Amy Truitt

E-mail: amtruitt@pdx.edu

School Partner: Glencoe High School, Hillsboro
Teacher Partner:
Linda Wolf
Butterfly pathology and effects of disease on population dynamics
Dr. Catherine E. de Rivera, Environmental Science
Phd in Environmental Science


After eight years of working as a researcher in the field of neuroscience, I found myself seeking more applicable science work and decided to pursue my Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Two years of being employed as a Cascade to Coast GK-12 teaching assistant prepared and excited me for the beginning of the fellowship stage of the program. Currently, my dissertation research is on investigating the spread of insect diseases, with a focus on butterflies infected with the reproductive parasite Wolbachia. With the GK-12 fellowship, I am working to provide guidance and inspiration as students begin exploring their own scientific curiosity.

Tim Elder

E-mail: telder@pdx.du

School Partner: Gresham High School, Gresham
Teacher Partner: Kathy Childress
Research: Ecology and Population Dynamics of Columbia River Salmon
Advisor: Dr. Angela Strecker, Environmental Science and Management
Degree: Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management


Tim is a forth year PhD student, studying ecology and population dynamics of salmon on the Columbia River. Prior to the National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship, I worked as a laboratory teaching assistant in the Environmental Science and Management department at Portland State University and as a fish biologist for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. My current research focuses on identifying variables that influence salmon survival through hydroprojects in the Lower Columbia River and assessing of the occurrence and possible causes of the "sneaky male" life history strategy among salmonids.

Monica Mogilewsky

E-mail: msm4@pdx.edu

School Partner: Gresham Highschool, Gresham
Teacher Partner: Jennie Richards
Research: Lemur Behavior and Ecology
Advisor: Dr. Natalie Vasey, Anthropology
Degree: PhD in Environmental Science and Resources


I fell in love with lemurs while doing undergraduate research on inter and intra species communication for her senior thesis. After earning my BA in Biology/Chemistry from New College of Florida, I worked for the Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF), managing the lemur colony at their Myakka City Lemur Reserve for ten years. LCF’s lemurs served as ambassadors, teaching students of all ages about evolution, biodiversity, science in society, and conservation; their charm, charisma, and resiliency in the face of rapid and severe environmental degradation inspired me to earn a Master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of London’s International Programme. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Environmental Science and Resources at Portland State University, studying the interactions between lemur behavior, ecological heterogeneity and environmental change in the Masoala National Park, Madagascar. I am passionate about the power of biodiversity and conservation to improve peoples’ lives, both at home and abroad.

Whitney McClees

E-mail: wmcclees@pdx.edu

School Partner: Mt Tabor Middle School, Portland
Teacher Partner: Kirk Ordway
Research: Ecology of marine fouling invertebrates.
Advisor: Dr. Catherine de Rivera, Environmental Science
Degree: Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Resources


I am in my second year as a PhD student in Cat de Rivera's lab at Portland State University. I earned my undergraduate degree from Drew University in Environmental Science and Theatre Arts (focusing on technical theatre). After completing my degree, I interned with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Invasions lab where I became more interested in studying marine invasive species. Working at a marine science education non-profit in Connecticut introduced me to teaching marine science to middle and high school students, which is how I became interested in the GK-12 Fellowship. My research focuses on the marine invertebrate fouling community. I am researching the effects humans have on the community structure of native fouling species through exploring the effects of invasive species, artificial structures such as docks or rock sea walls, and climate change.

updated 9/18/15