Ambassadors

 
Josiah Nelson- Ph.D. Student

My Research
My primary research focus is the foraging ecology and habitat use of North Dakota bat species and consists of both radio telemetry and acoustic studies. I’m also continuing a winter study with the goal of identifying and documenting hibernacula, over-winter species presence, and winter habitat use of bats in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit).

What do I like about ECS?
Conservation of species, habitat, and resources is very important to me. The ECS program allows me to do research with a conservation focus while still getting a well-rounded educational experience.

Josiah.Nelson@.ndsu.edu


Ruchi Joshi- Ph.D. Student

My Research
I work with Cryptosporidium (oocysts), a protozoan parasite that primarily causes Cryptosporidiosis in humans and other hosts. It can be fatal to immuno-compromised and immuno-suppressed hosts such as patients with AIDS, Cancer, Transplanted organs, etc. So far, the ‘excystation mechanism’ is incompletely understood. Thus, learning about excystation can lead to a better understanding of environmental persistence and host specificity of Cryptosporidium. It can also help scientists to identify environmental and chemotherapeutic interventions. As a researcher of C. parvum, I am attempting to examine what triggers excystation and explore the post-translational differences between unexcysted and excysted oocysts.

What I like about ECS?
ECS Program is like a buffet of diverse scientific-cultures, where, I come across students, faculty and, professionals from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, the interdisciplinary group of people from around the globe allow us to share our diverse experiences and build a lifelong relationship besides academics. The friendly environment and exciting events in this program makes me enjoy every bit of it! Learn, Laugh, Love….Science!

Ruchi.Joshi@ndsu.edu


Brianna Stenger- Ph.D. Student

My research
I am interested in host-parasite interactions and co-evolution between Cryptosporidium spp.(genus of protozoanparasites) and small mammals(squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles, etc). This work is of interest to conservation biologists because of the importance of emerging diseases as a challenge to wildlife populations as well as to human health.

What I like about ECS?
There are many things I like about the ECS program. The students and faculty are very friendly and more than willing to help if you need a hand. I also like ECS because I can work within multiple departments, benefitting from the expertise and equipment from each department. The ECS program also helps you network and collaborate with people that have similar goals, but are from very different scientific discipline

Brianna.L.Schneck@my.ndsu.edu


Dhriti Roy- Ph.D. Student

My research
My research is focused on nitrification by ammonia oxidizing archea, and bio-geo-chemical cycle of nitrogen. These questions are of particular importance for microbial ecology and archeal ammonia oxidation which is a key component fr global nitrogen cycle.

What do I like about ECS?
The interdisciplinary nature of ECS provides enormous opportunities for students to be involved in diverse research projects, ranging from nanotechnology to biotechnology. The program serves as a great platform for those who have dream to implement their own research ideas. The ECS program has a diverse group of people with students and faculty from around the world.

Dhritikshama.Roy@ndsu.edu


Katie Needham- Ph.D. Student

My research
My research is focused on understanding reproductive timing through hormonal mechanisms in songbirds, such as the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), house sparrow (Passer domesticus), and white-winged junco (Junco hyemalis). This work is important to conservation science because without the knowledge basis for how birds respond to their environment, we cannot predict long-term impacts of a changing world from global warming and urbanization on reproductive success.

What do I like about ECS?
I was immediately drawn to ECS for its interdisciplinary nature and wide range of opportunities for students. Faculty and students in the program are exceptionally welcoming, making an environment conducive to collaboration. If you are at all interested in environmental or conservation science work, this is the program to be in!

Katie.ellis@ndsu.edu