Prior U/G Students


Darrick GAtes

Darrick Gates

2018 U/G Fall Study: Awarded a Bill and Diana Wipperfurth Scholarship, Darrick Gates studies better detection methods of E. coli

Currently: Darrick is currently working on a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) research funded project examining E. coli presence in agricultural produce using Imaging Flow Cytometry 

Webpage: https://www.gvsu.edu/gvnext/2018/researcher-studying-whether-food-production-could-be-safer-10609.htm


Darrick Gates

Darrick Gates

2018 U/G study: AWRI Undergraduate Summer Internship - Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) analysis using Imaging Flow Cytometry

Currently: Darrick is currently working on a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) research funded project examining E. coli presence in agricultural produce using Imaging Flow Cytometry 

Webpage: https://www.gvsu.edu/wri/facultystaff-directory-114.htm?recordId_1=A940E390-556C-BE57-27F18CB5F24CC197#E2546E5C-5213-4607-E3DE1C8F171B52F7


Jennifer Kovach

Jennifer Kovach, BS

2017 U/G study: NSF REU (Award #1461249) summer fellow - Immunology of Michigan rattlesnakes

Currently: Jennifer is an MS graduate student at Grand Valley State University working on the immunology of rattlesnakes 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-kovach-826122134/


Rebekah Bryant

Rebekah Bryant

2017 U/G study: NSF REU (Award #1461249) summer fellow - Viral ecology of sediment cores of Lake Michigan

Currently: Rebekah is a fourth-year student at Rice University.  She is nearly finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and an Environmental Science degree. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rlabryant/


Marielys Santana

Marielys Santana

2016 U/G study: NSF REU (Award #1461249) summer fellow - Viral particles associated with Quagga mussels

Currently: We presume Marielys is near completion or has completed her BS.


Jacob Rumschlag

Jacob Rumschlag, BS

2016 U/G study: Herbert VanderMey Intern - Toxin analysis of microcystis using flow cytometry

Currently: Jacob is currently an MS student at the University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, MI

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-rumschlag-00ab05a0/
 


Kelsey Hubble

Kelsey Hubble, BS

2015 U/G study: NSF REU (Award #1461249) summer fellow - Viruses of Muskegon Lake

Currently: Kelsey is currently working as an Associate Formulation Scientist at STERIS, located in Saint Louis, Missouri

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelsey-hubble-599283a3/
Email: kelsey.d.hubble@gmail.com


Hannah Franko, BS

Hannah Franko, BS

2015 U/G study: NSF REU (Award #1461249) summer fellow - Isolation, purification, and identification of coral diseases

Currently: Hannah is currently a Patient Care Assistant at Mercy, located in Aurora, CO

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-franko-74a17915b/
Email: hannahfranko@yahoo.com


Emily Luke

Emily Luke, BS

2015 U/G study: Increased presence of Cercarial dermatitis (caused by cercariae of Austrobilharzia variglandis), known as "Swimmers Itch", in Michigan Lakes 

Currently: Emily is a Pharmacy Technician at Walgreens Pharmacy, located in Wayne, MI.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-luke-33655698/


Courtney Cave 2

Courtney Cave, BS

2014 U/G study: Diseases of zebra mussels

Currently: Courtney is in Medical School here in Michigan.  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/courtney-cave-27212b82/


Courtney Cave

Courtney Cave, BS

2013 U/G study: Diseases of Diporeia

Currently: Courtney is in Medical School here in Michigan.  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/courtney-cave-27212b82/
 


Justin Rizzari

Justin Rizzari, Ph.D.

2010 U/G study: Reef restoration practices

Currently: Dr. Justin Rizzari is a Lecturer in Fisheries Science, School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University, Australia  
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 73141
Homepage: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/justin-rizzari
Email: justin.rizzari@deakin.edu.au


Misti Grohman now Johnson

Misti (Grohmann) Johnson, MS

2010 U/G study: Immunology of Leptogorgia virgulata

Currently: Misti works as a HES Professional at Marathon Oil Corporation, located in San Antonio, Texas

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/misti-johnson-cpesc-376bbb49/detail/contact-info/
Email: misti_mari_1987@yahoo.com


Dale Cochran

Dale Cochran, MS

2009 U/G study: Ocean acidification and microalgae as biofuels

Currently: Dale works as a Laboratory and Life Science Technician at Trinity University, located in San Antonio, Texas.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dale-cochran-67676796/
 


Michelle White

Michelle White, MS

2007 U/G study: Toxicity of MTBE (Methyl tert-butyl ether) on gorgonian corals as invasive species

Currently: Michelle currently works as a Project Assessor at Partner Engineering & Science, Inc. (located in San Antonio Texas).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-white-b370a925/
Email: michelle.white22@yahoo.com


Logan Squiers

Logan Squiers, MS

2007 U/G study: Decoding the mysteries of fire corals of the Bahamas

Currently: Logan currently works as an Environmental Engineer at Georgia-Pacific, LLC (located in Corvallis, Oregon).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/logan-squiers-5467a139/


Michelle White

Michelle White, MS

2006 U/G study: Effects of toluene, a gasoline component, on coral reef habitat

Currently: Michelle currently works as a Project Assessor with Partner Engineering & Science, Inc (San Antonio, TX)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-white-b370a925/
Email: michelle.white22@yahoo.com


Alyssa Dailey

Alyssa (Dailey) Squiers

2006 U/G study: Suitability of gorgonian reef habitat for fish in Laguna Madre

Currently:  Alyssa Squiers is currently an Aquarium Science and Biology Faculty member at Oregon Coast Community College, located in South Beach, Oregon.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssa-squiers-69017663/


Larissa M. (Bright) Dias

Larissa (Bright) Dias, MS

2006 U/G study: Extraction of chemically important compounds from deep-sea corals.

Currently: Larissa is currently a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larissa-dias-66715b34/


Amber Miller

Amber Miller, MS

2006 U/G study: The effects of global warming on giant barrel sponges (Xestospongia muta) in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Currently: Amber works as a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) located in Houston, TX.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amber-n-miller-99709799/


Heather L. Butler

Heather L. Butler

2006 U/G study: Temperature susceptibility of Montastraea cavernosa to heat stress.