Lorel Shaw, Gosnell/Zarnoch Lab (Class of 2019)

Lorel is pursuing a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in mathematics at Keuka College. She is from a s mall town in upstate New York, which is where her passion for the environment began. The institution she attends places emphasis on experiential learning in order to provide experience that will help in future careers. Lorel has interacted with many professionals across a variety of scientific fields and intends to apply these lessons to her future research and education. These experiences have given her the tools necessary for a future in preserving the natural world and to have the most impact on the conservation of the environment. She intends on furthering her education by earning a PhD in environmental sciences at Cornell University or Columbia.



    Sidonie Horn, Wilson Lab (Class of 2019)

    Sidonie is a sophomore at the College of William and Mary majoring in Biology. At William and Mary she does research in an applied ecology lab. Last year, the research focused on the modeling factors that contribute to deer vehicle collisions in Virginia. This summer, Sidonie is working in Wilson lab studying behavioral dynamics in seahorses and pipefish. With this research, she hopes to continue to learn more about animal behavior, genetics and conservation biology. When not doing research Sidonie can be found at the nearest flying trapeze school.



      Quiana Berry, Staniczenko Lab (Class of 2019)

      Quiana is a Sophomore in Biology at Bronx Community College, V.P. of her Student Government and Chair of all clubs on campus, where she aims to make a positive impact on her community. She uses her role to advocate for student’s needs, spearhead successful events, create opportunities for students to express themselves, build their networks, and learn new skills, while contributing to boosting student engagement and retention. Her involvement in student government has sparked her interest in science policy and advocacy. She aspires to take the tools/knowledge provided in the BUEE program and create more awareness in her community, while implementing changes that could benefit her campus and city as a whole. Outside of academia, as a world traveler of 8+ years she enjoys photography, poetry, adventuring and immersing herself into new cultures, learning about financial investments, learning different human and computer languages and staying active through martial arts, swimming, biking and yoga.



        Valerie Kim, Gosnell/Zarnoch Lab (Class of 2019)

        Valerie Kim is a junior at Rutgers University where she is pursuing a major in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. During her sophomore year she has worked in the Floriculture Greenhouse on campus, where she was a co-exhibitor on a first place winning bulb at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Val loves to be active and enjoys being outdoors, playing field hockey, and exploring. She hopes to use the experiences and research that she conducts in the Gosnell Lab to further her passion for aquatic ecology and conservation. After graduating from Rutgers she wants to obtain her PhD, travel the world studying aquatic systems, and further the future of oceanic conservation. Subsequently, she wants to give back to her community and become a professor where she will be able to teach new passionate ecologically thinking minds.



          Izabella Kornak, Muth Lab (Class of 2019)

          Izabella is a rising junior studying environmental engineering at Cornell University, where she leads a project team focused on reducing plastic waste through sustainable design practices. Growing up in New York City, she spent many summers exploring the various parks and natural areas scattered throughout the boroughs, where her love and passion for environmental studies blossomed. She hopes to spend her career researching methods of best water management practices and furthering awareness towards water scarcity and pollution problems. This summer, Izabella will be working alongside professors Theodore Muth and Brett Branco to analyze the phytoremediation properties of the duckweed microbiome, specifically in the Prospect Park pond. Outside of research, she enjoys working out at the gym, relaxing on the Coney Island shoreline, and spending time with family.



            Ken Mey, Wilson Lab (Class of 2019)

            Ken is a senior at California State University San Marcos where he plans to obtain his degree in cellular and molecular biology. Within a molecular genetics lab, Ken has worked on several projects that range from wildlife and ecological preservation through a microsatellite study involving populations of loggerhead shrikes in the state of California, biological control for agriculture which deals with lady beetles as a form of agricultural management, and lastly population genetics where he assesses global patterns across microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s) within performed studies in order to highlight the importance of bridging the “conservation gap.” Apart from working in lab, Ken is also a supplemental instructor for genetics where he hosts lecture review sessions for students enrolled to increase retention and success in the course. After obtaining his bachelors, Ken will pursue his PhD and work within the field animal and wildlife conservation, and later extend his career to teach in academia. On his down time Ken enjoys exploring nature, reading, and expanding his music library. Send me your playlists!



              Paula Torres, Cheng Lab (Class of 2019)

              Paula is a senior at Connecticut College double majoring in Biology (Ecology concentration) and Sociology. At Connecticut College, she is a sustainability fellow where she coordinates a variety of projects to increase sustainable practices within the campus community. Furthermore, she is chair of La Voz, a common interest group geared at increasing first generation retention rates among Latinx students. Paula has also participated in a variety of research projects within the Biology, Botany and Sociology departments, which has sparked her interest in urban ecology and public health. She is excited to work with the Cheng Lab through the BUEE program this summer.



