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Caren Cooper

Graduate Students

Suzanne Hartley (Suz) is pursuing a master’s degree in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation. Her current research involves Sparrow Swap, a citizen science project aimed at helping bluebirders better manage invasive species and the potential to use invasive house sparrow eggs as bioindicators of environmental contaminants. Her interests are in ecology and behavioral ecology, and research will probably focus on natural and anthropogenic (contaminant) factors shaping characteristics of wild bird eggs.  Her previous research experiences includes studying food webs of juvenile salmon and aquatic insects in Alaska and the population dynamics of an invasive cranefly and entomopathogenic nematodes in New York State. When she’s not handling stinky house sparrow eggs, Suzanne enjoys cooking, hiking, and experimenting with urban container gardening.

 

Brittany Carson (Carson) is a graduate student studying for an interdisciplinary masters in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. She passionate about social and environmental equity and a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University where she first started doing environmental research pertaining to disparities in traditionally undeserved communities. Carson is currently working on a citizen science project titled Sound Around Town with National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division that aims to access the acoustic environment in urban and suburban areas relating to noise pollution and perceptions of soundscapes to potentially uncover patterns of disparities. She is also interested in NC State’s public interest design program that addresses societal and environmental issues affecting the built environment, and participates in service learning projects during the year. She hopes to continue developing skills that will aid undeserved and oppressed communities and ecosystems. Outside of school, she is a studio assistant at the Durham Art Councils clay studio and enjoy creating pieces of art from dirt, gardening,writing, reading, music, and going see plays.

Charmaine Pedrozo (coming soon)

 

My lab summer 2017 (photos by Lauren Nichols)

We spend a lot of time with wild bird eggs that we receive from citizen science volunteers across the United States…

and unpack…

and curate…

 

all behind a glass wall at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences…

and on the computer…

and managing data…

and designing other citizen science projects…