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PhD/MS Students

Aria McComber

September 14, 2021 12:20 PM
Aria is a master's student in Environmental Science. She is interested in corporate sustainability, environmental health, international development, and environmental economics. Before being recruited by BYU's volleyball team, she received a degree in business administration from Washington State University. Read More

Sarah Witney

February 03, 2023 08:49 PM
A recent BYU graduate in Psychology in Spanish, Sarah Witney hopes to use this opportunity to help her community be a positive force for the environment. She is open to learning anything and looks forward to growing her understanding of the issues and solutions. “Be the climate change you wish to see in the world.” Read More

Paden Allsup

October 06, 2023 09:41 AM
Paden is a Master’s student from Orem, Utah, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 2022. He spends an irresponsible amount of time climbing, fly fishing, and studying Alpine environments, more specifically the water in them. His research interests are in finding Machine Learning applications to Ecohydrological problems. His prior research involves using Recurrent Neural Networks to predict and model Hydrochemical behavior of the Colorado River. Read More

Undergraduate Students

Valeria Prieto

October 06, 2023 12:09 AM
Valeria is a lab manager in the Abbott Lab. She is studying Environmental Science & Sustainability. She is an international student from Huancayo, Peru. Valeria loves learning about the environment and different peoples. She hopes to help people connect with nature, and would love to find ways to improve Peruvians’ life quality through environmental science research. Read more

Audrey Rathke

September 22, 2022 11:43 AM
Audrey is a lab manager in the Abbott Lab. She is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She loves water and is striving to learn anything about water: lakes, streams, ponds, oceans, etc. She is intrigued with all of the biological, chemical, physical, and geographical components of freshwater and saltwater systems. When she is not learning, Audrey enjoys decorating cakes, painting, photography, water skiing, tennis, and reading. Read more

Kylee Mecate

January 18, 2021 09:50 AM
Kylee is a lab manager in the Abbott Lab. She is an undergraduate from Imperial, California. She’s majoring in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation, and she’s always had a passion for animals, being outside, and the beach/ocean. Read more

Becca Black

September 22, 2022 11:26 AM
Becca is a sophomore in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation and is interested in restoration ecology, particularly in wetland and river systems. She is from central Wisconsin, and enjoys reading, plant ID, making bread, and writing in the third person :)

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James Bryan

October 06, 2023 12:05 AM
James is from Oregon and is beginning his penultimate year of a microbiology degree. He is hoping to attend graduate school after finishing at BYU, and is hoping to work in nursing. His hobbies include drag, cooking, sewing, baking, and activism! Read more

Olivia Burns

January 16, 2023 10:29 PM
Olivia Burns is an undergrad from New Richmond, Wisconsin studying Environmental Science and Sustainability and minoring in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. She is passionate about ecology, environmental law, environmental journalism, and sustainable development. In her free time, she loves backpacking, going through her camera roll, and reading (or looking at pictures in) the National Geographic. Read more

Karoline Busche

January 16, 2023 10:25 PM
Karoline is an Environmental Science and Sustainability student graduating in April 2024. Her research interests are water conservation, and environmental education. She loves learning languages, hiking, fashion, and laughing. Read more

Matthew Bustos

February 11, 2023 06:56 PM
Matthew Bustos is an undergraduate student from Lubbock, Texas studying Biochemistry. He studied at the University of Texas prior to transferring to BYU. He hopes this opportunity helps to further his understanding on environmental research and deepen his laboratory skills and understanding. His interests include water conservation, tennis, and pickleball. Read more

Hannah Butterfield

September 22, 2022 11:18 AM
Hannah is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She loves learning and hopes to work with them when she graduates. She loves her current job at a greenhouse. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, crocheting, playing with her cat, and visiting local restaurants.

