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Russel Anderson

January 24, 2022 02:29 PM
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.

Kallin Austin

January 19, 2021 09:39 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:21 PM
Abigail Banks is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Katie Bellows

September 28, 2022 03:03 PM
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

February 03, 2023 08:56 PM
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.

Tara Bishop

March 27, 2020 01:37 PM

Addison Bliss

February 15, 2021 08:36 PM
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

September 22, 2022 11:21 AM
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

February 28, 2020 08:31 AM
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.

Brian Brown

March 14, 2020 12:44 PM
Brian Brown is a Master’s Student in Environmental Science. His undergraduate degree (BYU ‘19) was in Bioinformatics with a minor in Computer Science.

Josh Buck

March 27, 2020 01:59 PM
MS student graduated 2012

Sarah Buening

September 11, 2020 12:01 PM
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

February 28, 2020 08:42 AM
Madeline Buhman is studying Environmental Science and English, and loves the intersection of people and the environment.

Emma Bulter

January 18, 2021 09:36 AM
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.

John Calder

March 27, 2020 02:01 PM
MS Student graduated in 2009

Anson Call

April 02, 2020 09:16 PM
MS student graduated in August 2018

Taylor Chattin

January 07, 2021 07:23 PM
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

January 07, 2021 06:53 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:49 PM
Rya Clifton is studying statistics with the goal of becoming a data scientist.

Trevor Crandall

February 28, 2020 08:13 AM
Trevor Crandall was a master's student working on water quality in the western US.

Elisabeth Currit

January 14, 2021 11:56 AM
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.

Josh Day

April 02, 2020 09:06 PM
MS student graduated August 2018.

Madalynn Drennan

January 05, 2021 11:18 AM
Madalynn is an undergraduate studying Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation. She is from Dallas,Texas and loves hiking in Zion National Park.

Danny Dudley

September 14, 2021 11:44 AM
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

January 07, 2021 06:57 PM
Zach is an undergraduate student in Bioinformatics from Provo, UT. He has strong interests in ecology and conservation.

Isabella Errigo

February 28, 2020 08:48 AM
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

February 28, 2020 08:27 AM
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

September 14, 2021 11:45 AM
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

March 14, 2020 12:51 PM
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

September 29, 2020 12:31 PM
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

January 07, 2021 07:12 PM
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

September 14, 2021 11:37 AM
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

March 14, 2020 12:45 PM
Brynn Hoggan is an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Spanish.

Kevin Horn

March 27, 2020 01:57 PM
PhD from 2008 – 2013

Jansen Howe

February 28, 2020 08:41 AM
Jansen Howe is an undergraduate student in Environmental Science from Ephraim, UT.

Amanda Huebner

February 28, 2020 09:00 AM
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

October 01, 2020 04:34 PM
Brigham Jewkes is an undergraduate Biology student with aspirations of becoming a dentist and an advocate for environmental health.

Chelsea Keefer

April 02, 2020 09:04 PM
MS student graduated August 2019.

Whitney Kingsolver

January 18, 2021 09:52 AM
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

January 19, 2021 09:42 PM
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.

Jacquelyn Land

November 10, 2021 04:31 PM

Leslie Lange

February 28, 2020 08:46 AM
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

January 24, 2022 02:27 PM
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.

Rebecca Lee Molinari

April 02, 2020 09:11 PM
MS student graduated December 2019

Raymond Lee

January 13, 2021 11:44 AM
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

January 18, 2021 09:38 AM
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

September 22, 2022 11:15 AM
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

February 28, 2020 08:39 AM
Andrew Luymes is from Pasadena, California and is studying Environmental Science with a minor in International Strategy and Diplomacy.

Andrew Lybbert

March 27, 2020 01:50 PM
MS student graduated 2014

Jordan Maxwell

March 27, 2020 01:41 PM
Ph.D. 2014-2019

Ethan McQuhae

September 14, 2021 11:40 AM
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

March 14, 2020 12:29 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:41 PM
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

October 06, 2023 09:35 AM
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

January 12, 2021 10:31 PM
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

September 02, 2020 03:45 PM
Adam Norris is an M.S student studying soil fire responses and nutrient cycling following the Mt. Nebo Megafire of 2018.

Rory O’Connor

March 27, 2020 01:54 PM
MS student graduated 2014

Luke Oldham

January 12, 2021 10:45 PM
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

February 15, 2021 08:34 PM
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

February 15, 2021 08:30 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:54 PM
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

February 28, 2020 08:45 AM
Leika Patch (pronounced lake- uh) is an undergraduate at BYU studying Environmental Science, and minoring in Philosophy.

Liz Peterson

February 28, 2020 08:44 AM
Liz Peterson is from Cedar Hills, Utah. She studies Environmental Science and is pursuing a minor in creative writing.

Heather Phipps

August 31, 2020 10:20 AM
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

January 12, 2021 09:51 PM
Shiloh is an Environmental Science undergrad student from Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Rachel R.S. Poulsen

January 24, 2022 02:21 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:48 PM
Mary Proteau is an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science from Connecticut. She is a lab manager in the Abbott Lab.

Aaron Rhodes

March 27, 2020 01:44 PM
Ph.D. 2012-2015

Sarah Rollins

January 07, 2021 09:55 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:39 PM
Makaylee Roylance is an undergraduate in biophysics.

Robby Sainsbury

March 23, 2022 05:11 PM
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

February 27, 2020 03:29 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:47 PM
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

February 28, 2020 08:33 AM
Rhetta Shoemaker received a thorough education of the natural world while growing up in rural New Mexico.

Eric Smith

March 27, 2020 02:00 PM
MS student graduated 2010.

Jacob Spencer

January 07, 2021 07:17 PM
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.

Justin Taylor

April 02, 2020 09:09 PM
MS student graduated April 2020.

Tyson Terry

April 02, 2020 09:13 PM
MS student graduated April 2020

Carson Thompson

September 09, 2020 04:54 PM
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

March 14, 2020 12:36 PM
Allie Tuttle Asay is an undergraduate in Environmental Science from Alpine, Utah.

Camila Vargas

February 28, 2020 08:36 AM
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

February 28, 2020 08:29 AM
Rachel Watts is an undergraduate in Environmental Science, born and raised in Houston, Texas.

Zak Webber

February 28, 2020 08:58 AM
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

September 22, 2022 11:09 AM
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

March 14, 2020 12:53 PM
Derrek Wilson is a senior from Utah studying Environmental Science.

Ho Yi Wan

March 27, 2020 01:55 PM
MS student graduated August 2014

Qiwen Zhang

August 28, 2020 10:50 AM
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.
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