Hi! My name is Isa Betancourt. I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs with a passion for nature that was stoked by annual family camping trips and my own backyard. For years I was enthralled by the extreme diversity and abundance of insects which led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Entomology at Cornell University. Along with my studies, I enjoy serving as an officer of Snodgrass and Wigglesworth, (Cornell’s undergraduate Entomology club), playing soccer, surfing, and exploring nature. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for nature with other students!
Presentation: Exoskeleton: The insects’ secret to success
Serina Brady is a junior Animal Science major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. She enjoys learning as much as she can about animals and the world around her. She is a member of the Cornell chapter of the Wildlife Society and has a passion for birds and their behavior. Serina enjoys hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. She is looking forward to teaching and sharing her enthusiasm for science with others!
Presentation: Skulls and bones
Victoria Di Camillo is a junior Natural Resources Major with (hopefully!) an education minor. She has always loved being outside, especially watching the birds and squirrels at her mother’s feeders. A native of the Philadelphia area, she enjoys soccer, distance running, and climbing trees in her spare time.
Presentation: Mammalian skulls
Danielle Dryer: Hi! My name is Danielle Dryer and I am currently a junior within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who is studying Neurobiology. Ever since I can remember, I have always been actively involved outdoors, whether it was hiking, backpacking, kayaking, stargazing, or even the thrill of gorge jumping. By constantly being surrounded by nature as I grew up, I found my passion in science and, in particular, with the cognition and behavioral patterns of animals. This year, I look forward to sharing my knowledge of owls, which have continually intrigued me for years.
Michael Garvey: I am a Junior Entomology major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I have been fascinated by the diversity of insects and arthropods all my life and since a young age knew I wanted to learn everything I could about this under appreciated group. My main fascination with arthropods is their different types of social behavior, specifically focusing on the reasons why insects and spiders develop and maintain social groups. As a secondary interest I am also concerned about invasive insect pests and how best to control them in order to minimize damage and conserve our natural habitats. Currently I am working in an invertebrate pathology lab focusing on the control of the Asian Longhorned Beetle and hope to pursue a graduate degree in either insect social behavior or effective insect pest management.
Eric Gordon is a junior biology major concentrating in animal physiology and insect biology. From central Ohio, he nurtures a passion for the diversity of life through his coursework and by spending as much time outdoors as possible. He plans to pursue a career in scientific research. Eric is very excited to share his enthusiasm and knowledge in biology with children of all ages.
Presentation: Millipedes and Centipedes
Presentation: Reptile and amphibian biology
Tyler Helmann is a sophomore biological and plant sciences major. He enjoys spending time outdoors, eating local foods, and wandering the many gardens at Cornell. Currently, he is doing research on the evolving interactions between tomato and Pseudomonas, a pathogen that causes bacterial speck. An Ithaca native, he is excited for the opportunity to teach locally, and share his passion for science.
Presentation: Plant defenses
Presentation: Crypsis and mimicry
Emily Kearney is a junior Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major with a minor in Latin American studies. She wants to pursue a career in research and work on plant-insect interactions. She also loves teaching and volunteers with REACH at Cornell to tutor at local high schools. Her favorite hobbies are yoga, rock climbing and running and she loves being outdoors even in the worst of weather.
Presentation: Adaptations for water
My name is Alex Kumar and I am a senior double majoring in Natural Resources and Biology. I have always loved the outdoors and am especially interested in the animals that inhabit nature. I hope to conduct research and teach in mammalogy or conservation biology. I also enjoy nature photography and backpacking.
Presentation: Small mammals
Gavin Mackellar: I am from Canton NY, a small town in northern NY and have lived my entire life in Canton. I have always loved the outdoors and during my college years I have further developed these interests, expanding into ecology and conservation. What interests me most in ecology are forests, and forest management. With this interest I plan on getting a masters in forestry so I can go into forest management and educate others on how to properly treat and manage a forest. My top personal interest is in maple syrup production, which I would like to apply my forestry and ecology knowledge to for my own benefit and to teach others best management practices.
Presentation: Seed dispersal
Sarah Myers is a sophomore Natural Resources and Plant Sciences student. She grew up playing and exploring in her backyard, and has since developed a passion for ecosystems science, plant interactions, conservation biology, and trail maintenance; she has put these many interests to use in her extensive work with both the Park Service and the Forest Service. She loves backpacking, caving, winter camping, and spreading this passion to others! She would love the chance to share her story and her love of the environment with other kids around Ithaca!
Mia Park: I am a graduate student in entomology interested in pollination biology and insect conservation. I currently study the importance of wild bees in pollination of apple. As a child growing up in a large city, insects were my backyard wildlife. Learning about their diversity, natural history and importance is an endless journey of discovery. I hope to share that sense of wonder and appreciation with others through outreach and teaching. Outside of school, I like to draw, watercolor and be outside.
Amara Pinnock: I am a senior animal science major and education minor at Cornell. In the future, I can see myself either being a veterinarian or a teacher; I am not exactly sure yet. I have a love for music and love to sing and play the piano. I am excited about this class and about my teaching and am looking to have a great time and to learn a great deal.
My name is Stephanie Rhoades. I am a junior studying animal science and agricultural science education at Cornell. I grew up in Adams, NY. During my summers I enjoy working at a camp in the Adirondacks that is only an hour from my home. In the future I would like to teach agricultural courses to high school students. Those classes may include environmental science, animal science, plant science, and many more diverse subjects.
Presentation: Invasive species
Avery Russell: I am a senior in the Entomology and Plant Science majors. Currently I am working in a research lab where I am studying the morphology, physiology, and evolution of a leg sensory organ in flies. I am also interested in the interaction of plants with insects and especially the methods by which plants can protect themselves from attack, as well as how insects can overcome these defenses. I have found evolutionary coevolution, convergence, and modification in general to be quite fascinating and it is always a pleasure to learn and discuss the processes of evolution. I will be applying to graduate school in the hopes of becoming a professor and I plan to remain active in research, as well as teach.
Presentation: Plant-insect interactions
Presentation: Bird migration
Marc Seligson is a senior Nutritional Sciences major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, pursing a minor in Global Health. While his background is mainly in public health, he has spent many years studying biology and entomology. Marc spent three months this summer in Honduras working in public health and doing research. His time in Honduras gave him a great amount of outreach and teaching experience. In the future he would like to continue doing research and eventually go to medical school.
Tara Stonex is a junior animal science major. She group up showing dogs in 4-H as well as being involved in many other 4-H project areas. She loves working with children and animals and watching them teach each other. Growing up in rural Washington, she has always had a love of nature and misses all the green. Her career goals include becoming a doctor and working in Cambodia.
Presentation: Mammalian skulls
Christine Wilkinson is a senior Natural Resources major with a focus in applied ecology. She enjoys conducting field research on wildlife behavior, along with other outdoor activities. Christine is on Cornell’s varsity fencing team, and plays music in Cornell’s only taiko (Japanese drumming) group, along with playing guitar and cello. She loves to watch her bird feeder, and engages in various outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking, and anything that involves being muddy.
Presentation: Bird diversity and feeding ecology