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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

2019

Ryan Faust
Mentor: Jesse Lewis
Research Project: The distribution, diversity, and abundance of scorpions in relation to urbanization and landscape characteristics across the CAP LTER study area

Melissa Fleeger
Mentor: Kelli Larson
Research Project: Residents’ Attitudes toward Bees in Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona

Sarah Lindley
Mentor: Chad Johnson
Research Project: The Effect of Urban Heat Island Temperatures on Microhabitat Preference in Black Widow Spiders

Jenna Rosales
Mentor: Jenni Vanos
Research Project: Observing the solar radiation and heat protection factors of tree shade: A novel comparative assessment of desert trees

2018

Keaton Coker
Mentor: Chad Johnson
Research Project: Black Widows on an Urban Heat Island: Using Hormones and Behavior to Understand Global Change

Jessica Dwyer
Mentor: Jesse Lewis
Research Project: The effects of urbanization on species composition and activity patterns of the bat community across the Phoenix Valley

Caitlin Nordheim
Mentor: Heather Bateman
Research Project: Comparison of riparian herpetofauna along urban and wildland streams

Chelsea Stratton
Mentor: Fabio Suzart de Albuquerque
Research Project: Energy, water and habitat diversity as predictors of bird diversity in urban areas

2017

Caitlin Gray
Mentor: Fabio Suzart de Albuquerque
Research Project: Environmental drivers of phylogenetic diversity of bird species in riparian areas.

Claire Moen
Mentor: Chad Johnson
Research Project: Black Widows On An Urban Heat Island: Using Genes, Physiology And Behavior To Understand Global Change.

Robert Moakley
Mentor: Kevin McGraw
Research Project: Where sleep meets sex in the city: links between bird breeding and beauty sleep

David Nardelli
Mentors: Nancy Grimm, Lauren McPhillips, and Monica Palta
Research Project: Nutrient loading and its effects in water-supply canals and stormwater outfalls in Phoenix, AZ

2016

Devon Allred
Mentor: Kevin McGraw
Research Project: Urban night-lighting and pace-of-life: can urban birds buy back time?

Maria Eller
Mentor: Erin Redman
Research Project: Ecology Explorers Program

Nikita Kowal
Mentor: Becky Ball
Research Project: Urbanization and N-Deposition and Microbial Community-Level Physiological Profiles

Michelle Poletti
Mentor: Ariane Middel Research Project: Impact of interior temperatures of shaded and unshaded vehicles on children’s health – A case study in Phoenix, AZ

Brandon Ramirez
Mentor: David Iwaniec
Research Project: Developing data visualization and decision-making tools for CAP LTER Sustainable Future Scenarios

Isabella Tapia
Mentor: Charles Redman
Research Project: Infrastructural Response to Extreme Events in Phoenix, AZ

Javier Urcuyo
Mentor: Chad Johnson
Research Project: Urban heat islands and urban arthropod biodiversity

2015

Jessica Hoffman
Mentor: Kelli Larson
Research project: Yard creatures: Management, perception, and reality

Bridget Harding
Mentor: Dan Allen
Research project: Long-term analysis of biodiversity patterns, land-use, and climate anomalies on urban community structure

Sky Arnett-Romero
Mentor: Dan Allen
Research project: Long-term analysis of biodiversity patterns, land-use, and climate anomalies on urban community structure

2014

Kelly Bergin
Mentor: Becky Ball
Research project: Impacts of altered precipitation on aboveground-belowground interactions

Soukaina Kouteib
Mentor: Pierre Deviche
Research project: Relationships between urbanization and immunity

Caitlin Holmes
Mentor: Sharon Hall
Research project: Soil properties in residential landscapes

Evan Kuras
Mentor: David Hondula
Research project: Personal monitoring for smarter heat-health interventions in Central Arizona

Meghan Cook
Mentor: Kevin McGraw
Research project: Cognition in the city: Problem-solving in a foraging context as a function of urbanization in house finches

Pierce Hutton
Mentor: Kevin McGraw
Research project: Cognition in the city: Problem-solving in a foraging context as a function of urbanization in house finches

Jessica Jia
Mentors: Elizabeth Wentz and Kelli Larson
Research project: A comparative analysis of the water consumption and cost of xeric vs. mesic landscaped single family residential properties in Tempe

2013

Jessica Alvarez Guevara
Mentors: Becky Ball and Mitch Pavao-Zuckerman
Research project: Moss nutrient plasticity over variations in soil resource availability in desert soils

Beau Rudd
Mentor: Heather Bateman
Research project: Effects of multi-use recreational trails on reptiles in the Phoenix mountain parks

Dakota Tallman
Mentor: Dan Childers
Research project: Understanding the importance of open water processes to the provision of ecosystem services in a constructed wastewater treatment wetland ecosystem

Samuel Lane
Mentor: Pierre Deviche
Research project: Bird song and the brain: Behavioral and neuroanatomical adaptations of northern mockingbirds to urbanization

Amanda Wolf
Mentors: Monica Palta and Nancy Grimm
Research project: Ecosystem services and trade-offs mediated by urban water bodies for homeless populations in Phoenix

Billy Smith
Mentor: Kerry Smith
Research project: Does water conservation compromise the reliability (and sustainability) of water systems?

Alyssa McAlister
Mentors: Amber Wutich and Alex Brewis
Research project: Human health in a warming world: Cultural models of climate change and disease