Hailey Goldberg (UGA ’20) – summer 2018

Hailey dove into bioinformatics to learn about the ecology of freshwater Thaumarchaeota using existing metagenomes and metatranscriptomes. She quickly became an expert at finding typos in scripts.

 Aimee Okotie-Oyekan (UGA ’17) – fall 2016 to summer 2018


Aimee first learned the fun of working with Thaumarchaeota in the laboratory before mastering the art of DNA extraction and qPCR, and is a co-author on a manuscript on marine polyamine-N oxidation published in Limnology & Oceanography. She is currently pursuing a MS in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon.

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), which he presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in 2014. 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

Dollie Pic

Aubriana worked on a pilot project sequencing amoA genes from Artesian Slough water (in collaboration with the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility). 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 excelled at troubleshooting endless 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 processed many, 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!)

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