Aimee Okotie-Oyekan (UGA ’17) – fall 2016 to present
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 then spent the summer as an intern in the University of Oregon’s SPUR program before returning to UGA, where she is currently extracting DNA and running qPCRs for numerous projects.
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!)