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 complete analyses on the status of the world’s eels! 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

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 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 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 on plastic pollution 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.

Luis Gutierrez

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

Research Interests

Luis is just starting his PhD in 2020. He hopes to focus his research on coral reef conservation and risk assessment.

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. He will start as a new Masters student in Fall 2020, and is interested in studying microplastics in Antarctic soils.

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. Her research aims to provide a better understanding of how human presence affects local species dynamics in the Verde River system in eastern Arizona. 

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.

Staley Lane

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

Research Interests

Staley earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from ASU in 2019 and is now working towards her Masters degree. She is conducting her research in Costa Rica using camera traps to determine the population size of jaguars in a critical protected area that will help to create more viable wildlife corridors.

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.