Sevilleta REU Participants

2013

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Allyson Richins

Allyson's 2013 REU project was entitled "Isotope Fractionation in Plants and Local Plant Isoscapes at Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge"

Brennan Davis

Brennan's 2013 REU project was entitled "Effects of Drought on Diatom Diversity, Distribution and Population Density"

Briana Albini

Briana's 2013 REU project was entitled " Changes in Aquatic Invertebrate Community Diversity During Supra-Seasonal Drought Conditions".

David Linares

David's 2013 REU Art in Ecology Project was entitled "Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge Through My Eyes".

Devin Belt

Devin and Kameron's 2013 REU presentation was entitled "Water Quality Survey of the Sevilleta Ground and Surface Waters".

Evan Hewitt

Evan's 2013 REU project was entitled "A Survey of Reintroduced Gunnison’s Prairie Dog Impacts on Chihuahuan Desert Grassland".

Harold Specter

Harold's 2013 Art in Ecology project was entitled "Sevilleta Enlightning".

Kameron Ortiz

Kameron and Devin's 2013 REU project was entitled "Water Quality Survey of the Sevilleta Ground and Surface Waters".

Merissa Anderson

Merissa's 2013 REU project was entitled "The impact of plant composition  on nematode abundance"

Nora Dunkirk

Nora's 2013 REU project was entitled "Testing Causes of Ring Formation in Blue Grama Grass".

Ty Werdel

Ty's 2013 REU project was entitled "Small Mammal Abundance and Diversity in Relation To Prairie Dog Reintroduction Sites".

Vivien Enriquez

Vivien's 2013 REU project was entitled "Rainfall Influence on Lizard Activity Patterns in a Piñon-Juniper Woodland".

2012

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Austin Dillon

Austin's 2012 REU project was entitled " Comparing microfauna of soil crusts in four arid biomes across an elevational gradient"

Brianna Levison

Brianna's 2012 REU project was entitled "Algal species diversity on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge at four natural springs vs. the diversity at the artificial drings, and the impact of long-term survival on wildlife" 

Emmanuel Sosa

Manny's 2012 REU project was entitled " The impact of fire history on semiarid grassland plant communities" 

Hanna Marti

Hanna's 2012 REU project was entitled "The effect of shrub encroachment on harvester ant and lizard communities of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge"

Hannah Berry

Hannah's 2012 Art in Ecology REU project was entitled "Biological illustrations and Lumen prints of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge based on the studies of other REU students"

Jasmine Childress

Jasmine's 2012 REU project was entitled "Estimating population size and nest productivity of the threatened Gray Vireos in Los Pinos Mountains"

Jeanette Chu

Jeanette's 2012 REU project was entitled " The effects of increased rainfall on growth in Bouteloua eriopoda and Larrea tridentata"

Lizet Mendoza

Maite Martin

Maite's 2012 REU project was entitled " Behavior and time budget comparisons on older and newly reintroduced colonies of Gunnison's Prairie Dogs"

Natalia Roberts

Natalia's 2012 Art in Ecology REU project was entitled " Mimicking the desert's use of water"

Natasha Vinas

Natasha's 2012 REU project was entitled " Survey of root-associated fungi of Larrea tridentata and Bouteloua eriopoda across the shrub-grassland transition zone on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge"

Nizhoni Harvey

Rande Patterson

Rande's 2012 REU project was entitled "Survey on the Tarantuals of the Los Pinos at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge"

2011

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Alan Barraza

Alan's 2011 REU Project "Soils and Landforms as Key Abiotic Factors in the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge - Eastern Los Pinos Mountains" 

Alan is starting his Senior Year this Fall  at University of Texas, El Paso.

Deleesa Cole

Emily Boone

Emily Boone's 2011 ART REU Project "Interpretation of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Through Land Art & Photographs of the Research Students There" 

Heather Causey

Heather's 2011 REU Project was entitled: "Comparing Arthropod Community Diversity Within Natural & Invasive Riparian Habitats". 

Heather starts her Junior year at Colorado State University in the fall of 2011.

Heather Tran

Heather's 2011 REU Project was entitled "Resilience of Larrea Tridenta to Extreme Cold Across a Shrub-Grassland Ecotone"

Heather is a senior at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and plans to graduate in December 2011.

