Aimee Okotie-Oyekan (UGA ’17) – fall 2016 to spring 2017
Aimee learned the fun of working with Thaumarchaeota in the laboratory – in addition to basic archaea-babysitting skills, Aimee ran qPCRs and (hundreds of) nitrite samples to monitor growth. She is currently a summer intern in the University of Oregon’s SPUR program.
Tynan Challenor (Stanford ’17) – summer 2014 to summer 2016
Tynan worked on a pilot project measuring nitrification rates from waters in Artesian Slough (in collaboration with the Casciotti lab and the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility). He spent many hours in front of machines measuring nutrients and isotopes and then learned the wonders of qPCR, and completed a thesis project studying ammonia oxidizers the Sacramento River. Tynan is now pursuing a MS in Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics program.
Aubriana Menendez (Stanford ’17) – summer 2014
Aubriana worked on a pilot project sequencing amoA genes from Artesian Slough water (in collaboration with the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility), and produced gels with some of the finest bands ever seen in the Francis lab. You may have seen her as a Stanford Dollie.
Kade Pettie (Amherst College ’15) – summer 2013, 2014
Kade analyzed ammonia-oxidizing communities in samples from the Chukchi Sea (in collaboration with the Arrigo lab) and is a co-author on an article published in Aquatic Microbial Ecology. He could pipette like a pro and excelled at troubleshooting qPCR issues. Kade is currently a PhD student in Biology at Stanford.
Kofi Christie (Morehouse College ’14) – summer 2013
Kofi was a SURGE scholar and did a pilot project using stable isotope incubations to measure nitrification rates in creeks at the Baylands Nature Preserve (Palo Alto, CA). He is currently a PhD student in the Environmental Engineering program at Vanderbilt. His bowties are missed. (Image courtesy of the Stanford SURGE program)
Yari Greaney (Stanford ’15) – fall 2012 to spring 2013
Yari was a DNA extracting pro, and helped process many sediment samples from San Francisco Bay. She completed a BS and MS in Earth Systems at Stanford and is now a researcher at Water2017. (Photo courtesy of Stanford Splash!)