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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 
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 
Medical Laboratory Science

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, 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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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Environmental and Human Genomics/Genetics

Biography

Brynn is a Freshman from Arizona. She is starting off working with the eDNA team in filtering and extracting DNA. She loves hiking, repelling, and all naturalistic activities and hopes to understand and contribute to the beauty of this earth through genetics.

Interests Dancing (tap dance specifically), camping, roller skating, travel with family
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Undergraduate Student

Program
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Evolutionary biology and bioinformatics

Biography

William is a Junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho who loves learning from those with more experience than him. He is excited for the opportunity to apply his knowledge of genomics in a lab and natural environment.

Interests Tennis, running, concerts, snowboarding
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Undergraduate student

Program 
Molecular Biology

Research Interest
eDNA, Evolutionary Biology

Biography

Alec is a Sophomore from St. George, UT. He has always sought to understand the world around him better and is inspired by biodiversity. He is excited to use the tools in the lab to help explain the environment and contribute to science!

Interests Backpacking, hiking, climbing, all sports but mostly basketball, and adventures.
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Undergraduate student

Program 
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Bioinformatics and investigating proteins in Caddisfly.

Biography

Naomi is a Senior from Omaha, Nebraska. She’s been involved in wet lab protein design and computational enzyme design. She loves learning about how genetics and genomics explain natural phenomenon.

Interests Judo and Jiu Jitsu, bouldering, and reading fantasy (particularly Neil Gaiman and Brandon Sanderson).
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Undergraduate Student

Program
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interests
Evolutionary Genetics

Biography
Sarah is a sophomore from Orem, Utah. She loves learning about the relationship between the environment and genetics. She hopes to understand better the human impact on the environment. She loves to collect, identify, and preserve wildflowers.

Interests Roller skating, bird watching, and going to the gym.
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Undergraduate Student

Program
Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Research Interest
Evolutionary Biology, Human Genetics/Genomics

Biography
Lilly is a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas. She loves learning about how the details of any subject work together to form the larger product. She is excited to learn and apply what knowledge she has gained.

Interests hiking, tennis, cooking, sewing, and reading
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Undergraduate student

Program 
Environmental Science

Research Interest
eDNA

Biography

Sloane is a Sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. She is fascinated in studying the environment and how we can best preserve it. She hopes to one day work to protect the natural world and help others be more socially responsible.


Interests Skiing, hiking and art

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Undergraduate student

Program:
Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology

Research Interest:
eDNA, genomic analysis

Biography:
Kimberly is a Senior from Idaho Falls, ID. She is inspired by the ways knowledge about genetics can help to improve the lives of our worldwide community and excited to discover new implications of what we can learn from nature.

Interests: Running, tennis, baking, board games, reading fantasy novels, and piano/ukulele.

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Past Lab Members

Sam Hirst (2020-2021)
Seth Wilson (2018-2021)

Adam Taylor (2018-2021)

Madeline Bursell (2018-2021)

Kennedy Christensen (2020)

Lindsey Olsen (2018-2021)

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)