Robin Thady – College of William and Mary
I’m currently a junior at William & Mary studying Biology and Environmental Policy. I grew up on a small family farm outside of Richmond, so I’ve always been surrounded by trees and animals! I am involved in undergraduate research at William & Mary, studying behavioral ecology through mate preferences of the male zebra finch. Outside of academics, I’m heavily involved with the Filipino American Student Association even though I have absolutely no Filipino background! I’d never been abroad or even on a plane before I studied in Galway, Ireland last summer, so I’m so incredibly excited for this research experience to take me all the way across the world!
Margaux Armfield – Tulane University
I’m a sophomore at Tulane University studying Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Computer Science. In addition to the IRES fellowship program, I am involved in The Hullabaloo (Tulane’s student newspaper) and the club tennis team, and I enjoy painting and roller blading in my free time. After college, I hope to attend graduate school to study evolutionary biology or genetics. Ultimately, I would love to work for a wildlife conservation organization. I am excited to learn more about conducting evolutionary biology and ecology research through the IRESprogram.
Megan Thompson – College of William and Mary
I am a sophomore at The College of William and Mary majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I have been involved in the animal behavior and ecology lab on campus for over a year now and have loved my time studying zebra finches. My dad is in the military, so I have lived all over the US with my family, my wonderful white Labrador named Bear, and more books than I could read in my lifetime. I’m excited to begin researching fairy wrens in Australia and see the country’s beautiful wildlife.
I was born in Philadelphia, raised in both Paris and Narbonne, France, and now attend Tulane University. I am pursuing a double major in Environmental Biology (EBIO) and Anthropology. In addition to course work, I currently tutors French and hold lab assistant positions in the EBIO department and work at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. I am interested in community ecology, behavioral ecology, and tri-trophic symbioses. I plan on studying red-backed fairywren auxiliary males responses to predation risk over the course of the non-breeding season, and how molt date influences behavior.
Phoebe Honscheid – Cornell University
I am a sophomore at Cornell studying ecology and evolutionary biology. I am especially interested in sexual selection, the evolution of color and behavior, and plant/animal interactions. I have always felt at home outdoors and I am so excited that my love for nature has given me the opportunity to explore Australia and its wildlife! I started volunteering at a wildlife center when I was 11 which exposed me to many different species but I have gotten interested in birds after taking an ornithology class in the Dominican Republic. I am currently analyzing the geographic variation of vervain hummingbird song. Besides biology I love poetry, playing the ukulele, and working with birds of prey at the Cornell Raptor Program!
Kai Victor – Cornell University