Graduate Student Profiles


Safiya Abubakar

Safiya Abubakar

Country/State/Town of Origin:   Nigeria, Kaduna, Kaduna
Academic Advisor:  
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:
Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
Undergrad Degree:
Biology, Zoology
Thesis Research:  
Ecology of Mud Turtles (Kinosternun subrubrum) in VA
Professional Interests:
Conservation ecology, wildlife biology
Hobbies: 
Traveling and networking

Sarah Bartle

Sarah Bartle

Origin: Pennsylvania, United States
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:
Shippensburg University
Undergrad Degree:
Geoenvironmental Sciences. Minor in Biology
Thesis Research: 
Ecology of Box Turtles (Terrapene c. carolina) in PA
Professional Interests:
Conservation of amphibians and reptiles researcher
Hobbies:
Hiking, horseback riding, dog training, graphic arts

Erika Coover

Erika Coover

Origin: Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:
Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, USA
Undergrad Degree:
Pre-Health Professions/Pre-Veterinarian Medicine 
Thesis Research: 
Amphibian Community Assemblage/distribution  
Professional Interests:
Amphibian research/biology consulting
Hobbies:
Drawing/painting, photography, hunting, videogames

Jason Dallas

Jason Dallas

Origin: Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:
Rider University, New Jersey, USA
Undergrad Degree:
Environmental Sciences; Minor in Biology
Thesis Research:  Ecology of Eastern Racers (Coluber constrictor constrictor)
Professional Interests: Ecology, field biology, herpetology researcher

Vladimir "Vlad" Rodolfo Rep

Vladimir "Vlad" Rodolfo Rep

Origin: Hanover, Pennsylvania. Originally from Argentina
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 
Undergrad Degree:
Ecology and Environmental Biology
Thesis Research:  
Snake colonization and movements in artificial wetlands
Professional Interests:
Academia, university and museum researcher
Hobbies:
Husbandry (snakes and tarantulas), hiking, photography, archery

Julia Russell

Julia Russell

Country/State of Origin:  Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor: 
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:  Kutztown University
Undergrad Degree:  Biology
Thesis Research:  Ringneck Snake Biogeography and Morphology in PA
Professional Interests:  Wildlife biology
Hobbies:  Herping, Horseback Riding, Hunting

Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

Origin: Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Pablo Delis
Undergrad University:
Shippensburg University
Undergrad Degree:
Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology
Thesis Research: 
Ecology of Marbled Salamanders, Ambystoma opacum, in PA
Professional Interests:
Conservation of amphibians and reptiles researcher
Hobbies: Running, hiking, baking, and playing with my dog

Gregory L. Pearson

Gregory L. Pearson

Origin: Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Alison Fedrow
Undergrad University:
Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, USA
Undergrad Degree:
Exercise Science, Biology minor
Thesis Research:
Tick-borne pathogens in southwestern PA
Professional Interests
: Infectious Disease/Immunology scientist
Hobbies:
Hiking, cooking, traveling, adventures, brewing kombucha

Kun Ma

Kun Ma

Country/State/Town of Origin: China/Inner Mongolia/Ulanqab
Academic Advisor: 
Dr. Todd Hurd
Undergrad University:
 State University of New York, Geneseo
Undergrad Degree: Biology
Thesis Research: Dynamics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in karst springs
Professional Interests: Biogeochemistry, marine ecology
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, swimming, Chinese history/calligraphy

 

Hanna Laukatis

Hanna Laukatis

Country/State/Town of Origin:  Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:  Dr. Marcie Lehman
Undergrad University:  Shippensburg University
Undergrad Degree:  Biology, Microbiology
Thesis Research:  Streptomycin Resistance in Erwiniaamylovora from PA
Professional Interests:  Laboratory health immuno epidemio research?
Hobbies:  Travelling and music

Micah Luftig

Micah Luftig

Origin: York County PA. Grew up all over the Eastern Coast
Academic Advisor: Dr. Light
Undergrad University: Mercy College, New York
Undergrad Degree: Veterinary Technology
Thesis Research: Branchiobdellidans in South Central Pennsylvania
Professional Interests: Freshwater ecology
Hobbies: Tabletop gaming

 

Dan Weichel

Dan Weichel

Country/State/Town of Origin: Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States 
Academic Advisor: Dr. Theo Light

Undergrad University: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Undergrad Degree: B.S. Biology
Thesis Research: Environmental biology: crayfish and parasites 
Professional Interests: Community Ecology, Aquatic Ecology
Hobbies: Hiking, making chili, drinking tea

 

Sarah Kropf

Sarah Kropf

Origin: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Tim Maret
Undergrad University:
Kutztown University, Pennsylvania
Undergrad Degree:
Biology with a concentration in organismal/ecology
Thesis Research:
Chemical Ecology of organisms in vernal pools
Overall Future Professional Interests:
Aquatic toxicologist scientist
Hobbies:
Hiking, camping, playing soccer and shopping at Target

Paul Mashett

Paul Mashett

Origin:   Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Tim Maret
Undergrad University: 
Temple U./Chestnut Hill College, PA, USA
Undergrad Degree: 
French/Environmental Science
Thesis Research: 
Ecology of larval dragonflies and amphibians
Professional Interests:
Natural resource management and conservation
Hobbies:
Playing music (guitar, piano), foreign languages, hiking, traveling

Hannah Roos

Hannah Roos

Origin: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Tim Maret
Undergrad University:
Kent State University, Ohio
Undergrad Degree:
Biology, Zoology
Thesis Research:
Vegetation and aquatic turtle ecology
Overall Future Professional Interests:
Still figuring it out!
Hobbies:
Traveling, backpacking, baking, Frasier

Alexandria Shupinski

Alexandria Shupinski

Origin: Pennsylvania, USA
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Tim Maret
Undergrad University:
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Undergrad Degree:
Biology/Organismal
Thesis Research:
Wetland Grazing Effects on Birds 
Professional Interests:
Mammal and bird conservation
Hobbies: Reading, writing, birding, photography

Jaci Braund

Jaci Braund

Origin: Beaver, Pennsylvania, USA 
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Heather Sahli
Undergrad University:
Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, USA
Undergrad Degree:
BS Biology 
Thesis Research:
Reproductive biology of PA Endangered Iris verna 
Professional Interests:
Botany, ecology, conservation biology 
Hobbies:
Botany, hiking, yoga, running, crafts, fermenting things 

Deidra Bryant

Deidra Bryant

Origin:  Long Island, New York, USA
Academic Advisor: Dr. Nathan Thomas
Undergrad University: Temple University, Pennsylvania, USA
Undergrad Degree:  B.S. Environmental Science
Thesis Research:  Nesting physiology in purple martins (Progne subis)
Professional Interests: Traveling wildlife biologist and wildlife rehabilitator
Hobbies:  Foreign languages, biking, traveling, playing flute and piccolo!

Chris Prestridge

Chris Prestridge

Country/State of Origin:  Pennsylvania, United States
Academic Advisor:  Dr. Nathan Thomas
Undergrad University:  Shippensburg University
Undergrad Degree:  Ecology & Environmental Biology
Thesis Research:  Avian diversity and ecology in Cumberland Valley 
Professional Interests:  Conservationist work in the public sector
Hobbies:   Travel/exploration, sports, fitness team and Beachbody instructor