Current Undergraduate Students and Interns

Joshua Bushta, B.S. Biology, Drexel University
email: jbd_99@comcast.net

During his undergraduate degree, Josh volunteered with Ph.D. Candidate Joni Baumgarten where he examined arbuscular mycorrhizae of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).  He is currently an intern working the Master’s student Steve Schulze.  They are sampling tardigrades from Plummer’s Island, MD to identify tardigrade diversity and examine their habitat use.  

 

Julia Defeo, B.S. student, Rutgers Camden Biology Department
email: julia.defeo@rutgers.edu

Julia is a rising sophomore interested in the ecology of the Pine Barrens, specifically its unique soil composition and the resulting species diversity.  She will be completing an independent study with Dr. Katie Malcolm examining the effects of fire on soil properties beginning fall 2018.  In addition, she is also interested in digital studies and environmental law. 

 

 

Tyrell Harris, B.S. student, Rowan University Biological Sciences
email: harrist5@students.rowan.edu

Tyrell is a rising senior completing an independent study with Dr. Katie Malcolm.  He is interested in understanding the ecology of prescribed burns in the NJ Pinelands, especially how leaf litter decomposes at burn sites. Tyrell is identifying microarthropod (mites and collembola) communities of decomposing leaf litter.  

 

Samantha Schofield, B.S. student, Rutgers Camden Biology Department
email: samscho@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Samantha is completing an internship (McIntire-Stennis) with Dr. John Dighton; pine trees produce resin in response to insect damage and they are investigating if the resin affects wood decomposition.  Along with her work at the Pinelands Field Station, Samantha is completing an independent study with Dr. Amy Savage (Rutgers Camden) analyzing the effects of fine-scale habitat complexity on arthropod diversity in urban environments.  

Former Undergraduates and Interns (2009 onwards)

2018

  • Michael Nicolette, Rutgers New Brunswick, independent study
  • Rebecca Vanarnam, University of Miami, volunteer

2017

  • Gabrielle Kershaw, University of Iowa, independent study
  • Tara Santora, Oberlin College, independent study

2016

  • Josh Bushta, Drexel University, volunteer
  • Nila Colon-Street, Rutgers Camden, independent study
  • Gabriel Farrell, Drexel University, cooperative student
  • JenBeth Johnson, Rutgers Camden, independent study
  • Jacqueline Pham, Rutgers Camden, volunteer
  • Elizabeth Pyshnik, Rutgers SEBS, independent study
  • Igor Sokolenko, Drexel University, cooperative student

2015

  • Josh Bushta, Drexel University, volunteer
  • Gabriel Farrell, Drexel University, cooperative student
  • JenBeth Johnson, Rutgers Camden, independent study
  • Jacqueline Pham, Rutgers Camden, volunteer

2014

  • Evan Baum, Drexel University, cooperative student
  • Citlally Garcia, Fairliegh Dickinson University, Alliance/Merck Ciencia Hispanic Scholars Program
  • Kyle Kendzierski, Rutgers – Camden, independent study
  • Melissa Kane, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer
  • Matthew Desiderio, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer

2013

  • Evan Baum, Drexel University, cooperative student
  • Rick Stevens, Drexel University, cooperative student
  • Jocelyn Wardlaw, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer
  • Melissa Kane, Rutgers – Camden, McIntire Stennis
  • Michelle Wong, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer
  • Danielle Itri, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer
  • Heather Stang, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer, independent study
  • Christopher Norlack, Rutgers – Camden, volunteer, independent study
  • Tina Le, Rutgers – Camden, Q-STEP student
  • John Rapacz, Rutgers, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Lars Hoeger, Dartmouth College, volunteer, independent study

2012

  • Daniel Ricketti, Rutgers – Camden, McIntire Stennis, independent study
  • Maria Castro, Union County College, independent study

2011

  • Domenic Antolik, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Zachary Borden, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Iveth (Rosa) Mejia, Union County College, independent study
  • Matthew Verosloff, Rutgers-New Brunswick, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Emily Waters, Hampshire College, National Science Foundation Finland project

2010

  • Krystle Frederick, William Patterson University, Research Experiences for Undergraduates student
  • Christina Homer, University of California, paid student employee
  • Melissa Kendall, Rutgers-Camden, volunteer
  • Brian Lallier, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Katalin Malcolm, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Iveth (Rosa) Mejia, Union County College, independent study
  • Lauren Quast, Philadelphia University, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Sarah Smith, Rutgers Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Jonathan Swanson, Gloucester County College, Research Experiences for Undergraduates student
  • Emily Waters, Hampshire College, volunteer

2009

  • Andrew Cortese, SUNY ESF, Research Experiences for Undergraduates student
  • Kim Donat, Rutgers-Camden, independent study
  • Dana Heiser, Rutgers-Camden, volunteer
  • William Johnson, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Mason Kelly, University of New England, Research Experiences for Undergraduates student
  • Melanie Maghirang, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project
  • Amelia Min-Venditti, Rice University, Research Experiences for Undergraduates student
  • Elizabeth Stedman, Rutgers-Camden, National Science Foundation Finland project