Jaclyn Andberg

Jacklyn Andberg collaborated with fellow REU student Niles Brinton on their 2011 research project: "A Survey of Population Size and Parasitism of Gray Vireos in the Los Pinos Mountains".  This work involved early morning of searching for birds and then finding mating pairs and locating their nests.

Jacklyn will graduate this December (2011).

Jason Lopez

Jason's 2011 REU Project "Dendroecology of Pinon Trees at the Los Pinos Mountains on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge".  Jason's project involved collecting tree cores and counting tree rings to find the oldest tree in the Los Pinos Mts."

Jason will be a sophomore this year (2011).

Kimberly Elsenbroek

Laura N Fronabarger Tucker

Main focus: Paleobotany and Paleoecology
Applying to grad schools right now, but I am planning on going to Vanderbilt University fall 2012 (if I get in) to study Paleoecology of plants and animals of the Cenozoic.

Mathias Hughey

Niles Brinton

Paeton Phaup

Paeton's 2011 REU Project "The impact of Permanent and Ephemeral Water Sources on Pant and Animal Population Dynamics" Paeton will be starting his sophomore year this fall (2011) at the University of Texas  - Kingsville.

Stephanie Chen

2010

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Amanda Labrado

Amanda Labrado is currently a Junior at the University of Texas at  El Paso.

Amanda Liebrecht

Amanda worked with Dr. Marcy Litvak this summer in the pinon-juniper woodlands.  Her project "The effect of pinon mortality on understory vegetation" gave Amanda ample experience working with equipment such as the LiCor 6200 (for CO2 measurements) and LiCor 6400 (IRGA gas exchange measurements).

Amanda Liebrecht graduated from St.  Mary's College of Maryland in May 2011. She is currently a graudate student at the University of New Mexico - working in Dr. Marcy Litvak's Lab!  Amanda is pursuing a PhD.

Antonio Navarez

Antonio's summer REU project was titled "A Four Year Comparative Study of the Geochemistry and Hydrology of Select Springs in the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge."

Chris Shepard

Chris's 2010 REU Project was titled "Spatial variation of soil characteristics with respect to hill slope position and vegetation community."

Chris graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2011 with a B.S. in Geology.

Cynthia Malone

Cynthia's 2010 Summer REU Project was entitled: "Assessing the diversity of terrestrial vertebrates in relation to water sources: a comparison between artificial drinkers and natural springs." Her mentor was Jon Erz. 

Elida Ingiuez

Elida's summer REU project was titled "Pinus edulis mortality effects on soil respiration."

Harmony Lu

Her project at the Sevilleta LTER focused on the possible effects that an intermittent river confluence has on the habitat characteristics of a mainstream channel. She examined both quantitative and qualitative habitat qualities of a beach of the Rio Grande river and surveyed the local macroinvertebrate diversity. Harmony's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Ayesha Burdett.

Harmony Lu will be a senior at Brown University concentrating in Geology-Biology.

Ileana Betancourt

While participating in the 2010 Sevilleta LTER REU Program, Ileana worked with Dr. Marcy Litvak on the "Effects of Pinus edulis mortality on litter quality and quantity in pinon-juniper woodlands: impacts on carbon balance."

At Cornell, Ileana is pursuing a degree in Science in Natural and Environmental Systems. This is a step towards her goal of pursuing a career in sustainable development. Ileana will be a Junior at Cornell University this fall (2011).

Mark Stone

Melissa Shaginoff

Melissa Shagnioff graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in August 2011. Where she received a degree in Psychology.

During the Summer of 2010 Melissa worked on creating projects that combined her studies of fine art and the natural materials she was surrounded with at the Sevilleta. She discovered new processes of paint making and papermaking and held a community project with the other REUs, interns, and mentors.

Melissa plans on attending graduate school.

Mitchell R. Nakai

His summer REU Project was titled “Tamarix root stratigraphy controlled by soil characteristics.”  Mitchell's mentor was Mark Stone.

Natasha Ribeiro

During the 2010 Summer REU Program Natasha was one of two art students in residence. Natasha created community projects for the other REUs staying at the UNM Sevilleta Field Station along with her own independent projects.

Natasha is a senior in the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico.

