Post-Docs and Graduate Students

Dr. Krista Kemppinen

IUCN Marine Biodiversity Assessment Lead, Post Doctoral Research Associate

Research

Krista oversees our ASU-IUCN partnership projects. In coordination with scientists around the globe, she is leading our reassessments of the world’s reef-building corals, tunas and billfishes. She is also working to identify gaps in conservation for transborder species. With training in climate science, forestry and ArcGIS, Krista’s analytical and project management skills are essential for fulfilling our multiple projects and partnership goals.

Doctoral Students

Linda Howard

Biology and Society, PhD candidate 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 candidate 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 candidate 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 on plastic pollution in the Philippines.

Luis Gutierrez

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

Research Interests

Luis graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology & Ecology) with minors in Sustainability and Spanish. His doctoral research uses IUCN Redlist methodology to conduct ecosystem assessments of coral habitat and coral species. Currently, he is conducting a regional analyses of coral reefs in the Caribbean, and is planning additional field research in Puerto Rico to assess the impacts of local and global threats on coral species, communities, and ecosystem function.

Masters Students

Kenneth Carroll

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

Research Interests

Kenneth earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from ASU in December 2019, and volunteered in our lab during the spring 2020 semester. His masters thesis research involves quantifying organic contaminants and microplastics in soils collected from low to high use field sites in Antarctica.

Ashley Bennett

Biological Data Sciences, MS student in the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Research Interests

Ashley is working on developing a database and data portal for the general public to access and query our lab’s long-term water quality monitoring project in metro-Phoenix.

Alex Petrosino

Biological Data Sciences, MS student in the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Research Interests

Alex is currently based in Florida, and has an interest in marine science and conservation. For his masters thesis, he is working on developing a petrochemical vulnerability index for marine invertebrates in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cassidy Fredette-Roman

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

Research Interests

Cassidy graduated from ASU’s Barretts Honors College in 2020. For her masters research, she is creating a trait-based risk assessment to plastic ingestion and entanglement for the world’s marine mammals.