I will be continuing research from last summer, which includes phosphorus sampling and microbial source tracking of tributaries of the Lamoille River. My interests lie in microbiology and ecology.

 
 
 
 
Sarah Petri
University of Vermont
My name is Sarah Petri, and I am originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. I came to the University of Vermont partially due to my interest in snowboarding and the outdoors. I am currently a junior at UVM pursuing a B.A. in Zoology with a minor in Psychology. My ultimate goal is to return to the Serengeti and study big cats. Until then, I keep myself busy by reading, biking, hiking, and building forts in my living room. My interest in the Streams Project stems from my love for anything science and my enjoyment in learning about Vermont and Lake Champlain. I will be working in the Streams lab over the academic year, potentially studying E. Coli or macroinvertebrates.

 
 
 
 
Audrey Reid
University of Vermont
My name is Audrey Reid, and I am a native Vermonter who grew up in the Northeast Kingdom in the town of Canaan. I now attend the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, where I will be a senior environmental science major with a concentration in Water Resources this coming academic year. My future plans are to attend graduate school and further study water chemistry and related areas. I am particularly interested in the effects of acid deposition on streams and working to make water data more accessible and understandable to the public. This summer I am working at the Hubbard Brook Research Forest conducting research related to nitrogen levels in streams in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I am particularly looking at how nitrogen levels have unexpectedly declined in recent years. I hope to use what I learn this summer and apply it to my work with the Streams Project during the academic year.

 
 
 
 
Karoline Rios Rodriguez
Universidad Metropolitana
My name is Karoline Rios Rodriguez, and I am a Cell and Molecular Biology major at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This summer is my second time working with the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project, and I'm very happy to be back in Vermont. I will be studying E. coli concentrations this summer. My future plans are to continue my education by conducting graduate studies related to my major (Microbiology, Forensic and Immunology) and have the opportunity to represent my country in the different conferences and symposiums that celebrate around the world. My hobbies include going to the beach, spending time with my family, playing basketball and volleyball, reading novels, and studying for my classes.

 
 
 
 
Bianca Cardona Rodriguez
University of Puerto Rico
My name is Bianca Cardona Rodriguez, and I will be starting my junior year at the University of Puerto Rico this fall as an Environmental Science major. Working with the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project will help me to expand my knowledge within my field and afford me the opportunity to spend time outdoors. This summer I will be working to determine which method for measuring TSS levels is the most effective depending the type of river. My future plans are to continue to graduate school within the area of water resources. I have always been attracted to the outdoors, so studying aquatic ecosystems further contributes to my passion.

 
 
 
 
Laura Salazar Guarin
Universidad Metropolitana
My name is Laura Salazar Guarin, and I am a Cell and Molecular Biology major at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, PR. This summer, I will be working with the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project examining E. coli concentrations of various streams sites. My future plans after graduation are to attend medical school and one day be a Neuro or Cardio Surgeon. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, horseback riding, surfing the Internet, spending time with my friends and family, studying, sleeping, and reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books.

 
 
 
 
Angel A Garcia
Universidad Metropolitana
My name is Angel Garcia, and I completed my B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Marine Biology this spring from Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, PR. This summer I will be working with GIS, soil phosphorus, soil mapping, spatial variability, soil-landscape, and P transport. My favorite quote is from Einstein when he said, "if we want different results, we had better be willing to change the methods". By this declaration, I prepare myself for the upcoming challenges as a professional scientist and researcher.

 
 
 
 
Alexandra Fisher
Middlebury College
My name is Alex Fisher, and I am a rising senior at Middlebury College studying Environmental Policy. I have a minor in French, and I spent this past fall studying geography in Paris. I am originally from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Environmental and conservation issues have been one of my interests since elementary school. Some of my hobbies include playing the piano, guitar, and tennis. I am excited to be a part of the Streams project this summer, and I will be working with GIS and developing seed packets for teachers who want to include work on the streams as a part of their high school curricula.

