Mitch Duffner is a third 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. 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.
Madeline Sudnick is a second 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) and donations through Sindisa Conservation Fund. In her spare time, she wakes up very early (for fun) to bird watch and band birds. Maddie recently presented preliminary findings and won the first place award for her poster, “Nest structure, temperature and blow fly (Protocalliphora) parasitism in nest box breeding birds”!
Olivia Amos is a fourth year student majoring in Wildlife and Conservation at Ohio University. This fall, in addition to being a full time student, she has been working to develop the ultimate wasp attractant using combinations of attractive sight and smell cues.
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.