Christina Perella, Former Drexel Co-op Student
I am an Environmental Science major and am also pursuing a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and a Certificate in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University. I am interested in ecological research and conservation of biodiversity, as well as animal behavior and cognition. Because my interests also include environmental policy and writing, I am particularly interested in the intersection of science, policy and public opinion, such as how the effects of government and deep-rooted culture may affect the use of resources and status of environmental protection in an area.
In the iEcoLab, I contributed to an exotic species database which aims to compare how human-facilitated intentional or passive introductions of reptile and amphibian species throughout the Caribbean compares to the shipping network in this region. I was also involved in measuring functional traits of anole species from Curacao to determine whether urban versus natural habitat affects their morphology. Past study abroad and internship experiences have included tropical field research in Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program and sampling for aquatic insects and diatoms throughout the Delaware River Basin with the Academy of Natural Sciences, as well as a planned trip to Cameroon to expand my experience with field research in tropical ecology with the Central African Biodiversity Alliance.
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.