The MICRO lab currently has nine bright and enthusiastic undergraduate research students! They are currently advised by Professor Grand Pre
in a wide variety of projects related to geology, environmental science and environmental policy. This summer four students worked on funded research in the lab and two traveled abroad on scholarship to work on their independent research. Students learn a variety or laboratory and field techniques and have opportunities to present at national conferences and work on peer-reviewed publications. Learn more about these amazing students below!
Steve is a senior constantly yearning for adventure and holds a firm belief that everyone has something to teach you. Steve is majoring in Bioinformatics and Environmental Health with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Steve conducted independent ecotoxicology research on nitrates and gastric cancer incidence in indigenous populations of Costa Rica and researched woman’s health and midwifery. He has also conducted research on shamanistic medicinal plant use in Panama, pesticide toxicology and environmental health issues on Latin American plantations, and is working on an honors thesis on his research on the social and environmental implications of tourism in the Galapagos Islands. He is currently working with The Clinic for Special Children on developing a bioinformatics toolset to streamline immune matching for bone marrow transplants. He hopes to combine his fields of interest and pursue a Ph.D. in a health field of Epigenetics and Biomedical Engineering. Outside of science, Steve enjoys running, cycling, and art, as well as photography and graphic design. He likes climbing trees, sleeping in hammocks, pounding on drums, playing the ukulele. His true passion lies seizing every experience and learning from every unexpected opportunity.
Carla is a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College and is from Vienna, Austria. She is currently undeclared but working on an Environmental Science Major. She is interested in chemistry, physics, and recently geology, but also in Environmental policies. Her research experience includes field work in the Outer Banks with Professor Grand Pre and lab work on the samples collected in the Outer Banks. In the summer of 2012, she worked with Dr. Bob Walter and Dr. Candace Grand Pre on the Big Spring Run restoration project. Aside from academics Carla is part of the Human Rights Initiative, the German Club, and played basketball on the Austrian National Team.
Julia is a senior at Franklin and Marshall College and was born in Vienna, Austria. She is a declared Environmental Studies major and did an Independent Research project last spring with with Dr. Grand Pre on grain size analysis and classifying foraminifera. This summer she did research in the United Kingdom and the United States to learn about the policies that are created to manage the impacts of sea level rise. Outside of the lab, Julia is part of the F&M Tennis Team, Alpha Phi Sorority, Boncheck House Congress, Life After College Program, and the Earth and Environment society. She is still uncertain what she wants to pursue in the future.
Xinyu is a sophomore Geoscience major at Franklin and Marshall College. Although his research focus is still forming, his field of interest is mostly in geochemistry and geophysics. As a Chinese international student, Xinyu has a diverse cultural background and is also proficient Japanese speaker.
Evan is a senior at Franklin and Marshall College and is interested in the social, political, and economic applications of ecosystem and landscape ecology. He is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Environmental Studies. In the summer of 2011, he began to work with Dr. Dorothy Merritts on a paleo-ecological reconstruction of a section of Little Conestoga Creek. During a semester abroad in Auckland, New Zealand, he studied the interpretation and application of the Resource Management Act, New Zealand’s principle legislation for resource management. On campus, Evan is the President of the Outdoors Club, President of Men’s Ultimate, and Advertising Executive of Ben’s Underground. In his spare time, Evan enjoys running, backpacking, and exploring the outdoors.
Amalia is an aspiring ecosystem scientist. Her interests include biogeochemistry, wildlife conservation, and ecosystem carbon dynamics. During an NSF-REU program at SUNY New Paltz, she studied the physiochemical nutrient controls on the nuisance freshwater diatom, didymo, in the Catskill Mountains. She has also studied microbial activity during rain pulses in soil respiration while enrolled in the Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory. She has experiences ranging from mist-netting and banding birds to sediment particle size analysis to stable isotope analysis. She can often be found drilling into the latest carbonate rock sample or running maintenance on the sedigraph while in the Earth and Environment Department at F&M. In her spare time, Amalia enjoys rock climbing, hiking, traveling, swing dancing, and having intensive conversations about anything even remotely related to science.
Aaron is a senior at Franklin and Marshall and is from Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is an Environmental Science major, specifically interested in chemistry. This summer he received funding from the Cargill Foundation to study with Dr. Bob Walter and Dr. Candace Grand Pre on biogeochemical processes at Big Spring Run. Outside of class, Aaron is on the Track and Field team at F&M, umpires little league baseball, and roots for the Phillies.
Apoorva is a senior at Franklin & Marshall and is from New Delhi, India. She is an Environmental Studies major with an Economics Minor. She’s interested in Environmental policies and resource management. In the summer of 2012 she worked with Dr. Bob Walter and Dr. Grand Pré on the Big Spring Run restoration project. With an Economics background, she will be researching about the Environmental restoration implications, specifically the economics behind the project and how to measure success. Outside academics, Apoorva is a House Manager in her College House, the Secretary for the South Asian Club on campus and part of the Earth and Environment society.
Amy is a junior at Franklin and Marshall College. A declared Geosciences major, Amy became interested in research two summers ago, after contributing to the “Big Spring Run” project with Dr. Bob Walter and Dr. Dorothy Merritts. This last summer she worked as a Hackman Scholar with Dr. Grand Pre on reconstructing environmental change at Great Marsh. Outside of the lab, Amy is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, Franklin and Mashall Orchestra, Franklin and Marshall Wind Ensemble, F&M Players, and is an HA in Brooks College House. She aspires to eventually work for the National Park Service.