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Austin Child

February 02, 2024 11:53 AM
Austin is an undergrad studying Applied Mathematics (for now at least). He has many different interests that make it difficult to pick one pathway forward, but he is super excited to find connections between environmental sustainability and mathematical analysis. His two favorite things are putting on fresh clothes right out of the dryer and finding new places to explore. His favorite body of water is Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone.
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Joshua Christensen

January 16, 2023 10:31 PM
Joshua is an undergraduate student from Cincinnati, Ohio studying computer science. Despite his best efforts, he developed a love of Nature after years of being dragged up mountains by his tree hugging father. Now, he hopes to contribute to building a better world in whatever way he can. When he’s not furiously typing on his laptop, he enjoys playing rocket league, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and cooking. More information can be found at https://josh.christen.se/n Read more

Clarissa de Leon

May 26, 2023 08:16 AM
Clarissa is an undergraduate from Miami, Florida and is currently studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with an Urban and Regional Planning Minor. Living very close to the Everglades for most of her life, she hopes to help conserve and restore wetlands and see how to improve the relationship between wetlands and humans. She also aspires to work with cities to see how, as a community, they can live more sustainably at a local level while also addressing their needs. Other hobbies she enjoys include playing guitar, reading, doing service, and spending time with friends and family. Read more

George Eppel

October 06, 2023 12:18 AM
George is a Sophomore student studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is a first generation South African American who grew up across the US as well as France and Singapore. He is fascinated by regenerative agriculture and restoration ecology. He also loves making niche playlists on Spotify, reading the classics, learning new languages, and growing orchids. Read more

Eliza Hammari

September 22, 2022 11:37 AM
Eliza is an undergrad majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability. She has a passion for protecting and preserving our beautiful earth and hopes to help others become better stewards of the fascinating world we live in. She enjoys reading, cooking, creating art of any kind, and anything outdoors.

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Noah Hancock

October 06, 2023 09:30 AM
Noah is an undergrad senior studying Public Health: Environmental/ Occupational Health emphasis with a minor in Environmental Science and Sustainability. He’s from Lake Tahoe, California, and loves snowboarding, reggae music, and enjoying the beauty of the earth and our surroundings. Noah works for BYU Risk Management calibrating industrial hygiene equipment and doing environmental and air quality testing. Read more

Bruce Holmes

February 11, 2023 06:55 PM
Bruce is an undergraduate student from Idaho Falls, Idaho studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He hopes to help prevent environmental degradation and better understand how we can live on this earth sustainably. He enjoys board games, birdwatching, and attempting to grow bonsai. Read more

Joshua Housley

August 25, 2023 08:58 PM
Joshua is an undergraduate researcher studying Microbiology. His research interests include microbial ecology, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. In his free time he enjoys cycling, skiing, and gardening. Read more

Bethany Hurt

February 03, 2023 08:54 PM
Bethany is an undergraduate student from Montgomery Village, Maryland studying Environmental Science with a minor in music. She hopes to work with water resource management in the future. Some of her passions include playing piano and ukulele, singing in the BYU Women’s Chorus, hiking, cooking, Lord of the Rings, and sword fighting. Read more

Coleman Jarvis

October 06, 2023 12:12 AM
Coleman is a freshman planning on a major in Environmental Science and Sustainability. Having lived around vulnerable, yet incredible natural environments, Coleman feels inclined to help preserve our planet and the places that people call home. Coleman’s hobbies include running, being outdoors, watching football (especially BYU), listening to Taylor Swift, and eating enchiladas. He is excited to be a part of the Labbott and other environmental communities on campus! Read more

Shannon Lambson

January 12, 2021 09:41 PM
Shannon Lambson is the co-field manager in the lab and an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. Her interests include wildlife conservation, improving women’s health in developing countries, and watching reruns of the Crocodile Hunter.
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Leen Lindsey

January 16, 2023 10:23 PM
Leen is a sophomore undergrad from Simi Valley, California studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is also minoring in business with hopes of pursuing a career involving sustainability within businesses. He enjoys spending his free time lifting weights at the gym and trying new foods. Read more

