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Meet the Lab

Current Members
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Faculty

Research Interest
Evolutionary history of caddisflies, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, data science

Biography

Paul earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from Rutgers University and a B.S. from BYU in Integrative Biology. He loves insects, the outdoors, and technology, and his research uses all three to answer questions about evolutionary biology.

Interests Insects, the outdoors, technology

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Grad student

Program 
Biotechnology and Genetics

Research Interest
Caddisfly phylogeny and bioinformatics

Biography

KC is a grad student from Oak City, Utah. He received his undergrad from SUU in Biology. After he graduated, he worked as a high school biology teacher. Teaching genetics in his classes led him to pursue a Biotechnology and Genetics Master's Degree at BYU.

Interests Sports, outdoors, and family

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Grad student

Program 
Environmental Science

Research Interest
eDNA, wildfire recovery, science communication, and environmental justice

Biography

Isabella Errigo is an M.S. student working with Paul Frandsen and Ben Abbott. Her project uses environmental DNA to understand how aquatic invertebrates, microorganisms, and fish recovery following large wildfires.

Interests She is most interested in the relationship between people and their environment, and wants to continue to focus on ways to improve that relationship.
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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Conservation genomics, evolutionary biology

Biography

Maddy is a Senior from New Hampshire. She is passionate about using genomics to help inform conservation decisions for all species. She hopes to build a career around wildlife conservation.

Interests Hiking, sustainability, double dutch

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
High molecular weight DNA extraction and bioinformatics

Biography

Seth is a Senior from Portland, Oregon. Seth hopes to be able to use his knowledge to improve the quality of life for people around the world.

Interests The outdoors, sports, biotech development, patent law

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Phylogeny and genomic analysis

Biography

Adam is a Senior from Utah. He aspires to become a physician and work with personalized medicine, using his knowledge in genetics to further medical potential and understanding.

Interests Camping, fishing, backpacking, climbing, and sustainability/conservation

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Genomics

Biography

Lindsey is a Senior from San Diego. She is currently researching the evolutionary relationship between Trichoptera and Lepidotera by conducting a multiple genome alignment.

Interests Hiking, skiing, spending time at the beach

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation

Research Interest
Aquatic invertebrate taxonomy, conservation ecology

Biography

Anna is a Junior from California who loves natural environments and aims to contribute to correct management practices that protect and sustain them. She loves catching, identifying, and learning about insects.

Interests Insects, traveling, hiking, wildlife biology, sustainability, and running

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Microbiology

Research Interest
Conservation genomics

Biography

Andrew is a Senior from Ogden, Utah. He loves being outdoors and hopes to use an understanding of the human impact on the world to improve environmental health.

Interests Rock climbing, cycling, skiing and reading

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Conservation genomics

Biography

Ethan is a Junior from Boise, Idaho. He is excited for the opportunity to use genomics to help conserve species.

Interests Basketball, hiking, fishing

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Environmental Science

Research Interest
eDNA

Biography
Hannah is a Junior from Sacramento, California. She is excited to learn more applications of eDNA, hoping to one day apply her knowledge to help conserve the environment.

Interests Reading, art, bees, the ocean, petting dogs
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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Conservation Genomics

Biography

Sam is a Senior from Murray, Utah. Originally headed towards the business world, Sam decided to shift his focus on environmental and species conservation using his knowledge of genetics and genomics.

Interests Music, outdoors, skiing, boating, sports

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Conservation Genomics, Evolutionary Biology

Biography

Emily is a Senior from Louisiana. She enjoys studying ecological diversity and road tripping to view different aspects of Earth’s beauty. She's excited to conserve species through genomics.

Interests Painting, hiking, vinyl records, reading, sustainability

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Bioinformatics

Research Interest
Caddisfly genetics

Biography

Ashlyn is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas.  She is excited to contribute to this research lab, and hopes to learn as much as she can from this experience.

Interests Tennis, volleyball, baking, reading, technology

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Studio Arts, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Research Interest
Scientific Illustration

Biography

Hannah is a senior from American Fork, Utah. She loves exploring areas where the arts and sciences intersect and collaborate. She wants to encourage her future art students to include their diverse interests into their artwork.

Interests Baking, yoga, movies, nature walks, and bears

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Evolutionary Biology, Human Genomics/Genetics

Biography

Jonas is a Junior from El Paso, Texas. He is a massive science and philosophy nerd who loves to spend time studying new things. He hopes to use his knowledge of genetics and biotechnology to help improve quality of life wherever he can.

Interests Reading (mostly non-fiction), taking naps, netflix, philosophy, backpacking

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Undergraduate student

Program 
Studio Arts

Research Interest
Scientific Illustration

Biography

Sarah is a senior in the art program from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has always loved learning about animals and plants and is excited to add insects to the list.

Interests Collage, painting, drawing, books, movies, and her cat

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Past Lab Members

Stephanie Soelberg (2019-2020)
Abby Jenkins (2019)
Shelby Gold (2019)
Lindsay Greenburg (2019)
Makinnon Baugh (2019)
Chris Castro (2018-2019)
Lauren Bryson (2019)
Emily Mullis (2018)
Avery Olsen (2018)