Anna Pasternak is a recent graduate from Ohio University (Spring 2018) with a Bachelors in Environmental Biology and a Environmental Science Certificate. She is currently working 2 jobs(!): investigating various topics in insect ecology at Ohio University and disease vectoring in local mosquitos at the Athens City-County Health Department. She is specifically interested in environmental entomology and is considering graduate schools to continue her education in the area of science outreach and education. When she is not working (in her copious free time), she enjoys cuddling her dog.
Mitch Duffner is a third year Honors Tutorial College (HTC) student majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University. His interests are broad ranging from evolutionary studies, parasite vectors, and animal behavior and ecology. This summer he will working on entomology-related research with a focus on fly mate location. Outside of academia, he is passionate about film, music, art, and sports. He is a huge fan of the NBA (go Cavs!) and plays sports recreationally as much as possible. During the summer, he likes to create projects for himself involving design and sketch-work, often inspired by whatever film or topic holds his obsession at the time (currently flies!). He has also written multiple articles for an online student-run magazine at Ohio University called Speakeasy.
Julie Hixson is a second year student majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University, Chillicothe. She is working in the lab and field to identify floral visual cues used by fly pollinators. When she is not exploring interactions between plants and pollinators, she is riding ATVs, camping, hiking, and reading. She is excited about the opportunity to combine her love for the outdoors with her academic interests.
Amanda Frazier is currently working on a degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, a minor in Environmental and Plant Biology as well as certificates in Environmental Studies and Geographic Information Sciences. She is currently working 3 jobs(!): evaluating larvicides used in wastewater treatment plants at Ohio University and disease vectoring in local mosquitos at the Athens City-County Health Department and at the Salvation Army. When she is not working these 3 jobs (her copious free time), she enjoys spending time with family and pets, as well as hiking, birding and reading.