Research Mentoring

Undergraduate researchers have worked on a variety of projects, some directly related to my work and others that branch off into new and exciting lines of inquiry. Many projects integrate empirical and theoretical components, and students often learn R programming as part of their research. To get an idea of my students and their projects, here are some descriptions. See my CV for a full list.

picture of betsy sitting at a computer analyzing an image

Betsy Potter: Betsy worked with me on a semester-long project examining different ways to quantify coral growth. Anya and I deployed a field experiment at two different depths to evaluate nails, Alizarin dye, and a contour gauge as methods of quantifying coral growth. Betsy took over when we got home and analyzed the images and wrote up the protocols for analyzing the images of Alizarin and contour gauge treatments.

Alissa Rubin:  Alissa started working with me in 2013 and helped me analyze images of coral scars, and is now using the same tools for her honors thesis looking at spatial patterns of barnacles on green sea turtles and how the spatial patterns relate to sea turtle health.  She presented a poster, “Spatial patterns of barnacles on green sea turtles” on some preliminary data at the 2014 URAP Symposium.  Her research was funded by a University Scholars grant, and she’s now a science communicator in Colorado.

Morgan Farrell (2014):  Morgan was my field assistant during the 2014 field season.  She assisted me with my research, and we collaborated on two projects involving mechanisms of vermetid effects on corals.  She also was funded by a University Scholars grant.          

Keiana Solomon (2013-2014).  Keiana helped me analyze images of coral scars and presented a poster on “Effect of Porites morphology on tissue damage” at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.    

Luc Overholt:  Luc began working with me in 2012 and has helped me with the survey data I collected during 2011.  He also presented a poster at the URAP Symposium entitled “Associations between coral reef gastropds.”  During the 2012-2013 school year, Luc worked his honors thesis on sampling techniques for quantifying mutualist networks.  He won the best talk at the 2013 URAP Symposium for his talk “Comparison of sampling methods used to study plant-pollinator systems”.  He’s now in medical school after spending time in the Peace Corps.

Julie Zill (2011-2013):  Julie and I worked together in the Moorea during the summers of 2011 and 2013.  In addition to helping with my research, we worked together on a project examining multiple stressors and are currently working on the manuscript.