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“I want to start exploring research problems in the tropics,” Chau Ho said. “One concrete direction is studying the spread of coffee leaf rust disease in Mexico.”
Not surprisingly, Kristel Sanchez loves being outside and immersed in nature. “I love the complexity of ecology and how the interactions between organisms can shape communities.”
“This first year of the Frontiers program has easily been one of the most eye-opening years of my life,” said Nicholas Medina. “I feel that I have grown as an ecologist more than I ever imagined."
“I’m in love with ecology. I love every single thing about it,” said Johanna Nifosi, a second-year Frontiers Master’s student. “I am amused by nature and want to learn everything about it.”
“My goal is to conduct research that contributes to solving major threats to biodiversity, ecosystem services and community development,” said Ivan Monagan.
“I took a herpetology class that was amazing, sparking an interest in snakes – in particular, the venomous types. I find them to be fascinating creatures,” said Peter Cerda.
“At first, I was a bit hesitant because it was far away from home and my family, but I wanted to take the risk and try something new,” Sergio Redondo recalled how he felt when he was considering the Frontiers Master’s Program.
In 2013, Audra Huffmeyer backpacked through Europe and parts of Asia, visiting over 20 countries. “Before attending Michigan, I lived in Nepal for five months.
Bryan Juarez initially dismissed the Frontiers Master's Program – for fear of venturing outside of California – until two colleagues encouraged him to embrace an unknown (to him) geographical landscape.
James Kupihea was a film student making a nature documentary on trees, and while he was always interested in science, he found that he was extremely interested in the physiology and ecology of the trees.
“During my summer at the Biological Station, I studied the effects of ultraviolet exposure on the coloration, morphology, and chemical composition of pitcher plants,” said Lizette Ramirez.
During his first summer as a Frontiers student in 2012, Naim Edwards surveyed two distinct forest stands: Forest Accelerated Succession Experiment (FASET) and AmeriFlux at the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan.
Clarisse Betancourt Román grew up in Puerto Rico and studied Environmental Science at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus.
During Beatriz Otero Jimenez’s first summer with the Frontiers program, she worked at the Forest Accelerated Succession ExperimenT (FASET) and Ameriflux sites at the University of Michigan Biological Station.
Alexandria Moore, who is interested in conservation ecology and biodiversity, researched the fitness impacts that certain herbivores have on the common milkweed.
Marcella Baiz investigated the relationship between substrate size and antlion larvae who don’t “clean their plate,” known as partial prey consumption, for her summer research project at the U-M Biological Station.
Serge Fariñas discovered ecology as a career through an undergraduate program funded by the Ecological Society of America.
Theresa Ong worked with Professor Francesca Cuthbert at the U-M Biological Station during the summer of 2009 testing the anti-predator behavior of captive-reared endangered Piping Plovers of the Great Lakes region.
Senay Yitbarek's research has focused on the formation of patterns in real ecosystems, but this time through the lens of ants.
Hessler is interested in induced dispersal in response to seed predation. Her research design addresses the question, "Can heavy seed predation induce phenotypic plasticity in dispersal traits of a plant?"
John Berini spent his first summer in the Frontiers program working with Professor Phil Myers in the northernmost extremities of the Lower Peninsula.
Hannah Foster spent her first summer in the program looking at culverts as a mechanism for habitat fragmentation in crayfish populations at the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan.