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Featured TA of the Week: Annise Dobson

Catching up with Annise, TA to 417 and 421!

Where are you from?

Connaught, Ontario, Canada.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I have planted over 170,00 trees in my lifetime.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

Invasion ecology — my paper is in the Journal of Ecology, Issue 105.

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Featured TA of the Week: Juana Muñoz Ucros

Catching up with Juana, TA to sections 411 and 423

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

I’m from Colombia, and have lived in Ithaca 3 years.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?
I work on understanding the interactions between plant roots and soil microbes. Here’s a link to our lab website: https://bauerlelab.wordpress.com/juana-munoz-ucros/

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I’m a certified safari guide in South Africa.

 

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Featured TA of the Week: Angela Possinger

Say hello to section 401 and 415’s Angela Possinger

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

I’m originally from Berkley, Massachusetts, a very small town (no stoplights!) in Southeastern Mass. I’ve lived in Ithaca for about 4 years.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I have a collection of tacky mugs; my favorites are from the Royal Wedding and Neustchhwanstein Castle in Germany.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

For my Ph.D. research, I study how organic matter and minerals in soil interact to keep carbon stable, ultimately improving soil quality and mitigating climate change. I have two (mostly unrelated) papers published for my undergraduate and MS research: You can read them here  and here.

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Featured TA of the Week: Ethan Degner

Meet Ethan Degner, Sections 403 and 410

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

I’m from a small town in Minnesota, nestled within a sea of corn and soybeans with the occasional lake.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

 I have grapheme-color synesthesia, which means letters and numbers all show up in technicolor in my head.

 

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

I study mosquito sex. I published a paper on females that mate more than once (check it out here ) and a review paper on mosquito sperm (yes, mosquitoes have sperm, and they’re pretty cool. Check it out here).

                                                       

 

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Featured TA of the Week: Christine Georgakakos

Meet BIOG 1500’s new Teaching Assistant

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

Atlanta, GA. I have lived in Ithaca since 2011.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

I am part of the Soil and Water Lab in BEE. Most recently I’ve been working on a novel water tracer with a DNA base. Article can be read online with first author Helen Dahlke, 2015.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail!