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Research Program Mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

Environmental Science
Natalia

Natalia

PhD candidate

Expertise

Genetic regulation, Biochemistry, Microbiology

Alexandra

Alexandra

MS candidate

Expertise

Ecology, conservation, ornithology, habitat management

Julianne

Julianne

PhD

Expertise

Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Water-Energy Nexus, water treatment, Public Policy

Holly

Holly

PhD

Expertise

Water treatment, nanotechnology, environmental justice, environmental engineering, green chemistry, green engineering, environmental policy, sustainable materials

Erin

Erin

PhD candidate

Expertise

Conservation, ecology, wildlife ecology, human-wildlife conflict, zoology, climate change impacts on wildlife/vegetation, animal movement modeling

Christian

Christian

PhD candidate

Expertise

Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Ecology, Microbial ecology, Geochemistry, Plant-microbe interactions

Steffaney

Steffaney

PhD candidate

Expertise

Harmful algal blooms; Microbial ecology; Marine Biology; Science Communication & Art

Amanda

Amanda

PhD

Expertise

Social and Environmental science - geology, archaeology, anthropology, environmental studies, history, languages (ancient - Greek, Latin, Akkadian, Sumerian; modern- French, German, Armenian)

Carmen

Carmen

PhD

Expertise

Child health, neuroscience, science writing

Micah

Micah

PhD candidate

Expertise

Earth Science, Climate Change, Carbon Sequestration, Soil Science, Critical Zone Science, Carbon Cycling, Biogeochemistry

Christian

Christian

PhD candidate

Expertise

Spatial Data Science; Movement Ecology; Marine Biology; Fisheries Science

Samantha

Samantha

PhD candidate

Expertise

Marine biology, conservation biology, and international development

Laura

Laura

MS

Expertise

Marine Biology, Coral Reef Ecology, Coral Reef Restoration, Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology

Shalimar

Shalimar

PhD candidate

Expertise

Ecology, marine biology, oceanography, fisheries management, environmental policy, remote sensing

Jonathan

Jonathan

PhD candidate

Expertise

Marine science, conservation biology, environmental law, environmental policy

Jaclyn

Jaclyn

MS

Expertise

environmental science, conservation, marine science, sustainability, conservation planning, strategic planning, environmental psychology

Nadeem

Nadeem

MS

Expertise

Renewable Energy, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

Pamelia

Pamelia

MS

Expertise

Marine biology, ecology, aquaculture, fisheries, field and laboratory studies

Kate

Kate

PhD

Expertise

biology, microbiology, ecology, evolution, genomics, zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, biodiversity conservation

Jocelyn

Jocelyn

MPH candidate

Expertise

public health, community health, early childhood development, maternal and child health