CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS
Evelyn Blakeman is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Freshwater, Marine, and Environmental Science. She spent her sophomore year collecting citizen science data on fly-flower visitation (#BeyondBees) and won the President’s Prize (1st Place) for her work, “Are Flies ‘Pollen’ Their Weight?”, at the 2019 Entomological Society of America (ESA) Conference. She is currently writing her research as part of the requirement for her Department of Biological Sciences Honors thesis and for publication in the Journal of Pollination Ecology. In her free time, Evelyn enjoys cooking and feeding the veggie scraps to her plump guinea pig, Teddy.
Helen Stec is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Honors Tutorial College (HTC) majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Mathematics at Ohio University. On campus, she is president of the Ohio University Olympic Fencing Club and treasurer of the Bobcat HART Student Association. Helen has joined the lab as an Honors Research Apprentice investigating visual communication pathways (#FlashingWingbeats) used by pestiferous mosquitoes and is funded through the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF). In her free time, Helen likes to ski and snowboard, hike, and volunteer at animal sanctuaries.
Follow Helen on Twitter for LIVE science updates @helenrstec #FlashingWingbeats
Sarah Romer is a second year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Ohio University. She is an Honors Research Apprentice working on conservation of native pollinators (#BeyondBees) and outreach education. You can hear more about the research in her OHIO University Education video here (which was awarded 1st place). She is also a member of Ohio University’s Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Sigma Xi Honors Society, and Wildlife Club. Sarah has received accolades from the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and her high school’s John Cigavic Senior Writing Award for her accomplishments in writing and storytelling. She hopes she can communicate her love of science and insects to the general public.
Sarah has always had a passion for the outdoors, follow her hiking, geocaching, or bird- and bug- watching adventures at @romerisherenow
Wesley Walsh is a fourth-year undergraduate Biology student majoring in Freshwater, Marine, and Environmental Science at Ohio University. He is conducting frog call monitoring for the Wayne National Forest Service, interning with the Hocking County Health Department for mosquito vector monitoring and control, and pursuing research investigating oviposition cues used by midge flies to locate suitable water sources (#MidgeManagementOH). When not working Wesley is often out fishing, hiking, sketching, or flipping over rocks in the search of crayfish.
Jason Sommer is a third-year student at Ohio University and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the OHIO Honors Program and a member of the Ohio University Association for Computing Machinery. Jason will be focusing his research efforts on the planning and creation of an imitation “swarm” prototype that will be used to investigate visual communication pathways, see #FlashingWingbeats. Jason is also a Drafting Intern for Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal in Triadelphia, WV. When Jason is not working, his favorite hobbies include lifting, running, and playing video games.
Wesley Beuck is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University. His first two years of undergraduate were spent studying neuroscience at Morehead State University where he researched the effects of various drugs on emotion recognition. Although much of his time there was spent studying clinical neuroscience, Wesley has recently become interested in investigating sensory transduction in swarming flies in our lab (#FlashingWingbeats). In his free time, Wesley can be found volunteering, hiking, gardening, or cooking.
Follow Wesley on Twitter for LIVE science updates @WesleyBeuck
Claire Keiser is a third-year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Actuarial Science. Interested in applied statistics, Claire joined the lab as an Honors Research Apprentice and will be using a 5-year mosquito data set from the State of Ohio to model mosquito populations and the potential for West Nile Virus outbreaks in Ohio. Claire also enjoys swimming and is a member and social media officer of the Ohio University Swim Club. In addition to numbers and swimming, Claire also enjoys volunteering, reading and painting.
Makayla Deyling is a fifth year undergraduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences. Makayla is working in the lab to gain experience in experimental design and research techniques. She will continue various experiments that had been put to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time outside in the sunshine.
Emi Olin, 2019-2020 Undergraduate Creative Activity Student- #BeyondBees illustrated outreach video won1st Place at the OHIO University virtual Student Expo. She is working on new illustrative material, check out her portfolio here.
Morgan Bickel, 2020 Undergraduate Research Student – Honors Apprentice. She is currently on leave from the lab to study for the MCAT and preparing for med school.
Madeline Sudnick, 2018-2020 Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Graduate – Honors Tutorial College Student – B.S. in Biology) – 1st Place Oral Presentation at the 2019 Entomological Society of America Conference and Goldwater Scholar. 2020 Alumni currently attending graduate school at the University of Arkansas.
Mitch Duffner, 2018-2020 Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Graduate – Honors Tutorial College Student – B.S. in Biology) – Honors Apprentice and 1st Place Poster Presentation Award – Ohio University Student Expo and OCEES, April 2018. 2020 Alumni.
Glenn Pauley, 2018 Undergraduate Research Student – Presented in the first ever Ohio University Virtual Student Expo, April 2020.
Evelyn Blakeman, 2019 Undergraduate Research Student – PACE Recipient, 1st Place Oral Presentation Award – Pollinator-Insect Ecology (P-IE) Undergraduate Research Symposium- Entomological Society of America. St. Louis, MI, 17-10 November 2019.
Julie Hixon, 2018 Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Biology), 1st Place Poster Presentation Award – Ohio University Student Expo, April 2018. 2019 Alumni currently working at Adena Regional Medical Hospital.
Aydan Wilson, 2017 Undergraduate Research Student (Ohio University Graduate – B.S. in Plant Biology) – PACE Recipient and 1st Place Poster Presentation Award – Ohio University Student Expo, April 2017. 2017 Alumni currently working at Scotts Miracle-Gro.