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Sara Sayedi

Ben Abbott
Degree: PhD
Major: Environmental Science

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). She earned a BS in environmental science at Isfahan University of Technology in Iran, and an M.S. at University of Tehran, where she specialized in environmental management. Her thesis was entitled "Modelling Hydrological Ecosystem Services for Different Land Use and Climate Change Scenarios". Sara’s research interests include ecosystem services, environmental changes, risk assessment, and environmental applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. In her spare time, she likes to paint, read novels, and cook different Persian foods.
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Trevor Crandall

Ben Abbott
Degree: Masters
Major: Environmental Science

Trevor Crandall is a Master's student working on water quality in the western US. He was born and raised in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Provo High in 2011 and then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Santa Maria, Brazil mission. During his undergraduate degree at Utah Valley University, he majored in Business Management, minored in Biology, and also worked with the Division of Natural Resources and the Forest Service as a seasonal worker. His undergraduate research consisted of analyzing PCB and heavy metal concentrations in fish, water, and sediment from Utah Lake.
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Rebecca Frei

Ben Abbott



Rebecca Frei is a Seattle native studying Environmental Science and International Development, currently working on projects studying Arctic permafrost degradation and headwater catchment resilience. Becca would like to eventually discover and inform people how to make better, more sustainable land and water usage decisions to promote a healthier planet. She is currently the Abbott Lab Manager and is interested in biogeochemical processes and catchment ecohydrology.
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Rachel Watts

Ben Abbott



Rachel Watts is an undergraduate in Environmental Science, born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is working as the assistant lab manager and has done field work in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Alaska, and throughout Utah.
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Sam Bratsman

Ben Abbott
Major: Environmental Science

Sam Bratsman is majoring in Environmental Science and leading a project on the effects of tundra wildfire on water chemistry in northern Alaska.
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Rhetta Shoemaker

Ben Abbott



Rhetta Shoemaker received a thorough education of the natural world while growing up in rural New Mexico. Her love of nature continued at BYU and during her mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tennessee. In her free time, she can often be found tending to too many houseplants, designing water-wise landscapes, developing sometimes successfully tasty vegetarian recipes, organizing everything but her bedroom, basking in Studio Ghibli films, and playing the guitar.
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