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Biology Graduate Students

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Graduate Program


  • Christopher Brady
    Christopher Brady
    Graduate Student - O'Connell's Lab

    I am currently measuring the owl species richness and abundance on TNWR using autonomous digital recorders in non-commercially thinned treatment areas.

  • Anwar Bushnaq
    Anwar Bushnaq
    Graduate Student - McNeely's Lab
    SCI 275
  • Josh Chastek
    Josh Chastek
    Graduate Student - Herr's Lab
    SCI 237
  • Carolyn Connelly
    Carolyn Connelly
    Grraduate Student - McNeely's Lab
  • Kaeli Davenport
    Kaeli Davenport
    Graduate Student - Spruell, J Matos, Herr Labs
    SCI 190
  • Justin Donahue
    Justin Donahue
    Graduate Student - Magori's Lab
    208 CNH

    I graduated with a B.S. in Biology and also a B.S. in Environmental Science from EWU in 2016. My research is focused on ticks and the potential presence of the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. I hope to create a GIS based model to show tick density and potential infection risk within the refuge. 

  • Darren Ginder
    Darren Ginder
    Graduate Student - Daberkow's Lab
    SCI 273

    I received my B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry from Western Washington University in 2015. While studying for my Bachelor's Degree I discovered my love for research and my desire to continue in academia. I work in Dr. Daberkow's lab studying the role of dopamine on behavior through the use of voltammetric methods. My graduate work is centered around how changes in reward seeking behavior is influenced by dopamine neurotransmission.

  • Emily Hendrix
    Emily Hendrix
    Graduate Student - L Matos' Lab
    SCI 293

    I have just graduated with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry at Eastern Washington University. I am continuing my scholarly and professional relationships through Molecular Biology graduate studies at EWU. I am extremely interested in viral genome studies, hoping to work in biodefense with BSL 3&4 organisms.

  • Amy Joy Hess
    Amy Joy Hess
    Graduate Student - O'Quinn's Lab
    SCI 242
  • Sarah Hindle
    Sarah Hindle
    Graduate Student - McNeely's Lab
    SCI 275

    My name is Sarah; I am currently a second-year masters student in the lab of Dr. Camille McNeely.  I received my bachelor's degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, NY) in 2016 with a major in Aquatics and Fisheries Science and minor in Marine Science.  I am also an alum of Sea Semester (Woods Hole, MA). 

    My primary research at EWU concerns the characteristics of the benthic invertebrate community in the Upper Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt, and its impact on recruitment for white sturgeon larvae.  This project is in collaboration with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. 

    Sarah J Hindle
    MS student, Biology
    Eastern Washington University
    B.S.- Aquatics and Fisheries Science, SUNY-ESF

  • Shelby Hunter
    Shelby Hunter
    Graduate Student - O'Connell's Lab
    SCI 272

    "I received my B.S. in Biology focusing on wildlife management from Eastern Washington University in 2016. I was an intern for SCA at the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the summer of 2016 where I surveyed several hundred invasive plant species evaluating the efficiency of past and applied treatments where needed. My primary interests are in ornithology and behavioral ecology. The purpose of my study is to examine factors influencing roost-site selection in overwintering cavity-nesting birds. I am examining how vocalizations influence the roost-site selection and how this might vary with changing temperatures. The information yielded from my study will provide insight on how factors are affecting the overwinter survival and behavior of these keystone species. "

  • Coty Jasper
    Coty Jasper
    Graduate Student - Spruell's lab
    SCI 190

    My name is Coty Jasper and I am a graduate student in the fisheries laboratory. I plan to study the genetics of brook stickleback in the Turnbull national wildlife refuge to see if there is a genetic component that correlates to an increased fitness of any one family of stickleback. 

  • Wendal Kane
    Wendal Kane
    Graduate Student - Bastow's Lab
    SCI 235

    "I received my BS in Biology from Grand Valley State University, Michigan, in 2013. As an undergrad, I worked on an epiphytic fern community assembly project in the El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico. Post-undergrad, I worked on the Deer-Forest Project at Penn State, conducting vegetation and herbivory surveys. My graduate work concerns the return of marine derived nitrogen, via anadromous fish, to riparian zones of the Elwha River Watershed, in response to dam removal. "

  • Abigail Keever
    Abigail Keever
    Graduate Student - Ashley's lab
    238 SCI

    In 2017, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Washington University. My background in general dentistry and orthognathic surgery contributed significantly to my desire to study disease, with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. I enjoy studying signal transduction pathways, anomalies within such pathways, and how they relate to the initiation and progression of disease. My project examines how alternative glycosylation of transmembrane and soluble proteins are influenced by cellular differentiation and sex-specific gene expression. After I graduate with a Master of Science, I intend to apply to doctorate programs and eventually continue research in industry.

