Lab PI: Michael Collyer, PhD

m dot collyer at chatham dot edu

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Masters Student: Victoria Turnbill

Victoria Turnbill is a graduate student at Chatham University conducting thesis research with the help of Dr. Collyer and working towards her Master of Science degree in Biology. Her main areas of interest are in evolutionary biology and vertebrate physiology, and her current studies involve identifying sexual dimorphism in North American pupfish of the genus Cyprinodon through the lens of allometry and geometric morphometrics. Victoria graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and plans on entering a PhD program after completing her time at Chatham.

Student Researcher: Ericka Gibson

My name is Ericka Gibson and I am a junior at Chatham University pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. When I was younger, I always wanted to play school, even in the summer. Which then lead me to the path of being an educator. I also have a passion for science that started at an early age, which is now inspiring me to get a masters in STEM Education so that I can be a facilitator in inquiry science-based lessons. To me, becoming a teacher is a great honor because I would be educating children that come from a variety of different backgrounds. Teaching to me is about building upon the knowledge and then applying it to real-world scenarios. I am currently volunteering at Phipps Conservatory helping with their Science Education Camps.

Student Researcher: Curtis Szewczyk

My name is Curtis Szewczyk and I am currently a junior at Chatham University, planning to graduate in Fall 2018. I am majoring in biology with a focus on environmental science and ecology. I plan on attending graduate school for ecology and evolutionary biology, and I hope to continue onto a career focused on aquatic ecology. My interest in aquatic ecology stems from my aquarist internship with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.