Audrey Lofthouse

January 16, 2023 10:10 PM
Audrey is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with a minor in Geospatial Science and Technology (GIS). She has lived in various places, including Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Colorado, and Germany, and enjoys the outdoors wherever she goes. Her hobbies include trail running, crossfit, calligraphy, and traveling. She hopes to pursue atmospheric science/climatology in graduate school, after which she can eventually just “do science” for a living, and maybe even live in Antarctica for a bit. Read more

Hannah Mikesell

January 16, 2023 10:20 PM
Hannah is an undergraduate student from San Diego, California studying Biodiversity & Conservation with an Environmental Science & Sustainability minor. They’re passionate about wildlife conservation, combating climate change, and equality. They love learning new facts about various species, hiking, video games, and losing themselves in a good story. Read more

Meredith Murdock

October 06, 2023 12:13 AM
Meredith is a Junior studying Environmental Science & Sustainability and Economics. She is from Missoula Montana and grew up loving the outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, rafting, kayaking, reading, and playing tennis. After her undergrad she hopes to work in environmental policy and environmental economics. Read more

Megan Nebeker

January 12, 2021 09:32 PM
Megan is an undergraduate student studying exercise science from Oregon. She loves learning more about the environment, and ways that we can protect it. She is planning on becoming a physical therapist. In her spare time she enjoys go hiking, visit national parks, and play tennis.
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Jansen Nipko

December 13, 2022 04:49 PM
Jansen Nipko is from West Jordan Utah and is an engaged student in the Environmental Science and Sustainability major. Since his freshman year at BYU, he has been working in the Aanderud lab, involved in projects with CoVid tracing in campus wastewater and microbial DNA extraction/analysis of arctic soil samples. He has spent the last two summers working under Dr. Ben Abbott in the frozen tundra of Northern Alaska doing research on Arctic river systems and photo-biodegradability of Arctic river carbon. Jansen loves backcountry skiing, singing to Broadway tunes, climbing, and watching rom-coms. Read more

Phineas Parker

October 06, 2023 09:28 AM
Phineas is an undergrad student from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a pre-law student, studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. Phineas loves all outdoor activities especially skiing, rock climbing, and backpacking. Phineas is passionate about environmental issues and preserving our beautiful planet. Read more

Harriet Parkinson

September 28, 2022 03:01 PM
Harriet is an undergraduate student from Boise, Idaho studying Geography with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning. She looks forward to professional opportunities to advocate for sustainable development, but for now celebrates individual actions such as buying all of her clothes second-hand. In her free time, Harriet can be found outside hiking or playing ultimate frisbee.

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Allison Phillips

October 06, 2023 12:07 AM
Allison is from Southern California and in her last year studying Environmental Science with a minor in International Development. She loves plants and would love to work in sustainable agriculture and food security. Her hobbies include crochet, cooking, playing basketball, and staring at ducks! Read more

Ella Reid

October 06, 2023 09:32 AM
Ella is an undergrad student from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is studying Environmental Science & Sustainability with a minor in Business. Ella is interested in studying conservation and sustainability. Having grown up in the desert, water conservation is an issue close to her heart. Ella loves skiing, hiking, and generally being outside. She loves working in the field, and exploring the outdoors of Utah County. Read more

Eduardo Rios

February 02, 2024 11:51 AM
Eduardo is a senior at the Marriott School of Business specializing in Global Supply Chain Management with a secondary focus on Environmental Science and Sustainability. Interested in the intersection of business and science, he plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate and an MBA. Read more

Kirsten Steele

September 22, 2022 11:40 AM
Kirsten is an undergrad studying Mechanical Engineering. She wants to be a real scientist when she grows up. She enjoys biking as a mode of ‘long’ distance travel, rollerblading in random parking lots and/or along the provo river, playing with electronics and reading Brandon Sanderson or psychology books.

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Katy Thomas

January 24, 2022 02:24 PM
Katy is an undergrad studying Environmental science and minoring in Business and Urban and Regional Planning. She hopes to help cities and companies become more sustainable through planning and consulting. In her free time she likes to read books, play video games and cook. She hopes to make a difference by making the world a little bit better than it was before. Read more

Nathan Thompson

September 14, 2021 11:43 AM
Nathan is an undergraduate from Rexburg, Idaho studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He has a passion for outdoor recreation and helping others get involved in those types of activities (backcountrybasics.org). He cares deeply for the environment and hopes to help everyone to become better stewards of this beautiful world. Read more

Elli Vickers

October 06, 2023 12:01 AM
Elli is from Germany and a senior in Biochemistry. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, learning languages, and growing plants. In her free time she is also active in several sustainability initiatives and is very passionate about preserving the environment. Read more

Megan White

September 22, 2022 11:31 AM
Megan is an undergraduate student at BYU studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with a minor in music. In the future, she hopes to work as a sustainability counselor and help large cities transition to renewable energy sources. She enjoys reading, drawing, sewing, cooking, making music, and anything to do with the outdoors.
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Becky Wilson

May 10, 2023 05:19 PM
Becky loves arranging vegetables on platters, watching waves crash on the shores of her hometown in California, and face-timing her family sprinkled throughout the United States. She studies the impact and meaning of art as an interdisciplinary Humanities major and is interested in works which deepen relationships with the environment; increase understanding and empathy; and build communities. She hopes she can do something to give back to our shared home. Read more

Past Students

Russel Anderson

Russel is somewhere between senior and graduating, studying physics and political science. His hobbies and work are inseparably full of research and writing, and he hopes for his career to end up in academia with a focus on tackling complex problems like climate change and political corruption. When he’s not doing any of that, he’s probably listening to music, playing video games, or talking people’s ears off about random history things.

Brian Brown

Brian Brown is a Master’s Student in Environmental Science. His undergraduate degree (BYU ‘19) was in Bioinformatics with a minor in Computer Science.

Kallin Austin

Kallin is a junior at BYU studying exercise science and preparing to apply to medical school. He is a member of the BYU Army ROTC and is planning on commissioning as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army in the spring of 2022.

Abigail Banks

Abigail Banks is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Katie Bellows

Katie is an undergraduate student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, studying music composition with a business minor. Her top research interests include bipartisan environmental outreach, impacts of sustainable food systems on local economies, and household perceptions of environmental cost and waste. When separated from her schoolwork, she’s usually hiking in the mountains or practicing for her next album.

Keara Bingham

Keara is an undergraduate student from Portland, Oregon studying Environmental Science and minoring in music. During the summer, Keara can be found in a small town in Alaska where she works at a fish processing plant! Her hobbies include playing the piano, running, hiking, and playing video games with her family. In the future, she hopes to focus on restoring environmental activity in different areas of her community.

Addison Bliss

Addison is an undergraduate from Peoria, Arizona majoring in Environmental Science. She is interested in improving community and individual health by establishing gardening programs in environments such as elementary schools and urban areas. She can’t wait to encourage others to get their hands dirty and nurture the world beneath their feet. She loves reading, gardening, cooking, drawing, hiking, and meditating.

Jacob Blood

Jacob is a BYU is an undergraduate from Hurricane, West Virginia studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is interested in renewable energy and environmental policy and law. His hobbies include reading, writing, skateboarding, studying languages and watching movies.

Sam Bratsman

Sam Bratsman is an M.S. student working on eutrophication in Utah Lake and the effects of climate change in the Abbott and Aanderud labs.

Sarah Buening

Sarah is a freshman at BYU and who is excited to gain experience in environmental research and sustainability efforts. She is interested in studying correlations between human and environmental health and advocating for stronger environmental protection policies, particularly reducing air and water pollution. She wants to ensure that our beautiful planet is healthy and strong!

Madeline Buhman

Madeline Buhman is studying Environmental Science and English, and loves the intersection of people and the environment.

Emma Bulter

Emma is an undergraduate student from Gaithersburg, Maryland studying biology. She has a strong interest in animals and veterinary medicine. In her spare time she likes to bake, play basketball, and watch movies. She loves visiting national parks and being in nature.

