Darcy Gray: Tulane University
Facundo Fernadez-Duque: Cornell University
I’m a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Systematics and Biotic Diversity. Growing up in Argentina, I developed an interested in biological science thanks the countless hours I spent playing in my father’s field site. My interest persisted through high school, where I got involved with ornithological research. Afterwards, I was fortunate enough to land here, where I’ve met an array of incredible people. I’m currently involved in a couple of projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology but look forward to this IRES and new research opportunities.
Trey Hendrix, Tulane University:
I am a sophomore at Tulane University majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am originally from Idaho and grew up doing a lot of outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking that drew me to nature. I also spend way too much time watching nature documentaries on the Internet. I have been involved in some laboratory research at Tulane concerning migratory birds and am excited to gain field experience in Australia. I currently hope to attend graduate school and continue my studies of ecology, but I am not sure what I would like to specialize in.
Elizabeth Ransone: William & Mary
Elizabeth is a sophomore studying Biology at the College of William & Mary. She is spending Spring 2016 studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her hometown is the small town of Mathews, Virginia, an old fishing community that gave her an appreciation for the conservation of native species. Her research career started at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in high school, and she looks forward to continuing it in Australia!
Isabel Ritrovato: William & Mary
Hi! My name is Isabel (or Izzy), and I am a sophomore Biology and Environmental Science major at William and Mary. On campus, I currently work in the Applied Conservation and Ecological Research (ACER) lab where I am involved with a project that concerns the Endangered Species Act. I am interested in conservation and evolutionary biology and am hoping to branch out to other areas. IRES will be my first real experience in the field, and I am very excited to begin my research. Later on, I intend to continue with field research into graduate school. I love the outdoors, animals and plants of all kinds, hiking, and travelling, so I am naturally thrilled to have the chance to participate in IRES.
Sarah Toner: Cornell University
I’m a freshman at Cornell University, majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I started watching birds when I was 8 years-old, and my passion for birds has driven me to pursue a career in ornithology and research, particularly conservation biology and ecology. I’ve worked on bird and plant surveys at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, in my home state of Michigan, and I’ve contributed to several projects at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, but I’m excited to be able to design and implement my own research project with IRES. I’m hoping to pursue a Ph.D. and continue researching many aspects of ornithology, biology, and ecology!