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2015 Field Station Interns, Educators and Work-Study Staff


Recent Graduate, Biology Major
Thomas More College

Sarah just graduated with biology major at Thomas More College and will be continuing as a NASA STEM Fellow. Sarah enjoys creating ceramics, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, traveling, camping, and dabbling in theater. She was also a biology and organic chemistry tutor, a Thomas More College ambassador, the Vice President of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, and an associate member of Student Government Association. Sarah is following her passion for microbiology with a focus in immunology by attending graduate school this fall, with plans to pursue a career in biomedical research.


Environmental Science Major, Spanish and Peace Studies Minor
Xavier University

Emily will be a senior environmental science major and Spanish minor in the fall at Xavier University. She is looking forward to working with the Ohio River Assessment crew this summer, and is very excited to meet other students and staff in this field of environmental science. Emily recently participated in tropical ecology and leatherback sea turtle research in Costa Rica. This experience is what initially sparked her interest in environmental science. Emily’s passion for the outdoors and interest in ecological research are what attracted her to this wonderful opportunity on the Ohio River. After graduating from Xavier, she looks to earn a master’s degree in environmental science with a focus on toxicology


Sophomore, Geography Major, Environment and Climate Concentration
Western Kentucky University

Rachel will be a sophomore in the fall semester at Western Kentucky University. She is majoring in Geography with a concentration in Environment and Climate and minoring in biology and water resources. Last summer she was a part of the Ohio River Bioassessment Crew as well and is excited to get to be a part of the research team again and to meet people with similar interest in the environment. Rachel is looking forward to spending the summer conducting research on the environment. She hopes to one day be able to conduct her own research and raise awareness about environmental issues and solutions. Also Rachel loves fishing, hiking, being outdoors and around water, and reading.


Junior, Biology Major
Thomas More College

Ellen is a junior Biology major with an Organismic concentration at Thomas More College. Her love for biology and nature has her enthusiastic about being a part of the Ohio River Bio-assessment team this summer. Ellen grew up outdoors, studying birds, fish, mushrooms and more with her mother and sisters. Much of her youth was spent at her mother’s veterinary hospital observing surgeries, rearing young animals and learning about the animal kingdom. Collectively, she believes her upbringing and cheerful personality will contribute greatly to her research and experience at the field station. Though her future is undecided, Ellen is preparing for a career in medicine or post-secondary education in the realm of biology.


Senior, Environmental Toxicology Major,
University of California at Davis

Jackie will graduate this year with a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis. During school she has conducted independent research on the effects of crude oil and dispersants on microbial communities and purple sea urchin embryos. She is currently helping on a project studying critically endangered delta smelt. Jackie looks forward to joining the Aquaculture Crew and hopes to continue on to graduate school in the field of Aquatic Toxicology. In her free time, Jackie likes to paint, dance, hike, and SCUBA dive.


Junior, Environmental Science Major
Thomas More College

Tori will be a junior next semester at Thomas More College and is pursuing her degree in Environmental Science. This summer she will become a part of the Ohio River Bioassessment team at the Thomas More Biology Field Station, where she will assist in the monitoring of the Ohio River by examining water quality, habitat, and fish populations. She is an avid hunter and enjoys the outdoors where she spends most of her free time. Following graduation she plans to continue her education in Environmental Science in hopes of pursuing a career with the Ohio EPA.


Senior, Conservation Biology Major,
Thiel College

Jordan is going to be a senior this fall at Thiel College and is majoring in Conservation Biology with a minor in Wildlife Biology. Last summer, Jordan interned at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium with the Amazon Exhibit in the Aquarium.  He will be a part of the Aquaculture Lab and Mussel Research team this summer. He looks forward to learning more about the aquaculture program and how this will help with the conservation of the freshwater mussels. He is very excited and is looking forward to learn all about the aquaculture and mussel program.


Recent Graduate, Biology Major
Thomas More College

Kyle is a recent graduate from Thomas More College is tremendously excited to be a part of the Aquaculture Lab Crew at the Thomas More Biology Field Station. From early childhood on, he has been a fervent enthusiast for all things outdoors and nature related. When he is free, he enjoys camping, hiking, beekeeping, reading, and being with his friends and family. Next year, Kyle will be pursuing a Ph.D. program in either immunology, molecular genetics or even possibly entomology as he weighs his different interests.


Junior, Biology Major, Marine Biology Track
Thomas More College

Ashley is majoring in biology with a track in Marine Biology. She is currently a junior at Thomas More College and has recently been accepted as a NASA STEM Fellow and will be working in affiliation with the Newport Aquarium and the WAVE Foundation in developing educational worksheets for their outreach programs. Ashley will be interning this summer at Thomas More’s Field Station as a member of the Environmental Academy working on stream assessments throughout NKY.   She has previous experience as an undergraduate research assistant with the Purdue University Horticulture Department. After graduation, Ashley plans to continue her education to become a marine biologist.


Recent Graduate, Biology and Secondary Education Major
Thomas More College

Kevin recently graduated from Thomas More College in May.   This summer he will entering his fifth year as environmental educator, a STEM camp mentor for high school students and a NASA STEM Fellow.  Kevin is a Biology and Secondary Education Major as well as a Goalkeeper on the Thomas More Men’s soccer team.  Next fall, he plans to pursue a job as a high school biology teacher in the greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky area.


Junior, Environmental Science Major
Thomas More College

Nathan is a junior environmental science major at Thomas More College and will serve as an environmental educator this summer at the TMC Field Station.  He will also be assisting in maintenance duties, as a work-study student, and supporting other internships when necessary.  He enjoys fishing and collecting freshwater specimens for research. He intend to return to school upon graduation to get a Ph.D. in environmental science and teach college level courses while doing research on freshwater fish species.


Junior, Environmental Science Major, Economics Minor, Political Science Minor
Xavier University

Brad will be a senior at Xavier University in the fall, just over the river in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he has spent much of his life in local rivers and streams around the greater Cincinnati area, fishing and kayaking. This summer, he will be working as a member of the Stream Assessment crew and looks forward to getting to know and working alongside the staff and other interns.  In his free time, he enjoys biking, backpacking, fishing and reading.  He hopes to pursue graduate school for environmental or natural resource management.


Junior, Biology Major, Chemistry and Computer Science Minor
Thomas More College

Lane is a junior at Thomas More College who is studying Biology as well as Chemistry and Computer Science. He serves the Thomas More Field Station by performing a variety of roles and as a work-study student on the maintenance crew. He has always enjoyed the outdoors and in his spare time often goes fishing, hunting, and hiking. After graduating from Thomas More, he plans to continue his education, focusing in Aquatic/Marine Biology.