CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS
Mitch Duffner is a fourth year Honors Tutorial College (HTC) student and Honors Apprentice majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University. His interests are broad ranging from evolutionary studies, parasite vectors, and animal behavior and ecology. He is working on entomology-related research with a focus on midge fly resource 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.
Madeline Sudnick is a third year Honors Tutorial College (HTC) student majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University. She is an undergraduate research student in the Avian Behavioral and Physiological Ecology Lab with one foot in our lab because she is working on a project identifying novel management practices for the avian bird blow fly (AKA #VampireMaggots). Maddie is funded through the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF), Ohio University Research Committee (OURC), and donations through Sindisa Conservation Fund. In her spare time, she wakes up very early (for fun!) to bird watch and band birds.
Evelyn Blakeman is a second year Ohio University undergraduate student double majoring in Marine and Freshwater Biology and Environmental Plant Biology. Her interest in exploring the natural world and preserving the environment led her to work with us. She participates in fly pollinator research (#BeyondBees) and midge resource location (#MidgeManagementOH). When she’s not in the lab, Evelyn enjoys spending her calm afternoons practicing yoga and her evenings in the kitchen, hanging out with her friends while experimenting with new recipes.