Perhaps the best part of being a professor is getting to work with bright and
talented students. That’s why I’m so happy to share the great news that four new
(outstanding!) students are joining the Laboratory for Conservation Biogeography.
First comes Sarah Hardage, who is an undergraduate electrical engineering
major at UNR. She’s working on a number of projects, including developing some
analyses from spatial climatic data for the Great Basin and Central Asia. And while
programming is a big part of her responsibilities, she seems to be enjoying learning
about geography and spatial data and is also getting involved in some field research.
Giancarlo Sadoti is joining the lab this summer as a PhD student in geography.
Giancarlo has a M.S. in environmental sciences from U. Idaho and a B.S. from
Prescott College and has worked extensively in avian ecology and analysis of spatial
data. At UNR, he’ll continue to work with birds, but focus on the influences of
climate change and extreme weather.
Nyssa Perryman joins the lab as a PhD student in geography. She brings a
background in geology/atmospheric sciences and English from William and Mary,
and a MS in geosciences from Mississippi State. Among the first projects she’ll take
on is helping to design and set up a network of temperature loggers in order to
better characterize spatio-temporal heterogeneity in temperatures at the Nevada
Climate Transect Network site near Great Basin National Park in Eastern Nevada.
Both Giancarlo and Nyssa were awarded the prestigious and competitive Mackay
Scholarship from the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering upon entry
to our program.
Last, but not least, Dave Simeral joins the lab as a PhD student. Dave earned a
Bacherlor’s at Arizona State and a Master’s in geography from Northern Arizona.
Dave is also a research meteorologist at DRI with a long history in weather and
climate research and instrumentation in mountain environments. His dissertation
research on mountain meteorology and climate is at the San Francisco Peaks of
Northern Arizona, where he set up a network of monitoring stations.