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!

 

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Bug Squashers to Insect Lovers? – Elizabeth Woolner

Dec. 7, 2020

Never in my life did I think I would want to save bugs. Although I’d usually put them outside (nervously), I always freaked when seeing an earwig and I ran away from bees. If you’d asked me freshman year what lab course I’d end up doing, I would have said...

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There’s more to prairie dogs than the plague - Pat Todd

Dec. 7, 2020

I was first exposed to the world of scientific research during high school in a course called Science Research Seminar. When I realized that I could combine creativity and innovation with the findings of other scientists to benefit human impacted ecosystems, I was hooked! Today, my goal is to educate...

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Tiny Plants in High Places - Micaela Seaver

Dec. 7, 2020

My love for plant community ecology began in the trees of the Hoh Rainforest of Washington State. Here, I was fortunate enough to conduct research on the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts that live in the canopy of big-leaf maple trees with Dr. Carrie Woods of the University of Puget Sound...

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Claire Mastrangelo

Dec. 7, 2020

As an undergraduate in EBIO, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects looking at everything from barn swallows to lichens to microbes. I currently work in Dr. Steve Schmidt's lab studying soil microbial communities from around the world. My main focus right now is...

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The cost of being a parent - Sage Madden

Dec. 7, 2020

During my junior at CU Boulder, I began the process of working on an honors thesis in the Safran lab. I knew I wanted to study parental care in Barn Swallows, and after a lot of reading, I landed on a research question: how do barn swallows alter their feeding...

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Flipping the Switchgrass on Herbivory - Kevin Headrick

Dec. 7, 2020

I’m a Senior majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, graduating this spring. My research is on the genetic basis of herbivory resistance in Panicum virgatum, or switchgrass. Switchgrass is a biofuel candidate which grows over a large latitudinal gradient, from Mexico to Canada, and its several ecotypes can...

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Green and Salty - Chris Greidanus

Dec. 7, 2020

Studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has allowed me to explore my interest in microbiology through different classes and participating in research. With the help of Dr. Boswell Wing and graduate student Jennifer Reeve I am investigating how different cyanobacterial strains adapt to salinity. My research focuses on culturing two different...

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The Secret Life of Backyard Birds - Katherine Feldmann

Dec. 7, 2020

One doesn’t need to venture deep into the Amazon to see evolutionary biology at work. Rather, I simply look out my living room window. As an aspiring evolutionary biologist, I am interested in what factors are maintaining or degrading the species barrier between closely related species. Understanding what facilitates or...

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When Does a Population Become a Species? - Johanna Beam

Dec. 7, 2020

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beginning, albeit gloomier and more science lacking, per se, than the present. My college career didn’t start in Colorado, unlike many of my other peers. It began in the art studios of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It began at...

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Austin Nash

Dec. 4, 2020

EBIO senior and EBIO Accelerated Master’s student Austin Nash received a 2020 Astronaut Scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Federation. This national scholarship awards undergraduates in STEM fields who have demonstrated excellence in both research and academics and who plan to pursue an advanced degree. Austin is a member of the...

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