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Kathryn Sokolowski

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Kathryn Sokolowski Graduate, Department of Anthropology Kathryn Sokolowski is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, specializing in paleoecology and zooarchaeology. Her research explores the interactions between animals, including humans, and their environment in the past. Specifically, she studies how species respond to environmental change in South Africa over glacial and interglacial cycles. Graduate Student […]

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Ben Williamson

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Ben Williamson Graduate, Department of Geography I’m a doctoral student in Geography, with interests in human geography, environmental politics, technology, and interdisciplinarity. Before returning to graduate school, I was the Executive Director of a Wyoming-based non-profit focused on supporting innovative social and ecological research. Prior, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology from the University […]

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Sabrina Santos

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Sabrina Santos Graduate, Professional Master of Science and Technology Sabrina is a graduate student in the Professional Master of Science and Technology program. She currently is working on a project focused on hydrological characteristics of an engineered wetland near the Great Salt Lake. Specifically, her research explores water quality as urban stormwater runoff flows through […]

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Junsik Kim

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Junsik Kim Department of Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design I am Junsik Kim, Ph.D. Candidate in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design. I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I obtained a bachelor’s and master’s in landscape architecture from Kyungpook National University and Seoul National University, South Korea. Following graduation, I worked as a […]

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Ishmael Medina

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Ishmael Medina Department of Anthropology  I have dedicated my research efforts to reconstructing Utah’s Indigenous maize farming niche and exploring the intricate relationships between farmers and their local ecology. With the guidance and support of my advisor, Dr. Brian Codding, I plan to expand this project to encompass the entirety of the continental U.S. By […]

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Tristalee Mangin

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Tristalee Mangin Graduate Student, Department of Chemical Engineering Tristalee is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She is working on two main projects under her advisor, Dr. Kerry Kelly – the SmartAir and Seed2Soil Indoor Air Quality projects. The SmartAir project intends to reduce local vehicle engine idling pollution using a dynamic, real-time display incorporating air […]

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Pheej Lauj

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Pheej Lauj (Pheng Lor) Graduate student, Environmental Humanities  Pheej is an Environmental Humanities graduate student and Mellon Community Engagement Fellow at the University of Utah. For his Mellon fellowship, he partners with OCA Asian American Pacific Islander Advocates Utah to bridge environmental and sustainability resources and relationships to the Utah Asian and Pacific Islander (API+) communities. His […]

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Ja’net Baide

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Ja’net Baide PhD student, Department of Anthropology Ja’net Baide is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Ja’net’s research interests include isotope analysis, skeletal biology, and public health policy. For her dissertation, Ja’net will explore human migration patterns during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly to Little Ice Age and the health outcomes of migrants […]

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Seth Jackson  

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Seth Jackson Graduate, Department of Chemistry Seth is a current 2nd year graduate student at the University of Utah in the chemistry department. He did his undergraduate at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he studied the production of secondary organic aerosols in ozone reactions. He is currently studying conjugated polymers as organic mixed […]

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Madelyn Purnell

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Madelyn Purnell Adapting to Change: Evolutionary History of Extremophile Nematodes in the Great Salt Lake Graduate, School of Biological Sciences I am currently a Graduate Student working with Dr. Michael Werner. I am researching past climate change on Great Salt Lake (GSL) and its effect on community structures and gene response in model eukaryotic organisms. […]

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