Ricardo Duran

Ricks 2010 project was: "Spatial analysis of the population dynamics in Gunnison's Prairie dog colonies at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge" Mentor: Chuck Hayes

Rick graduated from Arizona State in May 2011 with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability. He spent the summer of 2011 as a Sevilleta LTER Intern at the UNM Sevilleta Field Station.

Rick presented in 2010 REU Project in the form of a Poster, at the 2011 Ecological Society of American Meeting in Austin, Texas in August!

Shayla Burnett

During her summer as a Sevilleta LTER REU Student, Shayla worked with Scott Collins studying the effects of fire on below ground biomass in a black grama grassland. Shayla presented her research findings at the 2011 Ecological Society of America Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Shayla Burnett graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2011 with a Degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management.

2009

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Albert Davila, Jr.

His REU project was titled: "Chihuahuan desert lizard abundance in Gunnison's prairie dog habitat: Do lizards prefer prairie dog colonies?" Alberts mentor was Sevilleta LTER Project Manager Mike Friggens.

Albert Davila, Jr., Graduated from Oberlin College with an  Evironmental Studies degree. He now lives in California and is working for THINK Together, an after school program. As a Program leader, Albert supervises 25 fourth graders.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda's REU project was titled: "Aquatic invertebrates diversity in springs and wells on the Sevilleta."  Amanda's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor and Sevilleta LTER Lead P.I. Dr. Scott Collins.

Amanda Martinez graduated from Brigham Young University, with a B.S. in Biology.

Amanda Schaupp

Her project was titled: "The effect of arthropods on Dipodomys spectabilis food stores and storing behavior." Amanda's mentor was Truman State University Associate Professor Dr. Jose Herrera. Amanda spent the fall of 2009 Lancaster University in England studying molecular and immunology/parasitology.

Andrea Westerband

Andrea Westerband graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with a degree in Environmental Biology.

Her 2009 REU project was titled: "Effects of aspect and elevation on the distribution of pinon pine and juniper trees, along with index of grass density within the Los Pinos Mountains, New Mexico." Andrea's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Graduate Student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Juliana Medeiros.

Cesar Coronado

His project was titled: "Comparison of noninvasive sampling techniques for coyotes: hair snares vs. scat surveys." Cesar's mentor was University of Virginia graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Virgina "Ginny" Seamster.

Cesar Coronado graduated from Northern New Mexico University, majoring in Biology.

Francisco "Frankie" Reyes

His project was titled: "A salinization study within the San Acacia Region, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, NM."   His mentors were University of New Mexico Earth & Planetary Science Professor Dr. Laura Crossey and University of New Mexico graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Amy Williams. Currently, Frankie is involved in research examining the water chemistry of arctic ponds.  This position will enable him to spend next summer in Barrow, Alaska. He plans to study geochemistry as it applies to environmental science in graduate school.

Giomara La Quay

Her summer project was titled: "Soil nitrogen and physical properties of the Los Pinos Mountains, New Mexico."  Giomara's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Juliana Medeiros.

Giomara La Quay graduated from Universidad of Metropolitana Puerto Rico in May 2010, with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences/Biology.

Hayley Stansell

Her summer 2009 REU project was titled: "Mapping the landscape of fear for Gunnison's prairie dogs."  Hayley's mentor was Sevilleta LTER Project Manager Mike Friggens.  

Hayley Stansell graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2011, with a B.S. in Biology with a Concentration in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Hayley is currently working as a research assistant at NCSU working on some citizen science projects including the Belly Button Biodiversity project: http://www.wildlifeofyourbody.org/

Lian Liu

Lian's project was titled: "A comparative study of water quality and aquatic macroinvertebrate diversity in the Rio Grande and its ditches." Lian's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Post Doc. Dr. Ayesha Burdett.

Lian Liu graduated from The University of Michigan in May 2010 with degrees in Biology & Psychology.She is currently a at DuPoint as a Lab Tech assisting with Plant Genetics Research.

Maxine Paul

Maxine Paul graduated from Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Science and her thesis was an expanded version of her REU project. Her summer 2009 research project was: "Quantifying biome specific relationships and monsoon event responses using LAI (leaf area index), NDVI (normalized differences vegetation index) PRI (photochemical radiation index) in grassland and shrubland ecosystems at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge". Maxine's mentor was University of New Mexico Department of Biology Associate Professor Marcy Litvak.