                Ruthann Richards, Cheng Lab (Class of 2019)

                Ruthann is a sophomore at Skidmore College, where she also double minors in Computer Science and Political Science. She is the president of the Environmental Action Club and treasurer of BenefAction, which is the community service club on campus. At Skidmore, she works to increase student creation and engagement when concerning sustainability initiatives on campus and in their own lives. She will be working with the Cheng Lab this summer to study soil samples from New York City and Beijing.



                  Claire Stevens, Branco Lab (Class of 2019)

                  Claire is a senior at Saint Norbert College in Illinois, where she is double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Organismal Biology. She grew up in the Chicagoland area, but has spent considerable time in rural regions as well, giving her a unique approach to urban ecology.  At Saint Norbert, Claire is involved with aquatic ecology research, and studies zooplankton community dynamics. These interests in both aquatic ecosystems and urban ecology are what inspired her application to the BUEE program. Claire is working in the Branco lab this summer and is excited to join the BUEE program.



                    Marlen Terrazas, Forlano Lab (Class of 2019)

                    Marlen is a senior at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN where she’s an Environmental Science, Ecology, and Evolution major and Environmental Studies minor.  She’s originally from Chicago, but spent a significant amount of time in Mexico as a child where she developed interests in both ecology and environmental ethics. She’s spent her 3 years at Saint Mary’s working in the Kloepper Lab, studying soundscapes within the Notre Dame area during Notre Dame Football season. Through this research, she’s developed a passion for the conservation of natural soundscapes and hopes to continue to learn more about this through work from both a scientific as well as a moral and ethical perspective. Marlen will be working in the Forlano lab this summer to continue getting more experience on this topic!



                      Kevin Adington, Smith Lab (Class of 2018)

                      Kevin is a senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Environmental Science and Mathematics with a minor in Chinese. While studying, living, and traveling in China, Singapore, and Thailand, he developed a keen interest in urbanization, urban planning, and designing sustainable and resilient cities. Kevin will be working on a project related to the efficacy of green infrastructure in the New York metropolitan area with the goal of creating a better understanding of the various technologies that cities are currently using to combat issues such as flooding and water pollution. Upon his graduation from UNC Chapel Hill, he hopes to further his education by pursuing a masters degree in Urban Planning and Design. When he isn’t studying, working, and conducting research, Kevin enjoys learning about other cultures and peoples (especially via food!).



                        Karina Arellano, Basil Lab (Class of 2018)

                        Karina is a freshman Biological Engineering student at the University of Arkansas. Her interest in urban sustainability and ecology began when she realized just how fortunate she was to live in such a green and natural state. The few times that she has visited an actual city have made her realize all that she takes for granted in her small town. Karina wants to help improve city life by implementing more efficient and reliable ways to get rid of human waste and trash. She is also interested in engineering cost-efficient ways to have green rooftops, which not only help keep the urban atmosphere clean but also reduce the temperature rises typical of cities.



                          Elena Davis, Branco Lab (Class of 2018)

                          Elena is a freshman at Queens University of Charlotte, where she plans to double minor in Sustainability Studies and Spanish. She is involved with the Sustainability Club at Queens and has recently been elected Vice President. She is interested in careers in ecology, and is very interested in learning about the different ways humans impact the environment and how to solve issues that result from this impact.



                            Christina Francis, Zarnoch Lab (Class of 2018)

                            Christina is an Earth and Environmental Science major at Unity College in Unity, Maine. Her career objective is to become a politically conscious environmental researcher. This career path stems from the belief that federal law exists as an ethical guide for the public to provide a foundation for the public’s moral compass. Because of this, law and policy are inevitable in the conversation of sustainability. Eager to expose herself to the field of environmental research, Christina spent her freshman year of college as a geoscience field and lab technician, working on two research projects: a hydrology project campus to investigate how much water moves through the campus system via runoff, natural drainage, and evaporation, and another project studying environmental change through the analysis of lake sediment cores. Genuine fascination felt during these in-lab experiences have only reassured her that her passions lie in environmental research.



                              Elise He, Cheng Lab (Class of 2018)

                              Elise is a sophomore majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and minoring in Climate Change and East Asian Studies at Cornell University. Growing up in Brooklyn, she’s always been interested in the integration of natural systems within urban systems, and vice versa, and wants to better understand the effects of human actions, contaminants, and pollutants on both natural systems and humans and how to mitigate those effects. This summer with the Cheng Lab, Elise will be studying urban soils in green infrastructure systems and urban community gardens.