People

grantpic Christopher J. Grant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biology Department
Juniata College
Office: von Liebig Center for Science 1044
Lab: vLCS-L140
email: grant@juniata.edu
phone: 814.641.6686

Current Students:

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Elijah Hall
Research Student: Biology
email: halles14@juniata.edu
Project: Predatory morphological adaptation in Micropterus salmoides (largemouth bass) in response to geographic divergence.

 

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Youn Kyung (Rachel) Kim
Research Student: Biology/pre-dental
email: kimyx16@juniata.edu
Project: Utilizing environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling to detecting the presence of Salvelinus fontinalis (brook trout) in Pennsylvania streams.

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Benjamin Martin
Research Student: Environmental Science
Email: Martibe14@juniata.edu
Project:  Micropterus dolomite (smallmouth bass) population assessment in the Juniata River basin: Impacts of land-use on agro-chemical concentrations and smallmouth bass health.

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Kelsey Pfau
Research Student: Biology/pre-med
email: pfaukl14@juniata.edu
Project: My research explores the effects of mercury concentrations and unconventional natural gas development on morphology of decapoda (crayfish).

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Lavinia Unverdorben
Research Student: Biology/pre-med
email: unverlv16@juniata.edu
Project: My research project involves understanding how environmental factors are effecting the spread of parasitic gill lice and how to best manage their impact on native Pennsylvania brook trout populations.

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Brandon Weyant
Research Student: Biology/pre-dental
email: Weyanbj14@juniata.edu
Project: Determining impacts of passive treatment remediation of Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) on mercury concentration in aquatic compartments.

Recent Graduates:

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Aaron Kulig 

email: kuligad13@juniata.edu
Position: Medical Student
Institution:  Temple University
Program: Lewis Katz School of Medicine

 

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Morgan Decker
email: DECKEMT12@juniata.edu
Position: Medical Student
Institution: Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
Program: Family Medicine Accelerated Program

 

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Allison Lutz
email: al05988@georgiasouthern.edu
Position:  Graduate Research Assistant
Institution: Georgia Southern University
Research: I am studying consumer interactions and food webs along a spatial gradient (~200 km) of the Ogeechee River using gastric lavage and gut content analysis of five major fish feeding guilds to build connectance food webs and NMDS/ANOSIM. The five fishes I am tentatively going to use are bowfin (predator), spotted sucker (bottom feeder), snail bullhead (omnivore), bannerfin shiner (minnow insectivore) and redbreast sunfish (insectivore).

 

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Jacob Oster
email: joster@umces.edu
Position: Graduate Research Assistant
Institution: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Research: I am tracking methylmercury production and export in first-order stream ecosystems using repeated porewater  and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling in two small tributaries to the Kilpatrick Marsh in Edgewater MD. The goal of this research is to develop risk assessments for wildlife linked to these ecosystems.
imageMitch Stanton
email: mrstanton93@gmail.com
Position: Biologist
Institution: University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
Research: Evaluate distribution of non-native tropical fishes.

 

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Jennifer Graves 
email
: j.m.graves2@iup.edu
Position: Graduate Student
Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Research: I will be implementing a long term climate change study in the Bear Run watershed in Indiana County, PA. Using tagging, I will track the movement of brook trout and brown trout in the watershed as the overall water temperatures increase throughout the years due to climate change.