Sarah Chan

Sarah is a junior majoring in Environmental Science. She developed a passion for environmental science during her time at the School of Environmental Studies in Minnesota. While there, she was able to participate in a high altitude physiology field study which took her to Tlachichuca, Mexico to climb Pico de Orizaba. Since then, she has transferred to BYU and has taken many classes which have expanded her interest in the environment, such as environmental biology, soil science, and chemistry.

Taylor Chattin

Taylor is a sophomore in BYU’s wildlife and wildlands conservation major. She has aspirations of becoming a zoo curator and working with manatees.

Vivine Chen

Vivine is an undergraduate student from upstate New York studying Environmental Science. She enjoys to collecting and organizing data from different experiments. She likes to use her phone to stay connected and to be socially aware.

Rya Clifton

Rya Clifton is studying statistics with the goal of becoming a data scientist.

Trevor Crandall

Trevor Crandall was a master's student working on water quality in the western US.

Elisabeth Currit

Elisabeth is a senior studying Environmental Science and Sustainability and minoring in International Development. She is deeply passionate about a wide range of social and environmental issues, including air pollution, environmental justice, environmental policy, public land management, and gender equality, and she is especially interested in using GIS mapping and analysis to better visualize and understand these issues. She loves to read, hike, climb, and do anything outdoors, and owns an astounding number of plants (this number is continually growing). After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend grad school and get a Masters’ degree and then a PhD.

Madalynn Drennan

Madalynn is an undergraduate studying Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation. She is from Dallas,Texas and loves hiking in Zion National Park.

Danny Dudley

Danny is an undergraduate from Lake Tahoe, NV studying Strategic Management and Environmental Science. He loves listening to music, biking, reading, and spending time outdoors. He is passionate about the impact of environmental policy on people and places.

Zach Eliason

Zach is an undergraduate student in Bioinformatics from Provo, UT. He has strong interests in ecology and conservation.

Isabella Errigo

Isabella Errigo is an M.S. student studying the effects of wildfire on aquatic biodiversity in the Frandsen and Abbott labs. She is interested in the interactions between human policy and ecosystem sustainability.

Rebecca Frei

Rebecca Frei is a Seattle native studying Environmental Science and International Development, currently working on projects studying Arctic permafrost degradation and headwater catchment resilience.

Sara Frutos - Field Manager

Sara is the co-field manager in the Abbott Lab. She is a senior undergraduate from Corning, New York studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. She is passionate about protecting and preserving the beauty of the Earth. She hopes to have a career in which she can work to bring sustainable practices to business and cities. She enjoys any and all types of field work, hiking, and sports.

Mitchell Greenhalgh

Mitchell Greenhalgh is a senior studying environmental science and statistics. He is a lab manager in the Abbott Lab. He has experience in R and ArcGIS and introductory experience in Python, SAS, and SQL.

Jacob Gudmundsen

Jacob Gudmundsen is an undergraduate student majoring in Economics and minoring in Environmental Science. He has a strong passion for connecting the interests of economic growth with environmental stewardship.

Margaret Hancock

Margaret is a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay Area majoring in Nutritional Science and minoring in Chemistry. She is planning to go into medicine.

Sophie Hill

Sophie Hill is a Postdoctoral Fellow researching human influence on the water cycle and how to actively represent it in the education and outreach resources that are widely available. This includes creating representations of the water cycle that highlight human impacts, using place-based examples, and incorporating seasonal patterns and long-term changes in climate. She worked for 7 years as a K-12 math/science teacher and is the mom of 3 boys.

Brynn Hogan

Brynn Hoggan is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Spanish.

Jansen Howe

Jansen Howe is an undergraduate student in Environmental Science from Ephraim, UT.

Amanda Huebner

Was an undergrad in the Abbott lab from Los Angeles. She is currently a student at UC Davis, where she studies water security and chemistry.

Brigham Jewkes

Brigham Jewkes is an undergraduate Biology student with aspirations of becoming a dentist and an advocate for environmental health.

