January 20, 2023

The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP welcomes twenty-two new Ph.D. fellows starting in spring 2023, including our Diversity and Rural Environmental Health Fellows. This will be the largest and most diverse cohort we have welcomed to the program. The incoming cohort reflects the disciplinary diversity of the Global Change Center, representing eight different departments and five colleges across the VT campus!

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    Mona Abadian

    Ph.D. Student | Sustainable Biomaterials | Circular Economy, sustainable transformation strategies, socio-economic systems

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    Julia 'Reilly' Brennan

    Ph.D. Student | Entomology | Tick-borne disease, tropical tick ecology

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    Mariana Castaneda-Guzman

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Data analytics, remote sensing, ecological niche modeling, climate change, biodiversity conservation

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    Priscila dos Reis Cunha

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Socio-ecological systems, natural resource use, indigenous and traditional communities, biodiversity conservation

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    Elizabeth Daniel

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Sciences | Macroevolution, physiological evolution, evolution of thermal adaptations

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    Kathleen Hohweiler

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Systems Engineering | Drinking water quality, contaminants of emerging concern, private drinking water systems, public health

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    Emma Hultin

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Freshwater ecosystems, population dynamics modeling

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    Shariful Islam

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Infectious disease at the wildlife-human interface

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    Abir Jain

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Species interactions, seed dispersal, global change ecology, restoration, conservation, science communication

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    Sambath Jayapregasham

    Ph.D. Student | Agricultural and Applied Economics | Agricultural economics, remote sensing, risk management, international development

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    Sarah Juster

    Ph.D. Student | Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation | Agroforestry in refugee settings, social dimensions of tree-based interventions, participatory mapping

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    Carla López Lloreda

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Sciences | Watershed biogeochemistry, greenhouse gasses, carbon cycling, disturbance impacts

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    Jay Margolis

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Sciences | Evolutionary biology, behavior and coloration in birds, the evolution of sexual dimorphism and social signaling

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    Katie Mayer

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Sciences | Aquatic toxicology, immunology, and ecology; effects of emerging contaminants of concern on freshwater ecosystems

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    Casey McLaughlin

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Sciences | Ecotoxicology, ecophysiology, neuroendocrinology, ornithology

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    Zoie McMillian

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Conservation social science, illegal wildlife trade, herpetology, conservation biology

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    Megan Moran

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Population genetics and ecology, disease ecology, endangered species management

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    Christy Pototsky

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Conservation social science, ornithology, citizen science, socio-ecological interactions in bird feeding

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    Bridget Re

    Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Conservation biology, impact of habitat loss and climate change on endangered species, ornithology

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    Becki Riddle

    Ph.D. Student | Planning, Governance & Globalization | Water security, water policy and management, public education and engagement, science communication

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    Meredith Snyder

    Ph.D. Student | Biological Sciences | Microbial ecology, soil biogeochemistry, ecosystem science, pyrogenic carbon

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    Amina Tithi

    Ph.D. Student | School of Plant and Environmental Sciences | Environmental pollutants and human health

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