Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students typically join the Eliason lab during the academic year and work 5-15 h per week under the mentorship of a graduate student or postdoc. They earn academic credit (i.e., as a Directed Studies student) while learning about the basics of the research process: fish collection, fish husbandry, lab techniques, and experimental design. Eventually, students are given the opportunity to design, conduct and analyze their own hypothesis-driven experiments. All students are encouraged to attend our weekly lab meetings during the academic year. During the summer, undergraduate students join the lab for ~3 month paid immersive research programs (e.g., NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), UC LEADS, Worster Mentorship and Schmidt Mentorship programs). We also hire undergraduate students and recently graduated students to work as technicians.

Our undergraduate students have authored Senior Honors Theses, research posters, and peer-reviewed publications. They have presented their research at scientific conferences, including the EEMB Undergraduate Symposium and Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting.   

After leaving the Eliason lab, students have gone on to do amazing things! Next steps include: medical school, grad school, observer for NOAA in Alaska, field tech for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, lab tech at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, field/lab tech for university labs, lab tech at biotech companies, field tech at consulting companies, medical tech in clinics. We wish all our Eliason lab alumni the best of luck!

2022-2023ProjectRole
Kate BeckerDiet and temperature impacts on heartsDirected Studies
Madeline YungDiet impacts on performanceDirected Studies
Eileen SchauermanDiet impacts on performanceDirected Studies
Summer 2022ProjectRole
Kate BeckerDiet and temperature impacts on heartspaid summer intern (Coastal fund)
Madeline YungDiet impacts on performancepaid summer intern (Coastal fund)
Eileen SchauermanDiet impacts on performanceWorster Award (mentor: Emily Hardison)
2021-2022ProjectRole
Andrea ChandlerMapping fish vulnerabilityDirected Studies; Honors research
Bella GiglioThermal tolerance in sharksDirected Studies; Honors research
Yvette GaytonBlood cell morphology in perchDirected Studies
Cam BlairCoronary supply to coho salmonDirected Studies
Kate BeckerDiet and temperature impacts on heartsDirected Studies
Zoe PelechDiet and temperature impacts on heartsDirected Studies
Madeline YungFatty acid impacts on thermal plasticityDirected Studies
Jaden HardingFatty acid impacts on thermal plasticityDirected Studies
Summer 2021ProjectRole
Claire AndersonThermal variability on fish performanceCoastal Fund
Yvette GaytonBody size impacts on performance in fishSchmidt Mentorship Award (Mentor: Krista Kraskura)
Andrea ChandlerMapping fish vulnerabilityWorster Award (Mentor: Terra Dressler)
Cam BlairTrout thermal tolerance in Oregonpaid summer intern
Lucy JohnsonOmnivory impacts on thermal plasticitypaid summer intern
2020-2021ProjectRole
Lucy JohnsonReview of speed of acclimationDirected Studies; Honors research; Dean Bazzi Memorial Scholarship winner
Claire AndersonThermal variability on fish performanceDirected Studies
Bella GiglioThermal tolerance in sharksDirected Studies
Summer 2020ProjectRole
Claire AndersonThermal variability on fish performanceCoastal Fund
Lucy JohnsonReview of speed of acclimationWorster Award (Mentor: Krista Kraskura)
2019-2020ProjectRole
Vincent Han LeeTemperature effects on SoCal troutDirected Studies; Honors research; Dean Bazzi Memorial Scholarship winner
Claire AndersonThermal variability on fish performanceDirected Studies
Bella GiglioDiet impacts on performanceDirected Studies
Robert BeardNutrient composition of fish fecesDirected Studies
Summer 2019ProjectRole
Kylie Van De WyngaerdeHeart rate biologging in lobstersSBC LTER NSF REU student
Tina NguyenDiet impacts on fish swimmingUC LEADS student
Maggie SleinHypoxia impacts on lobster heartsOcean Change Biology NSF REU student
Vincent Han LeeTemperature effects on SoCal troutWorster Award (Mentor: Terra Dressler)
Haley GlasmannRole of fish feces for coral healthNSF REU
Mason TittleDiet impacts on fish swimmingpaid summer intern
Benjamin DrescherLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
Grace Rosburg-FrancotLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
Alicia MagliatoLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
Kyle McCaffreyLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
2018-2019ProjectRole
Bella GiglioDiet impacts on performanceDirected Studies
Anhadh JassalDiet impacts on performanceDirected Studies
Nils MethoteDNA to determine fish distributionDirected Studies; paid tech
Jennay ArgirisDiet impacts on performanceDirected Studies
Chandler CampbellNutrient composition of fish fecesDirected Studies
Yasmine SolimanMetadata fish scalingvolunteer
Alexander VitaScaling and phenotypic plasticityvolunteer
Summer 2018ProjectRole
Benjamin DrescherLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
Jannine FischerLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
Morgan RieckLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
Trenton RubioLPNF stream statusUSFS field tech
2017 -2018ProjectRole
Thomas LenihanMetabolic scaling in ant coloniesCCS research