Whitney Kingsolver

Whitney is an undergraduate student from Orem, Utah and she is studying Biodiversity and Conservation. She has always had a passion for protecting the environment. She enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and roller skating!

Lexanne Klimes

Lexanne is an undergraduate from Minnesota studying Environmental Science and Portuguese. She is interested in plants and water ecology, and hopes to help conserve river systems and prevent pollution in Latin America.

Leslie Lange

Leslie Lange is an Environmental Science MS student from Modesto,California. She is studying different approaches to increasing science literacy in the public and reducing waterborne pathogens.

Katie Lawrence

Katie is a junior undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. They are in charge of coordinating synoptic sampling events in the Abbott Lab and are heading a project on public transportation in Utah County. They are interested in sustainable cities and infrastructure, as well as soil and and plants and their relationship to ecosystems. Their hobbies include learning about extremely niche topics, playing with their dog, and binge-reading.

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee is a Postdoctoral Fellow researching ecological (terrestrial, aquatic, and glacial) and social responses to anthropogenic disturbances from the plot scale to the continental scale.

Justin Lemke

Justin is an undergraduate student from Los Alamos, New Mexico studying Public Health-Epidemiology and Microbiology. He has a strong affinity for conservation and ecology. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, cooking and spending time with dogs for mental health.

Alex Long

Alex is a BYU undergraduate student from Houston, Texas studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He enjoys spending time in nature with his friends and family, playing basketball, and photography.

Andrew Luymes

Andrew Luymes is from Pasadena, California and is studying Environmental Science with a minor in International Strategy and Diplomacy.

Ethan McQuhae

Ethan is an undergraduate from Fort Worth, Texas, studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. He is an avid lover of all things plantae. In his free time he loves to hike, eat pizza, and hunt for new plants he hasn’t seen before. He hopes to help others understand the importance of plants in the environment and how we can be better stewards of our great, big planet.

Marina Merritt

Marina Merritt is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering. Her goal is to learn man-made as well as natural processes involved in delivering sanitary water to a community, and is currently helping with various projects in the lab. When she is not stumped by her homework, she enjoys running, pretending she can dance, and improving her cooking skills.

Haley Moon

Haley Moon is the field manager in the Abbott Lab. She is a senior from Sandy, Utah studying Environmental Science and Sustainability, with minors in Geology and Western American Studies. She loves exploring National Parks, reading, and watching John Wayne movies.

Alberto Morales

Alberto is an undergrad student from Cincinnati, OH studying Environmental Science and Sustainability with a minor in Urban & Regional Planning. Growing up he learned to respect and reverence the outdoors. He hopes to 1) help large companies reach their sustainability goals and 2) help communities become better stewards of the Earth.

Nick Newbold

Nick is an Environmental Science major from Kaysville, Utah. He loves everything from cheesecake, bigfoot stories, and his wife and baby daughter...not necessarily in that order. He is also minoring in International Development and would love to marry that with his major eventually.

Adam Norris

Adam Norris is an M.S student studying soil fire responses and nutrient cycling following the Mt. Nebo Megafire of 2018.

Luke Oldham

Luke is an undergraduate student from Eagle River, Alaska studying Exercise Science. He is planning on going to medical school and enjoys skiing, backpacking, traveling, and music.

Abbie Packard

Abbie is an undergraduate from Draper, UT studying Global Supply Chain Management. She has a passion for environmental sustainability in businesses and hopes to create a large impact by working with corporations to create a balanced and sustainable approach to the 3Ps: people, profit, and the planet.

Ryan Packham

Ryan is a sophomore from Idaho majoring in Environmental Science. He hopes to improve environmental stewardship in developing countries through research and educational outreach programs.

Isaac Parrish

Isaac Parrish is a Junior from Salem, Utah studying Exercise Science and Gerontology. He is very interested in healthy lifestyles and helping others making changes to have a happy and healthy life; especially the underserved. Isaac is also interested in the recent wildfires. He loves being outside with friends mountain biking and playing Pickleball. He plans to go to medical school and work in Family Medicine.