Samantha Adelberg

Samantha's REU project title was: "Geomicrobiolgy of the Sevilleta wells and springs: predicting the metabolic energy available to microorganisms." Samantha's mentors were University of New Mexico Earth & Planetary Science Professor Dr. Laura Crossey and University of New Mexico Graduate Student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Amy Williams.

Samantha Adelberg graduated from Brown University in May 2011, with degrees in Geology & Biology. She received a Fullbright Fellowship in 2011 and will be studying in Panama during the spring of 2012.

2008

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Ashley Melendez

Her 2008 REU project was "The effect of vegetation change due to precipitation flux on the fitness of generalist grasshopper Trimerotropis pallidipennis." Ashley's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Post Doc. Dr. Sophia Engle.

Ashley Melendez graduated from The College of New Rochelle in 2010 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Biology. She attended Mercy College in 2011 studying Veterinary Technology with Pre-Vet.


Ashley Schafer

After her summer at the Sevilleta in 2007 she obviously could not stay away and decided to come back for another Sevilleta REU in 2008. "Arthropod response to a seasonal prescribed burn" was the title of her project. Her mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor and Sevilleta LTER Lead P.I. Dr. Scott Collins.

Cathleen "CJ" Jewell

Her 2008 REU research project was "Seasonal fire effects on seed banks in semi-arid grasslands." CJ's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor Dr. Diane Marshall. 

Christine Waters

Christine Waters' summer 2008 project was: "The Chemistry of Wells & Springs at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge". Her mentors were University of New Mexico (UNM) Earth & Planetary Science professor, Dr. Laura Crossey, and UNM graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow, Amy Williams. Following her REU at Sevilleta, Christine conducted undergraduate research on chromium isotope fractionation with Dr. Andre Ellis in UTEP's Pathways to Geosciences Program. This research was followed by a Summer Student Fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution during May-August 2009.

Damon Lowery

His summer 2008 REU project was entitled "Determining the density of coyotes in different habitat types at the Sevilleta NWR/LTER by the use of scat transect surveys." Damon's mentor was University of Virginia Graduate Student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Virginia "Ginny" Seamster.

Dan Coleman

Dan's 2008 REU project was entitled "Investigating host feeding strategy as a determinant of gut microbial community profile in insects." His mentors were University of New Mexico, Deparment of Biology Professor Dr. Eric Toolson and Associate Professor Dr. Christina Takacs-Vesbach. Dan is also submitting his REU project (that he continued to work on after his REU had ended) for publication.

Emerson Tuttle

Emerson's REU project was titled "Spatial distribution of harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex rugosus): is there a foraging benefit for colonies located in close proximity to kangaroo rat (Dipodomys spectabilis) mounds?"  His mentor was University of New Mexico graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Andrew Edelman.

Emily Stinson

Her 2008 project was entitled "A study on the nutritional and thermal ecology of the desert box turtle (Terrapene ornate luteola)." Emily's mentor was University of New Mexico Graduate Student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Ian Murray.

Emily Stinson graduated from Hamilton College in May of 2009 with a degree in Biology.

Molly Ladd

Her summer REU project was titled "Hydraulic patterns of redistribution in irrigated pinyon-juniper roots in the Los Pinos Mountains, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico."  Molly's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Post Doc. Dr. Enrico Yepez.

Natalie Alberg

Her summer of 2008 REU project was entitled "Understanding the energetic and water flux differences in free-ranging and captive Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni):  the key to successfully reestabilishing Gunnison's prairie dogs on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge."  Natalie's mentors were University of New Mexico Graduate Student Cindy Mathison and Sevilleta LTER Project Manager Mike Friggens.

Natalie Alberg graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in May of 2009. 

2007

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Alexandra Reinwald

Her 2007 summer project was entitled "Characterizing the relationship between plant water potential, soil water potential and ecosystem fluxes of carbon and water in desert grassland and shrubland ecosystems." Alexandra's mentor was University of New Mexico Department of Biology Assocciate Professor Marcy Litvak.

Alyssa Corbett

Alyssa's summer 2007 project was: "Metabolic substrate use of Trimerotropis pallidpennis; a stable isotope approach". Her mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Post Doc. Dr. Sophia Engle. Alyssa is contemplating a career in either veterinary medicine or conservation.