  • Trevor Kirby
    Trevor Kirby
    Graduate Student - Ochoa Reparaz's Lab
    SCI 289

    My name is Trevor Kirby and I am originally from Chicago, Illinois.  I started my Biology career as a Naturalist at the Brookfield Zoo where I was fortunate to have gained experience working on the social behavior of bats. During my academic career I also helped with faculty research in various areas.  I was given the wonderful opportunities to work on the JAK/STAT cellular signaling pathways and its implications involving fetal alcohol syndrome development.  While in Chicago my most impactful research experience was at Loyola University in the Stritch School of Medicine; I aided doctoral students as well as post docs in various aspects of their research on TRIM-5α and its implications towards HIV.

    Ultimately, I hope to hone my research abilities while advancing my education at EWU.  I hope to not only help advance our scientific understanding of the natural world but also to represent the LGBTQ community and to promote social respect for my fellow community members.

  • Jared Lamm
    Jared Lamm
    Graduate Student - Bastow and Brown's lab
    SCI 245

    I am interested in the interactions taking place in semi-arid grasslands between native and invasive grasses, soil microbial communities, and soil elemental composition. My previous studies suggest that Ventenata dubia is altering soil food webs and negatively impacting future plant growth. My research will focus on identifying the aspects responsible for these impacts.




  • Marissa Medina
    Marissa Medina
    Graduate Student - Bastow's lab
    SCI 235

    I received my B.S. in Biology at EWU in 2016, focusing on wildlife studies. As a graduate student, I am now focusing on topics in soil ecology. Specifically, I am interested in the effects of warming on soil organic carbon and soil biodiversity in wetlands at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. In the future, I would like to work in conservation and restoration biology.

  • Olivia Morgan
    Olivia Morgan
    Graduate Student - Brown's Lab
    SCI 245

    I am studying the plant community of former reservoirs on the Elwha River here in Washington. My research goal is to compare active and passive restoration techniques, and to compare the different vegetation survey techniques that have been used on the Elwha. I came to Eastern after two years working on river restoration projects with AmeriCorps in Vancouver.

  • Henry Price
    Henry Price
    Graduate Student - McNeely's Lab
    SCI 275
  • Chelan Rogers
    Chelan Rogers
    Graduate Student - Black lab

    I received my BS in Biology from Utah State University in 2013. My previous research experience includes working with insect biocontrol in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, invasive species of lady bird beetles, and vegetation surveys to monitor bee habitat. I am primarily interested in evolutionary ecology, particularly in invertebrate systems.  My thesis project involves phenotypic plasticity of Daphnia pulex in multi-predator systems. Specifically, I am interested in applying the well-studied phenomenon of necktooth induction via Chaoborus kairomone into an ecological context.

  • Steven Smith
    Steven Smith
    Graduate Student - L Matos' Lab
    SCI 293

    I received a B.S. in Biology from Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington, with an emphasis on virology and genomics. While at SMU I conducted research regarding specialized transduction with Enterobacteria phage T4 and gene expression and transcriptome analysis in both plant and animal models. My thesis work at EWU concerns the sequencing, assembly, and annotation of the genome of a unique entomopoxvirus found in a parasitoid wasp.

  • Cody Thomas
    Cody Thomas
    Graduate Student - Brown's Lab
    SCI 245

    My name is Cody Thomas. I graduated from EWU in 2016. Over the last few years I have been lucky enough to work as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Brown's lab, as well as pursue my own research project at TNWR. As a graduate student, my research involves studying the effects of large-scale dam removal on riparian vegetation on the Elwha River.

  • Shawna Warehime
    Shawna Warehime
    Graduate Student - Spruell and McNeely's Lab
    SCI 190
  • Alexa Whipple
    Alexa Whipple
    Graduate Student - Brown's lab
    SCI 245

    My interests bring together innovative sustainable agriculture practices, restoration of public range lands to address climate change resilience and local food/economic system security.  I am working with regional land managers and local livestock producers to advance the use of sustainable grazing practices on public lands.  My focus is particularly narrowed in on wildfire impacted riparian areas, the presence of beavers and the grazing management practices applied to sensitive riparian zones after fire. 

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