Leika Patch

Leika Patch (pronounced lake- uh) is an undergraduate at BYU studying Environmental Science, and minoring in Philosophy.

Liz Peterson

Liz Peterson is from Cedar Hills, Utah. She studies Environmental Science and is pursuing a minor in creative writing.

Heather Phipps

Heather is an Environmental Science major in BYU's Department of Plant and Wildlife Science. She has a strong desire to enhance environmental stewardship, personal accountability, and the application of science and technology.

Shiloh Ploeg

Shiloh is an Environmental Science undergrad student from Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Rachel R.S. Poulsen

Rachel is a senior from Ohio studying environmental science and sustainability. Her professional interests include both environmental and economic sustainability, specifically with the goal of helping businesses develop more sustainable practices. Rachel’s hobbies include reading, cooking and baking, and anything Marvel or Harry Potter related.

Mary Proteau

Mary Proteau is an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science from Connecticut. She is a lab manager in the Abbott Lab.

Sarah Rollins

Sarah is a BYU undergraduate student from Orlando, Florida. She studies Environmental Science and hopes to be an advocate for environmental health and sustainable living.

Makaylee Roylance

Makaylee Roylance is an undergraduate in biophysics.

Robby Sainsbury

Robby is the data manager for the lab. He is a senior from Idaho studying statistics at BYU. He enjoys using data to solve complex and important problems. He is currently involved in research on the impacts of megafire events on stream chemistry and trends in harmful algal blooms in Utah Lake. He is also interested in researching the social determinants of health, specifically to improve health outcomes for those in vulnerable communities. After graduation he plans to pursue a Master of Public Health degree. In his free time he enjoys listening to podcasts and exploring nature with his wife.

Sara Sayedi

Sara Sayedi is a Ph.D. student working on combining expert opinions to assess risk of dangerous change in Earth systems (permafrost collapse, global wildfire, and water security).

Emilee Severe

Emilee Severe is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science from Idaho. She is currently helping with the educational outreach component of our lab's recent NSF grant. She is interested in hydrology, agriculture and environmental science education. She hopes to learn how to best teach environmental topics to rural communities and to help people reconcile their political beliefs with climate change.

Rhetta Shoemaker

Rhetta Shoemaker received a thorough education of the natural world while growing up in rural New Mexico.

Jacob Spencer

Jacob is a junior majoring in microbiology. He is very interested in the environment and how we can best protect it. He love sports, dogs and family. He look forward to going to dental school in the future.

Carson Thompson

Carson Thompson is an undergraduate student from eastern Washington studying Environmental Science. He is currently leading a research project investigating how sustainable agriculture incentive programs in Utah can be made more effective.

Allie Tuttle Asay

Allie Tuttle Asay is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Alpine, Utah.

Camila Vargas

Camila Vargas is from Bogotá, Colombia and has worked on soil analysis from areas occupied by the Mayas in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.

Rachel Watts

Rachel Watts is an undergraduate in Environmental Science, born and raised in Houston, Texas.

Zak Webber

Zak Webber is from Payson, Utah and is a senior studying Molecular Biology at BYU. Zak is investigating phytoremediation techniques to improve water quality in the Navajo Nation. Upon graduation from BYU he hopes to enter Medical School and actively participate in research and service. Zak loves to trail run in his sandals, kayak, do things that make him sweat, play guitar, and bake.

Heidi Wilding Mann

Heidi Wilding Mann is the lab manager in the Abbott Lab. She is a Senior studying Environmental Science and Sustainability. Heidi loves to stay busy (sometimes too busy!) and her passions include learning, teaching, and watching Survivor! She has a specific interest in ecology and would like to get masters and doctorate degrees in this field.

Derrek Wilson

Derrek Wilson is a senior from Utah studying Environmental Science.

Qiwen Zhang

Qiwen Zhang is a Ph.D. student working on using Arctic river networks as multi-scale sensors to reveal terrestrial and aquatic signals of ecosystem change.