CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS
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 third-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 typing up 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 third-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 mating communication pathways (visual and sound) 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.
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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 divided between the Conservation Ecology lab and our lab working on conservation of native pollinators (#BeyondBees) and outreach education. You can hear more about the research in a video here. She is also a member of Ohio University’s Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor 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
Morgan Bickel is a third-year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University. She is pursuing her dream to go to medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon. On-campus she is involved in numerous groups/ organizations including, Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and she is a member of the Ohio University Cheerleading team. Morgan has joined the lab as an Honors Research Apprentice investigating communication pathways (visual and sound) used by pestiferous midge flies (#MidgeManagementOH). In her spare time, Morgan enjoys being in the sun, spending time with family and friends, shopping, and watching medical videos.
Emi Olin is a second year undergraduate student in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Medical Illustration at Ohio University. She is an undergraduate student pursuing research in human anatomy, participating in several medical infographics through corporate internships, and has achieved state- and country-wide awards as a published illustrator for children’s books and illustrative competitions. Emi has joined the lab to explore the opportunities of entomology and to assist in creating illustrations for the public’s understanding and awareness of native pollinators. In her spare time, Emi enjoys creating her own work, paddle boarding, and collecting rocks, pinecones, and animal bones for study!
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.