Anna Moreland. UC Santa Cruz 2018
Project: "Measuring the physical performance of southern alligator lizards in a changing climate"
Carly Sanchez. UC Santa Cruz 2018
Project: "Quantifying kinematics of sea otter tool use behavior"
Parker Kaye. UC Santa Cruz. SMURF Intern. 2017–2018
Project: "Small mammal population survey of Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve"
Jennilyn Stenske. UC Santa Cruz. SMURF Intern. 2017–present
Project: "Population dynamics of small mammals at UC Santa Cruz FERP"
Ekai Richards. UC Santa Cruz 2017
My name is Ekai Richards and I have recently graduated from UCSC with a Marine Biology B.S. and Education minor. I am currently working on using collected data from dry skull methods on a variety of Musteloidea to determine evolutionary allometric relationships between different dietary groups and bite force. Additionally I am working on receiving my scientific diving certification to further my capabilities as a researcher. While plans remain uncertain I wish to continue to expand my skills as both a researcher and educator to be able to help teach future marine scientists.
Project: “Effects of Diet on the Scaling of Bite Forces in Musteloidea”
Sam Sambado. UC Santa Cruz. SMURF Intern. 2017
Project: "Believe it or not, it’s truei: correction of misidentified Peromyscus boylii as P. truei in Santa Cruz County."
Kaz Jones. UC Santa Cruz. SMURF Intern. 2016–2017
Project: “Differentiation of craniomandibular morphology in two sympatric Peromyscus mice (Cricetidae:
Meghan Yap-Chiongco. UC Santa Cruz 2016–2017
I recently completed my undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, with a degree in Ecology and Evolution. Previously, I have worked at the California Academy of Sciences under Dr. Richard Mooi studying the morphology, ontogeny, and evolution of ophicephalous pedicellariae in clypeasteroid sea urchins. In the Mehta lab, I am working on a phylogeny of amphibious fishes in order to character map elongation onto the phylogeny. The goal of this project is to see what morphological adaptations coincide with colonization events. I am very interested in systematics and functional morphology, and am currently in the process of applying to graduate school in order to continue with research.
Shohei Burns. UC Santa Cruz 2014
Shohei is a fourth year UCSC student double majoring in Neuroscience and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is interested in animal physiology/morphology and has extraordinary plans to become a wildlife veterinarian once he graduates and attends vet school. He is the MSI instructor for Bio 20B and has done independent research projects in both Costa Rica and Corsica, France. He’s currently working with Chris Law on estimating bite forces in the Musteloidea super family – they hope use molecular data from Genbank and morphometric data from numerous skull collections to correlate and reconstruct certain phylogenies within Musteloidea. In his free time, Shohei loves to surf, SCUBA dive, backpack, and write bios in the third person! He can be further contacted at email@example.com.