Lab Alumni

Haseeb Goheer, Former Undergraduate Student

I am a recent graduate from the Honors Program at Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in public health. Through my coursework, I explored my interests in biochemistry, global health, and understanding climate change from a biological perspective. I am broadly interested in how human interactions disrupt ecological processes generating ecosystem services. In the iEcoLab, I completed my honors thesis on evaluating certification schemes for their consideration of biodiversity and sustainability. From minimizing habitat destruction to reducing the waste they generate, businesses can play a fundamental role in solving social and environmental problems. I also worked on assessing students’ biodiversity and sustainability footprints in the coffee and clothing industries. Inspired by my work in the lab and the coastal mountains I hiked while studying abroad in Ireland, I hope to continue advocating for biodiversity awareness.

Christian Irian, Former Field Assistant

Christian assisted with fieldwork in Curacao during our 2017 field season. Following our field season, he moved on to research projects in the American Southwest, Paris, London, and South Africa.

Brenna Waite, Former Undergraduate Student

I received my B.S. in Biology from Temple University’s College of Science & Technology in May 2017. During my time at Temple, I geared my upper level coursework towards the environmental side of biology and spent my senior year in the iEcoLab working with Dr. Helmus and Dr. Behm on two different projects. I created lifelike, 3D printed models of anoles for implementation in field predation studies. I also worked on cataloging morphological, behavioral, and habitat traits of native and invasive herpetological species of the Caribbean in order to gain insight on potential explainers of species endangerment. Outside the lab, I worked at the Philadelphia Zoo as an Environmental Education & Animal Behavior intern. I also spent my junior spring semester abroad in Australia where I studied marine & coastal ecology as well as sustainable tourism. My broad research interests include conservation biology, marine conservation, anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity, and invasive species ecology. I am currently working for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in Berlin, Maryland as an environmental intern before pursuing graduate school.

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