Graduate Students

Marielle Abalo

Biology and Society, PhD Candidate in the School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

Marielle’s research is focused on human-environment dynamics, especially within the context of coastal and marine environments in Latin America. She research is exploring case studies of marine mammals in protected areas in Brazil and the Galapagos that coincide with human use such as fisheries, with the goal of informing better conservation practices.

Linda Howard

Biology and Society, PhD student in the School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

Linda’s research interest is in conservation and environmental policy. More specifically, she is interested in assessing the integration of biologic research into the policy-making process. Linda is leading our work on conservation of Sonoran Desert plant species, and has recently been appointed as the Red List Coordinator for the IUCN SSC Sonoran Desert Plant Specialist Group.

Tiffany Lewis

Environmental Life Sciences, PhD student in the School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

Tiffany is interested in how pollution effects environmental and human health, and how we can come together with communities to implement successful conservation strategies. Tiffany is leading our work on environmental contaminants, biodiversity decline and community engagement in American Samoa.

Erin Murphy

Environmental Life Sciences, PhD student in the School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

Erin received her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology and her Master’s degree in Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in the relationship between marine conservation and human wellness. Specifically, she hope’s to better understand how land-based pollutants can be managed at a local level to preserve important ocean resources for the communities that depend on them. Erin is leading our work in the Philippines.

Kyle Strongin

Sustainability, PhD Candidate in the School of Sustainability

Research Interests

Kyle has a masters degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on marine biodiversity, ecosystem function and the impacts of threats from fisheries and pollution in the Gulf of Mexico.

Infynity Hill

Biology and Society, MS student in the School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

Infynity earned her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from ASU in 2018 and discovered her admiration for biodiversity during her undergraduate. Infynity is interested in the life cycle of plastic and the implications of anthropogenic contaminants on environmental and human health. She hopes to further her graduate career in toxicology to working with businesses on improved environmental choices.

Kesha Cummings

Biology and Society, MS student in the School of Life Sciences

Research Interests

Kesha graduated in 2013 with a BS in Biology from ASU. She is primarily interested in wildlife, conservation, and the relationship between wildlife and human populations. My aim is to conduct research that provides better clarification and understanding of how human presence affects local species dynamics. 

Megan Woodyard

Applied Biological Sciences, MS student in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Research Interests

Megan has a bachelors degree in Statistics from ASU-West campus. Her master’s research is focused on developing a peer-reviewed petrochemical vulnerability ranking for the more than 1700 fishes present in the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem.