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Selected undergraduate research assistants:

Jacob Asplund & Brenda Lemay: Research assistants for field expedition to Kenya, May 2012 - Gede Ruins National Monument Restoration project, in collaboration with A Rocha Kenya and National Museums of Kenya. Brenda works for the Bonneville Education Foundations' Puyallup Watershed Intitative, and Jake entered a graduate program in Entomology at Washington State University in 2013.

 

Heather Minnella, Maria Nitz, and Jason Hitchcock: Research assistants for field expedition to Kenya, September 2010, and co-authors on Banks et al. 2012 Ostrich. Heather is currently a Biological Technician with the Snoqualmie Tribe Environmental & Natural Resources Department; Jason began a Doctor of Pharmacy program at UW Seattle in 2013.

 

Christopher Thomas: Research assistant for field expedition to Kenya, 2009, and co-author on Banks et al. 2010 Journal of African Ecology. During his time at UWT, Christopher was awarded a Chancellor's Fund grant to conduct a study of his own assessing the effectiveness of environmental education efforts around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in eastern Kenya. Christopher recently earned a Master's degree studying the political ecology of forest management in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon.

 

Levi Keesecker: Research assistant for field study of beetle & spider diversity of forest fragments/farms in Costa Rica (2005-2006) and co-author on Banks et al. 2007 Pan-Pacific Entomologist. Levi was awarded a Research Scholarship from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students to support his spider taxonomy work (see UWT News & Events); he is currently a graduate student at the University of Idaho, and doing fieldwork at CATIE in Costa Rica.

 

Patti Sandvik: Research assistant for field study of beetle & spider diversity of forest fragments/farms in Costa Rica (2003-2005) and co-author on Banks et al. 2007 Pan-Pacific Entomologist. Patti currently works for the Washington State Department of Ecology.

 

Connie L. Yasenak: Research assistant for field work on beetle response to vegetation diversity and spatial scale in agroecosystems (2000-2002); co-author on Banks & Yasenak 2003 Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. Connie (Clay) is now a Major and Squadron Commander in the US Air Force, stationed in Florida.

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