iEcoLab welcomes two master’s students, Anna and Sam

Anna (left) and Sam (right)

In January 2022, the iEcoLab welcomed two new graduate students! Anna Carlson and Samuel Owens are pursuing their Master of Science degrees in Biology here at Temple.

Anna is working with Dr. Behm for her thesis. Anna will be studying mammalian meso-predators across the urban to rural gradient of the Philadelphia area. She is largely interested in the relationships between humans and urban wildlife in North America. Anna earned her BA in Biology at Earlham College where she also minored in Anthrozoology and Museum Studies. She then worked as a naturalist and science educator with parks and museums before joining the iEcoLab.

Sam is working with Dr. Helmus for his thesis. Sam will be working on spotted lanternfly research with a focus on factors affecting survival and risk of spread forecasting. Sam is broadly interested in community and aquatic ecology, conservation biology, and genetics. He attended Liberty University for his BS in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry. Sam also works as a lab technician conducting genetics research at Temple’s Health Sciences Campus.

Anna and Sam are wrapping up their first semester with the lab and will soon begin their summer research. We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish! Please see our Join Us page if you are interested in learning about opportunities with our lab.

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