Ashley Schafer

Ashley examined the behavioral and foraging ecology of the beetle Epicauta longicollis during her 2007 REU. Ashley's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor Dr. Eric Toolson.

Ashley Schafer graduated from Ursinus College in May of 2009 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies.

Ben Gutzler

Ben worked on the  "Effects of simulated climate change on plant seedling counts" while he was a REU in 2007. Ben's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor Dr. Eric Toolson.

Rene Aquilera

His summer of 2007 REU research project was: "CO2 fluxes following simulated monsoon rain events." Rene's mentor was University of Arizona Assistant Professor Dr. Shirley Kurc Papuga.

Rene Aquilera graduated from the University of New Mexico in May of 2008 with a B.S. in Biology.

Scott Johnson

Scott's 2007 research project was: "Dipodomys spectabiliis: Ecosystem Engineers - A Look at Invertebrate Richness and Abundance". His mentor was University of New Mexico Graduate Student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Andrew Edelman.

Scott Johnson graduated from Kansas State University in the Spring of 2010, majoring in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

2006

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Alejandro Benhumea

His summer 2006 project was entitled "Indirect interactions between plants mediated by insect herbivores." Alex's mentor was University of Nebraska Graduate Student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Tom Miller.

Alejandro Benhumea was a sophmore at the University of Texas at El Paso when he worked on his REU at the Sevilleta LTER. The following summer he was involved in an internship in Barrow, Alaska with the University of Texas at El Paso.

Andrew Rominger

His 2006 REU project was "Spatial patterns in grasshopper abundance and diversity." Andrew's mentors were University of Nebraska Graduate Student Tom Miller and University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor and Sevilleta LTER lead P.I. Dr. Scott Collins. In 2009 Andrew published a study completed at the Sevilleta during the summers of 2006 and 2007 entitled "Relative contributions of neutral and niche-based processes in the structure of a desert grassland grasshopper community." 

Ashwana Fricker

Ashwana's 2006 project was entitled "Plants!! How do they interact?" Her mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor and Sevilleta LTER's own Lead P.I. Dr. Scott Collins.

Ashwana Fricker graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics in 2008.  Ashwana is now in graduate school at Cornell studying Microbiology.

Brenda Nieto

Brenda's summer project: "Flow Pulse Effects on the Macroinvertebrate Community Structure in the Rio Salado, an Arid Stream Ecosystem" was completed with University of New Mexico Post Doc. Dr. Vincec Acuna Salazar. In the summer of 2008 Brenda completed another REU at Yosemite National Park. She currently has an internship with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center working on the effects of fungi and earthworms in different aged forests. Brenda plans on attending graduate school at some point.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlins's 2006 summer project was entitled "Effects of variable rainfall and increased nitrogen deposition on nitrous oxide production in a semi-arid grassland ecosystem - a forethought of global change."  Her mentors were University of New Mexico graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Chelsea Crenshaw and Sevilleta LTER Post Doc. Dr. Joe Farigone. 

Shawn "Fred" Whiteman

She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, Department of Biology, with a focus in paleoecology. Fred's 2006 project was: "Visitors to mounds: how the presence of a kangaroo rat affects reptile populations." Her mentor was University of New Mexico graduate student and Sevilleta LTER Fellow Andrew Edelman.

Tierney Adamson

Tierney's summer 2006 project was titled: "Activity budgets of Gunnison's Prairie Dogs in the early Monsoon Season."  Tierney's mentor was Sevilleta LTER Project Manager Mike Friggens.

Tierney Adamson graduated from the University of New Mexico in December of 2007 with a degree in Biology. She is currently pursuing a MS from the University of New Mexico, Department of Biology with Dr. Robert Sinsabaugh. Tierney's research interests are: Soil enzyme and microbial activity along an elevation and biome gradient in relation to net ecosystem carbon exchange.

2004

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Renee Zieman

Renee's project was entitled "The effect of grazing on weed cover species composition on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge." Her mentor was University of Biology, Department of Biology, Professor and Sevilleta LTER Lead P.I. Dr. Scott Collins.

Renee Zieman graduated from Seattle Pacific University in May of 2005.

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