 
 
 
 
Edward Garcia Rios
Universidad Metropolitana
My name is Edward Garcia Rios, and I'm from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I decided to pursue a science degree in order to help restore and protect Mother Nature. I completed my B.S. in Science with a Major in Biology from Universidad Metropolitana this spring. Now I aspire to apply to a Veterinary Medicine School and achieve a D.V.M./Ph.D. and prepare myself for the upcoming challenges as a professional scientist and researcher. The summer research program is the key resource that enables students to acquire hands-on experience in the field for future challenges. This summer is my second year working with the Vermont ESPCoR Stream Project at UVM. Last year I worked in the Streams Project Lab and in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Lab. This summer I will be working with GIS, soil phosphorus, soil mapping, spatial variability, soil-landscape, and P transport.

 
 
 
 
Elysia Korbet
University of Vermont
My name is Elysia Korbet, and I am a senior Geology major at the University of Vermont with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. I am originally from Vermont, and I hope that my GIS-based study of the Lake Champlain Basin will aid in improving the Lake's condition as well as educate the general public.

 
 
 
 
Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez
University of Puerto Rico
My name is Veronica Sosa-Gonzalez, and I am an Environmental Sciences major at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, PR. This summer I will be doing multi-variable analysis using GIS and existing data on Vermont's water bodies and land use. My future plans are to pursue graduate studies in hydrogeology and becoming a science teacher. During my free time, I enjoy swimming, walking, visiting natural sites and museums, going to the beach, and participating in educational activities for kids.

 
 
 
 
Theodore Ortiz Y Pino
University of Vermont
My name is Ted, and I am a senior in the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont. I am studying Environmental Science with a concentration in ecological design. I love the natural world that surrounds us and influences our daily lives, so I would like to one day help design landscapes and work with communities to be more integrated with the environment. This summer I am studying how riparian forest density affects temperature in brook trout habitat and see what sort of influence land use has on creating good habitat for them.

 
 
 
 
Kaitlyn Berry
University of Vermont
My name is Kaitlyn Berry and I'm a junior studying Zoology at UVM. I transferred to UVM this past January, and chose this school because of its long term commitments to environmentally friendly practices. After taking a tropical ecology course involving a trip to Costa Rica at my previous school in New Hampshire, I decided to settle on a major in Zoology. This summer I will be working with Saint Michael's college under the guidance of Declan McCabe. I'll be comparing the different sampling methods of macoinvertebrates to see whether kick sampling or brick sampling provides a more diverse sample. My entire life I have been found saving critters from bumble bees to a family of birds that nested in my chimney. During my free time I enjoy a movie, video game, or classic car show.

 
 
 
 
Alex Canepa
St. Michael's College
My name is Alex Canepa and I am a senior at St. Michael's College. I am currently a biology major with a focus on environmental studies. This summer will be my second year researching within the macroinvertabrate lab group as apart of the VT EPSCoR Streams Project. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school for marine biology. Some of my hobbies include: the outdoors, running, music, and yoga.

 
 
 
 
Daniel Caredeo
St. Michael's College
My name is Daniel Caredeo. I am a rising junior at Saint Michael's College majoring in Biology. I come from the highly populated town of Salem, New Hampshire, nestled between the busy suburban towns of northern Massachusetts and the tranquil gateway of southern New Hampshire. My interests in biology are at the cellular level. However, this summer I will be exploring effects of varying physical habitat composition on macro-invertebrates' communities in Lake Champlain basins. I really enjoy running, movies, and watching the Boston Celtics. After college I hope to pursue a career in the health care field as a physician.

 
 
 
 
Brian Cunnigham
Saint Michael's College
My name is Brian Cunningham, and I'm a senior Biology major at Saint Michael's College with a pre-health concentration. I have been involved in the Streams Project since last summer and worked in Professor Declan McCabe's lab studying macroinvertebrates from streams in the Lake Champlain watershed. My research last summer evaluated stream health by comparing macroinvertebrate diversity indices to chemical data collected by a collaborating lab at UVM. This summer, I was funded by the Lake Champlain Research Consortium to study phosphorus in the Saint Albans Bay in sites deemed impacted or non-impacted by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Using data from the ANR and historic and physical data from GIS, I will collect phosphorus and discharge data from ten sites (five impacted, five non-impacted) to evaluate phosphorus impact. My work will very closely relate to work being performed this summer by another member of the Saint Michael's College lab who will collect complementary phosphorus and flow data from other sites in Saint Albans Bay. My work with the Streams Project will extend into the upcoming school year, as I will continue to identify and analyze macroinvertebrate samples. In my free time, I am a volunteer EMS provider for Saint Michael's Rescue, and I am training for next year's Boston Marathon. After graduation, I plan to attend some type of medical graduate school.

