Emma Chandler

M.S. | Advisor: Dr. Steve Travers
Biological Sciences | ECS track: Conservation Biology
temperature tolerance; Solanum carolinense; adaptation 

“The ECS department is an incredibly diverse group of academics who strive to create an atmosphere in which a broad range of research topics can be discussed. This allows for unique perspectives from researchers in many different areas of expertise.”

Annaka Clement

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Lydia Tackett
Geosciences | ECS track: Conservation Biology
paleoecology; late Triassic; invertebrate fossils and microfossils

“Being part of a multidisciplinary department provides a unique opportunity to gain inspiration, skills, and methods from other fields. This has spurred some creative approaches in my own research, and helps ensure that I can communicate my work to a broader audience.”

Lionel Di Santo

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Jill Hamilton
Biological Sciences | ECS track: Conservation Biology
conservation of biodiversity; population genetics; bioinformatics

“ECS is a multidisciplinary program welcoming scientists with various backgrounds and research interests. With every seminar or social interaction, you are guaranteed to learn something.”

Sara Gibbs Schnucker

M.S. | Advisor: Dr. Ken Lepper
Geosciences | ECS track: Environmental Social Science
geology; Lake Superior; OSL Dating

“As someone who loves stepping out of her academic comfort zone, ECS offers fantastic opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary conversations, both with students and faculty!”

Mustari Khanaum

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Shafiqur Rahman
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering | ECS track: Environmental Science
wastewater; microbial fuel cell (MFC); exoelectrogen

“From the very beginning I had a zeal doing research in Environmental Sciences. Technological advancement and research works performing by ECS is very much closely allied to my research interest.”

Berkay Koyuncu

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Trung Le
Civil and Environmental Engineering | ECS track: Environmental Science
river hydraulics; impact of ice layer; meandering flows

“I really enjoy the freedom and diversity ECS provides to the students when building a background and choosing the study path. This will allow you to expand your research in the direction of your latest interests in Environmental Sciences.”

Tong Lin

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Zhulu Lin
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

Sekhar M A

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Ned Dochtermann
Biological Sciences | ECS track: Conservation Biology
animal behavior; behavioral syndromes and plasticity; sensory ecology; conservation biology

Being an ECS student helps me to explore a variety of topics in depth through constant support and valuable guidance. The multidisciplinary research structure of ECS enables students to pursue the questions that they find interesting in a systematic manner.

Jacob Walker-Swaney

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Kalidas Shetty
Plant Sciences | ECS track: Conservation Biology
plant biochemistry; public health; traditional ecological knowledge

“My favorite part about the ECS program is the wide array of research going on in our program. At any given Greenbag session, we could be hearing about soil health or even things like nanoparticle research!!”

Justin Waraniak

Ph.D. | Advisor: Dr. Craig Stockwell
Biological Sciences | ECS track: Conservation Biology
population genetics; amphibians; wetlands; adaptation; agriculture

“I chose to study as part of the ECS program because much of the science being conducted today that deals with the greatest ecological challenges we face requires people working from diverse perspectives. ECS facilitates interactions with a friendly community of people from biology, geology, environmental engineering, and other fields in the environmental sciences!”

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