What are Undergraduate Highlights?
The undergraduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a thriving, inspiring hub housing passionate students who are engaged in many different applications and projects relating to their areas of curiosity and expertise. We want to highlight these innovative and developing projects and people coming out of our program, in order to support and encourage more direct engagement with the world through the lens of ecology and biology. Explore recent projects below, and help to share and support work you care about!

 

Students’ Perceptions of the Societal and Personal Implications of Education Regarding Concepts of Evolution - Samantha Steele

May 17, 2018

My experience in the EBIO honors program was very enriching. I had the opportunity to gain direct mentorship and insight from EBIO professors while maintaining agency over my own project. This program helped me develop confidence and many skills pertinent to academia and research, and I am very proud of... Read more »
three panel photo of rachel working in the lab, in the field and the funnel-web-spider - photo by Andy Better

The Effect of Experimental habit Fragmentation on the Generalist Predator, the Funnel-web Spider Atrax sutherlandi - Rachel Rigden

May 17, 2018

I am an EBIO honors student graduating this spring. Spending the latter part of my college career on my honors thesis in the Davies Lab has been an incredibly fulfilling experience. Broadly, I looked at the effects of habitat fragmentation on (1) abundance and distribution, (2) trophic position, and (3)... Read more »

Quantitative Conservation of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus): Implications of Monitoring and Modeling the Yellowstone Wolves - Michael Procko

May 17, 2018

I am most interested in quantitative conservation biology as it relates to apex carnivores. I am not officially associated with any lab in particular, but much of my work has been done under the supervision of Dr. Dan Doak of the Environmental Studies department. I was hesitant to affiliate myself... Read more »
Max posing with a pika on a rock in niwot ridge wilderness area

Using High-Resolution Snowpack Models to Explain Patterns of Habitat Loss for the American Pika - Max Wasser

May 17, 2018

I'm Max and I love pikas! Pursuing research has been an integral part of my college education for the past 3 1/2 years. My research has focused on changes in the distribution of climatically suitable habitat available to the American pika. I have worked closely with Dr. Chris Ray for... Read more »
Going into the Honors program, I expected a very difficult, rigorous experience with lots of stress, sleep deprivation, and public speaking. Consequently, 90% of me didn't want to enroll in the Honors program. But I received a lot of support from my mentor and strongly believe college is a time to challenge ourselves: as one of my professors told her class, "You don't grow in your comfort zone." Once the program began, I quickly realized that the process of writing and defending a thesis wasn't a tear-down

Pollination ecology in Penstemon: mechanisms of reproductive isolation in Penstemon virens and Penstemon secundiflorus - Kelsey Beckrich

May 17, 2018

Going into the Honors program, I expected a very difficult, rigorous experience with lots of stress, sleep deprivation, and public speaking. Consequently, 90% of me didn't want to enroll in the Honors program. But I received a lot of support from my mentor and strongly believe college is a time... Read more »
johanne conducting research on a rocky outcrop

A Stable Isotopic Study of Gnamma Hydrology in the Colorado Rocky Mountains - Johanne Albrigtsen

May 17, 2018

Conducting an independent research project that culminated in a departmental honors thesis for EBIO was the most valuable experience in my undergraduate education at CU. An honors thesis is a great glimpse into the world of original research!Read more »
emily releasing pike

Pika Response to Microhabitats on Niwot Ridge - Emily Monk

May 17, 2018

Completing an honors thesis has been the best decision I made in my college career. I was so lucky to be able to be mentored by Dr. Chris Ray, and have learned so much about how science works in fieldwork, data analysis, and communicating results. I was able to spend... Read more »
three panel photo of Dylan working and displaying fish parasites

Infection patterns and pathology of cymothoid parasite Olencira praegustator in its primary host, the commercially important Atlantic menhaden - Dylan Rose

May 17, 2018

The undergraduate honors thesis is an incredible opportunity that allows students to collaborate with experts on campus and engage in data collection/field work outside of the classroom setting. Completing my thesis in the Johnson Laboratory was a stimulating and engaging process that provided me with the necessary tools to move... Read more »
Dan receiving his honors degree

A Fresh Coat of Paint on Evolution Education Graffiti as a Model System for Observing Natural Selection in the Classroom - Daniel Bergholz

May 17, 2018

Completing an honors thesis was the most rewarding and beneficial work I've done at CU. The training wheels come off so that learning and doing could become one. This academic freedom was exciting, and creating something unique is an experience truly worth the effort.Read more »
toxoplasma cell

Toxoplasma gondii: Antibody Prevalence and Risk Factors in CU Boulder Students - Audrey Oweimrin

May 17, 2018

Conducting primary research and writing an honors thesis was one of the hardest things I did in college, but it was definitely the most rewarding. Seeing a project through from the earliest stages of study design to experimentation and results was extremely challenging but very satisfying. Doing an honors thesis... Read more »

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