 
 
 
 
Tyler Gillingham
Saint Michael's College
My name is Tyler Gillingham, and I am a native Vermonter from Woodstock, Vermont. I am an uprising Junior at Saint Michael's College pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. My initial interest in Ecology stems from a month spent reforesting in the Cloud Rainforest of Costa Rica. I plan to continue these interests by spending a semester abroad in Costa Rica in the spring. Some of my interests are running for the Varsity Cross-Country Team at Saint Mike's, skiing, and hiking. The question I plan to investigate deals with the effects of incubation period on colonization of Hester-Dendy samplers, which are an artificial substrate sampler used to sample the benthic community. After graduation I hope to attend Medical School or join the Peace Corps.

 
 
 
 
Erin Hayes-Pontius
University of Vermont
My name is Erin Hayes-Pontius, and I'm a junior at UVM. I'd have roughly four majors if I had the time. Sadly, I do not, so I've settled on a Zoology major with a double minor in Statistics and in Spanish. My non-science-related obsessions include sewing, tea, and dancing on the University of Vermont's ballroom dance team. Since I'm most interested in entomology, I'll be spending the summer at the Streams Project's macroinvertebrate lab at Saint Michael's College examining the rates of succession at urban-impacted streams and non-impacted streams.

 
 
 
 
Bridget Levine
Saint Michael's College
My name is Bridget Levine, and I am a rising sophomore at Saint Michael's College. I am a Biology major and am also enrolled in the Honors Program. I hope to enter the field of research science, whether it is in ecology or another specific field. I am also interested in environmental science and cell biology. Aside from the sciences, I enjoy studying anthropology and history. I am an instructor in the Wilderness Program at Saint Michael's and love to go on hikes, backpacking trips, and kayaking trips. This summer I will be working with the Streams Project studying differences in species diversity in impacted and non-impacted streams. I hope to find specific relationships between pollution and insect species numbers and biodiversity.

 
 
 
 
Natasha Skrzypek
Saint Michael's College
My name is Natasha Skrzypek, and I am originally from Southampton, Massachusetts. I will be a junior at Saint Michael's College this coming academic year and am double majoring in Biology and Elementary Education. I became interested in the Streams Project when I took a community ecology course with Professor Declan McCabe. My piece of the Project will consists of collecting phosphorous samples and measuring flow rate in streams of the Saint Albans Bay area. Specifically, I will compare the phosphorus levels in impacted urban areas to non-impacted, forested areas. My hobbies include running, skiing, and hiking. I also volunteer as an EMT for Saint Michael's Rescue. After graduation, I hope to have a career in health care or education.

 
 
 
 
Livingston Burgess
Middlebury College
I'm a Chemistry major at Middlebury College and a rising senior. My work within my major has been directed at research on organometallic compounds, and my main interests lie in organic synthesis. However, I'm drawn to a lot of the dynamics of ecology and to how the scientific method gets applied across disciplines. I believe strongly that branching out to learn new mindsets and methodologies is good for scientific thought, and that is part of why I am working on the Streams Project. This summer, my research will deal with source-tracking of E. coli using rRNA identification. I will take samples from Vermont rivers and lakes, type them by species of origin (whose gut they lived in) using a riboprinter, then sequence rDNA stretches to build a genetic library that can be used for further source-tracking work.

 
 
 
 
Kat Schweikert
Middlebury College
My name is Kat Schweikert, and I am a Geography major at Middlebury College. I originate from Bangor, Maine and am anxiously awaiting graduation in February 2010!

 
 
 
 
Jake Van Gorder
Sterling College
My name is Jake Van Gorder, and I am junior majoring in Conservation Ecology at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. I have had several years of environmental studies experience working on a number of research projects with the Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition on Mount Desert Island, Maine.